Ramsgate Lifeboat Station
|Ramsgate Lifeboat Station|
|RNLI Lifeboat station|
Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.
|Location||Ramsgate Lifeboat Station, Western Crosswall, Ramsgate Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, Kent|
|Material||Fabricated steelwork clad with timber, and concrete|
|Founded||1802 The first lifeboat, built by Henry Greathead, was provided by the Trustees of Ramsgate Harbour.|
|Date||Current ILB boathouse and a pontoon mooring completed in 1998|
|Owner||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
Ramsgate Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the Port of Ramsgate in the English county of Kent. The station is one of the oldest to operate in the British Isles and has launched to many notable services. Over the years its crews have won over 50 awards for gallantry the most recent being in 2000.
A lifeboat station was first established at Ramsgate Harbour in 1802 by the trustees of the harbour, pre dating the formation of any national lifeboat organisation by more than 20 years. After a lapse in service between 1824 and 1851 a station was re-established by the trustees.
In 1865, the lifeboat was taken over by the Board of Trade and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and was taken over completely by the RNLI, who run the service to this day. The current lifeboat station, on the harbour wall between the inner and outer pools of the main harbour opened in 1998 and services both an onshore lifeboat, the 'Bob Turnbull' and offshore lifeboat, the 'RNLB Esme Anderson'.
During the evacuation of Troops from Dunkirk in 1940, Lifeboat Prudential, of Ramsgate was the first little ship to the rescue. The Lifeboat left Ramsgate at 2.20 in the afternoon with Coxswain Howard Primrose Knight in command with her own crew of eight men. They had been issued with gas masks, steel helmets and the lifeboat was loaded with four coils of grass warp and cans of fresh water for the troops. She took in tow eight boats, most of them wherries, manned by eighteen naval men, and when she reached Dunkirk her part was to tow the wherries between the beaches and the waiting ships. In total she rescued 2800 troops from the beaches.
All Weather Boats
|Dates in service||Class||ON||Op. No.||Name||Comments|
|1893–1905||42ft Self-Righter||ON 350||Bradford|
|1905–1926||43ft Self-Righter||ON 537||Charles and Susanna Stephens|
|1926–1953||Ramsgate-class||ON 697||Prudential||First motor lifeboat at station|
|1953–1976||46ft 9in Watson-class||ON 901||Michael and Lily Davis|
|1976–1990||Waveney-class||ON 1042||44-016||Ralph and Joy Swann|
|1990–1994||Tyne-class||ON 1154||47-036||Kenneth Thelwall II|
|1994–present||Trent-class||ON 1197||14-02||Esme Anderson|
All Weather Boat Gallery
|Dates in service||Class||Op. No.||Name|
|1969–1972||Hatch-class||A-500 (previously 17-001)|
|1972–1975||Hatch-class||A-502 (previously 17-003)|
|1975–1984||McLauchlan-class||A-510 (previously 18-010)|
|1984–2000||Atlantic 21-class||B-558||Ramsgate Enterprise|
|2000–present||Atlantic 75-class||B-765||Bob Turnbull|