Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station
|Aldeburgh lifeboat station|
Aldeburgh lifeboat station.
|Type||RNLI Lifeboat Station|
|Location||Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BP|
|Owner||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the town of Aldeburgh in the English county of Suffolk. the lifeboat station evolved from the Suffolk Shipwreck Association station in 1851 which was originally in Sizewell and there has been a lifeboat here since that date. The present station has two boats on station. These are the Mersey-class lifeboat RNLB Freddie Cooper (ON 1193) and the D-class (IB1) Inshore lifeboat RNLB Christine (D-673). The station covers the coast from Harwich to the south, and Southwold to the North.
The current lifeboat station was built in 1994 to replace a smaller older one on the same site. The new station gave cover for the first time to the boat and Talus MB-H tractor. Incorporated into the design there is a public viewing platform. The station has showers and toilet facilities for the crew and a heated store for their foul weather suits. There are also further equipment storage rooms. This new boathouse was built using part of the bequest of Mrs Eugenie Boucher who had died in 1992.
Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station currently operates two lifeboats. The All weather Lifeboat is a Mersey-class lifeboat and is called the Freddie Cooper (ON 1193) and has been on station since November 1993. The lifeboat is 38 feet long and is self-righting. She is powered by two 285 hp turbo charged Caterpillar 3208T diesel engines and she has a range of 140 nautical miles. These two engines push the boat through the water to a top speed of 16 knots. Fully laden she weighs 13 tons and she is operated by a volunteer crew of six. The Lifeboat has a capacity to rescue 43 survivors (self-righting up to 21). She was purchased using a bequest to the RNLI from the late Mrs Winifred Cooper in memory of her husband Freddie.
The inshore lifeboat Christine has been on service at Aldeburgh since April 2007. This boat was funded by the bequest of Florence Winifred Kemp in memory of her daughter. The Christine normally has a crew of three or 4 and is powered by a 50 hp outboard engine. She is capable of a top speed of 25 knots. She has the capability to be beached easily with an easy refloat and is ideal for rescues close to shore and on the sandbanks which are along the coast at Aldeburgh.
No. 1 Station
|Dates in service||Class||ON||Op. No.||Name||Comments||Photo|
|1890–1899||46ft 3in Norfolk and Suffolk-class (P&S)||ON 304||Aldeburgh||Capsized 7 December 1899. 8 men died as a result this accident|
|1899–1901||44ft Norfolk and Suffolk-class (P&S)||ON 270||Margaret||Ex Winterton|
|1902–1928||46ft Norfolk and Suffolk-class (P&S)||ON 482||City of Winchester|
|1930||43ft Watson-class||ON 620||William Macpherson||Ex Campbeltown. First motor lifeboat at station|
|1931–1958||41ft Watson-class||ON 751||Abdy Beauclerk|
|1959–1979||42ft Watson-class||ON 946||Alfred and Patience Gottwald|
|1979–1982||42ft Watson-class||ON 948||Charles Dibdin (Civil Service No. 32)||Ex Walmer|
|1982–1993||Rother-class||ON 1068||37–40||James Cable||Last displacement hull boat on station|
|1994–present||Mersey-class||ON 1193||12-034||Freddie Cooper|
No. 2 Station
|Dates in service||Class||ON||Name||Comments||Photo|
|1905–1929||35ft Liverpool-class (P&S)||ON 545||Edward Z Dresden|
|1930–1936||42ft Norfolk and Suffolk-class (P&S)||ON 607||James Leith||Ex Caister, Pakefield|
|1936–1940||38ft Liverpool-class (P&S)||ON 665||Baltic||Ex Wells|
|1940–1959||Liverpool-class||ON 832||Lucy Lavers|
|Dates in service||Class||Op No||Name|
|1997–2007||D-class (EA16)||D-520||Bob Savage|
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