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10th August 2010


Ramsgate RNLI's Open Day


Ramsgate RNLI is holding its annual "Open Day" on Sunday, 22nd. August, 2010 when the boathouse and the lifeboats will be open to the general public from 10.30am - call-outs permitting!


As well as RNLI gifts, cards and general souvenirs being on sale there will also be second-hand books and an information stall from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). It is expected that local club members will be displaying some of their model ships.


During the afternoon starting, at 2.00pm, the local fishermen will be holding their annual fishing boat race. The race is along a course between Ramsgate and Broadstairs and starts and finishes at Ramsgate. Anyone who has seen the race in previous years will be aware of the good-hearted fun and mayhem amongst the fishing boat crews that takes place on the day in the Ramsgate's outer harbour.


So, for an interesting day out, to learn more about the work of the RNLI and get a close up look at two of their boats - come and join us!

27th May 2010


70th anniversary for Dunkirk Little Ships


This year being the 70th. anniversary of the 1940 evacuation of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk some 40 - 50 of the restored "little ships" that took part congregated in Ramsgate Harbour in readiness for today's crossing to Dunkirk. Among them were 2 ex-RNLI lifeboats - "Dowager" (picture left) and "Stenoa" (picture right).


"Dowager" was the RNLB "Rosa Woodd & Phyllis Lunn" which was stationed at Shoreham Harbour from 1933 for some 30 years and the boat for which the recently demolished boathouse was originally constructed. The "Stenoa" was the RNLB "Cecil and Lilian Philpott" which was stationed at Newhaven from 1930 to 1959. Both boats were taken to Dunkirk in 1940 by Royal Naval crews.


It had been expected that the "Trimilia", which was the RNLB "Prudential", would also be taking part in the crossing but sadly it appears that its arrival at Ramsgate was delayed, possibly by yesterday's strong winds and rough seas along the east coast. The "Prudential" was stationed at Ramsgate from 1925 to 1953 and along with the Margate lifeboat "Lord Southborough" went to Dunkirk in 1940 under the command of its own cox'n and regular civilian crew.


The "little ships" are due to return to Ramsgate during Monday afternoon and escorting them throughout the weekend is the RNLI's reserve Trent class lifeboat "Corinne Whitely" under the command of Ramsgate Cox'n Ian Cannon and manned by current members of the Ramsgate and Margate lifeboat crews.

9th May 2010


Historic Medal presented to Ramsgate RNLI


The Reeve family from Bromley visited Ramsgate RNLI's Lifeboat Station on Saturday 8. May to present into their safe keeping the medal awarded to family member Charles Verrion. He was awarded the medal as a member of the Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboat Crew who rescued 11 survivors from the wreck of the "Indian Chief" in January 1881. Mrs Joan Reeve was related to Charles Verrion's grandson by family marriage and having inherited the medal felt that she would like to present it to Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.


The "Indian Chief" rescue is famous in the annals of the RNLI not least because the crew were at sea in storm force conditions for 26 hours in their open lifeboat "Bradford" powered only by sail and oars. The rescue was given much publicity at the time and the Cox'n Charles Fish was presented by the RNLI with its Gold Medal and the rest of the crew of the lifeboat and the crew of the harbour steam tug "Vulcan", which assisted the lifeboat in the rescue, were each awarded the RNLI Silver Medal. Additionally, each member of both the lifeboat and tug crews received £25 10s. and a silver medal from a public subscription to which there were contributions from all over the world and it is this medal that Mrs Reeve presented to Ramsgate RNLI.


In addition to a tour of the lifeboat station the Reeve family were also taken on a private visit to the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, courtesy of the Curator, Michael Cates, to view the various artefacts relating to the rescue on display there. These, unfortunately, are not currently available for public viewing due to the unresolved situation between the Museum and TDC.

3rd March 2010


Book signing and reading in aid of the RNLI


On the 20th November 1991 the Ramsgate Lifeboat was called out to the Radio Ship “Ross Revenge” which had run aground on the Goodwin Sands.


The Lifeboat itself was also pushed onto the sands while attempting to take of the crew who were eventually air lifted to safety by an RAF helicopter. One of the crew in question, Steve Conway never forgot the risks taken by the Lifeboat crew to rescue him that day, and the reliance he and his crewmates always had on the life boat crew when anchored off the UK coast.


Steve Conway has written a memoir titled "Shiprocked - Life on the waves with Radio Caroline" about his time on the “Ross Revenge” and the dramatic end to this time. He is coming to the Ramsgate Library on Saturday 27th March 2010 at 3pm to read from this book and to say thank you to the Ramsgate Lifeboat.


In lieu of ticket sales, Steve Conway is asking all attendees to offer a donation to the RNLI.

31st January 2010


Ramsgate Lifeboat now on Facebook and Flickr


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20th October 2008


Busy start to the year for the Ramsgate Lifeboats


The RNLI has just issued its rescue statistics for the lifeboat stations in Kent, which reveals that demands for its services remains high despite the recent poor summer weather.


The figures cover the first six months – January to June 2008 – and reveal that overall, Kent in ‘08 was busier than ‘07 by 23 launches, from 142 in the first half of ‘07 to 165 in the same period in ‘08.


Of the eight stations in Kent, three – Ramsgate, Sheerness and Dover – have shown increases and continue to be the busiest respectively across the county. Ramsgate’s launches are up by nearly 50 per cent from 29 for the first six months in ‘07 to 43 for the same period in ‘08.


Launches to powered pleasure craft – jet skis, diving boats, small open power boats and large open power boats measuring over five metres – has seen the biggest increase, with 55 launches in ‘08, compared with 39 in 2007. Overall launches to vessels with machinery failure (42 out of 165 in ‘08) continues to account for roughly one third of the launches.

20th July 2008


New RNLI Christmas card to feature Indian Chief rescue


One of the RNLI's Christmas cards this year, will feature a painting inspired by the service to the Indian Chief by Ramsgate lifeboat Bradford on 5 January 1881. The original painting was by Mark Myers RSMA F/ASMA.


Copies of the card can be purchased from the RNLI's web site.

May 2008


Letter of Congratulations


For their service to the yacht "Spirit" with four persons on board; which was aground on the east side of the North Goodwins in rough seas in a freshening force 6.


Inshore lifeboat helmsman Christopher Andrews and crew members Harvey Cole and John Rabbatts, received a letter of congratulations for their "professionalism and seamanship" from the Chairman of the RNLI, Admiral Sir Jock Slater.


Additionally, a letter was sent to Lifeboat Operations Manager at Ramsgate from the Chief Executive Andrew Freemantle CBE to enable him to "comment on the significant contribution made to the service by the all weather lifeboat crew". He went on to comment - "This service demonstrated first class leadership, seamanship and decision making by Coxswain Cannon who was well served by an extremely professional and efficient crew on the all weather lifeboat during a very demanding service. Well done all of you!".


Photo Ramsgate Lifeboat Station

13th March 2008


Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat gets stamp of approval


Ramsgate RNLI all-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson is featured on a special limited-edition stamp sheet which will raise up to £20,000 for the lifesaving charity.


The stamp sheet has been produced to complement a Royal Mail stamp issue called Mayday – Rescue at Sea which is on sale from 13 March and commemorates the centenary of the adoption of S-O-S as the worldwide Morse code distress signal at sea.


The RNLI will not benefit financially from the sale of the Royal Mail stamps and so commissioned some special first day covers and the stamp sheet from Buckingham Covers, who supply limited edition products for stamp collectors. The charity hopes to raise £20,000 from their sale.


The stunning photo of Ramsgate lifeboat featured on the sheet was taken by Lieutenant Commander Russell Clark who took the photograph from a Royal Navy helicopter out on exercise. The shot shows the lifeboat returning from a re-fit last May.


Coxswain Ian Cannon from Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station said: ‘It is a great honour for our lifeboat to be featured on the stamp sheet. The photo is a great shot and really captures the Ramsgate RNLI’s lifeboat in action, battling against heavy seas. Hopefully this special stamp sheet will help remind people of the amazing work our volunteer crews do, as well as helping to raise funds for the lifeboat charity.’


The money raised from the stamp sheet and the first day covers will go towards an appeal to provide the RNLI Memorial – the first official national tribute to the many RNLI lifesavers and fundraisers who have served the charity over the last 180-plus years, especially the 438 crew members who have died while saving lives at sea


The six stamp Royal Mail Mayday – Rescue at Sea issue will run to over 30 million stamps. Each stamp features a striking photograph that captures the testing conditions encountered by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and HM Coastguard rescue helicopters in saving lives at sea. Four of the set of six stamps feature RNLI lifeboats: Barra in the Western Isles of Scotland (1st class stamp); Appledore, Devon (46 pence stamp); St Ives, Cornwall (54p stamp) and Tenby, Pembrokeshire (78p stamp). The other two stamps feature the work of HM Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent (69p stamp) and Portland (48p stamp).


For more information on ordering special limited edition RNLI first day covers and stamp sheets please call: 01303 278137 or visit:

2nd November 2007


Daniel Craig makes waves for the RNLI


Daniel Craig has spoken for the first time about his support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea.  The actor had the opportunity to meet volunteer lifeboat crew members at Ramsgate Lifeboat Station in July when, for the first time, he went to sea with the RNLI.


During his time afloat he took both the RNLI station’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat and 32 knot Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat through their paces.


Daniel Craig explains why he is supporting the RNLI charity:


‘The tireless, unassuming, and above all brave work that the RNLI volunteers undertake everyday makes me proud and honoured to be associated with them.  Please help them do their job – support your local lifeboat.’


The actor’s private visit was arranged at Daniel’s request. Coxswain Ian Cannon took it all in his stride. Speaking afterwards he admitted:


‘It was a bit of a surprise for the crew but we were thrilled to be able to show Daniel just what our RNLI lifeboat crews do. Everyone who crewed with Daniel was impressed by his knowledge and interest in the work of our charity. His handling of the inshore lifeboat was certainly impressive … he was good fun to have aboard, we’d have him back any time.'


RNLI Chief Executive Andrew Freemantle CBE welcomed Daniel’s support:


‘We are delighted that Daniel Craig has chosen to join us. His invaluable support will do much to raise our charity’s profile. With the launch earlier this week of the RNLI’s SOS Day campaign, our annual national fundraising event, this simply could not have come at a better time as we strive to raise understanding of the commitment and selflessness of our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards.

Photos Greg Williams

Ramsgate Lifeboat

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