Baltimore Lifeboat Station

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Baltimore Lifeboat Station
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The Station
Baltimore Lifeboat Station is located in Ireland
Baltimore Lifeboat Station
Baltimore, County Cork
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationBaltimore Lifeboat Station, Baltimore, Ireland
CountryIreland
Coordinates51°29′16″N 9°22′19″W / 51.48778°N 9.37194°W / 51.48778; -9.37194Coordinates: 51°29′16″N 9°22′19″W / 51.48778°N 9.37194°W / 51.48778; -9.37194
Opened1919
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

Baltimore Lifeboat Station is situated in Baltimore, Ireland and was established in 1919.[1] The station currently runs two lifeboats, RNLB Alan Massey (ON 1302), a Tamar-class All-Weather lifeboat, and RNLB Bessie (B-708), a B-class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat.

History[edit]

The station was established in 1919 and a masonry lifeboat house and slipway were constructed at Bull Point. This was used for all of the station's lifeboats until 2012, being adapted and upgraded over the years for newer lifeboats. With the advent of the new Tamar-class, the decision was taken not to rebuild the boathouse to take the larger boat. Instead a mooring pen was dredged alongside the boathouse and the lifeboat is kept afloat. The boathouse has been reconfigured to provide enhanced crew facilities.

Notable rescues[edit]

In August 2011, the Baltimore lifeboat 'Hilda Jarret' was involved in the rescue of the yacht Rambler 100 that capsized south of the Fastnet Rock when taking part in the Fastnet Race. 21 crew, including its skipper, George David, were recovered either from the upturned hull, or from the water.[2]

In October 1985, the lifeboat rescued the Irish Leader of the Opposition, Charles Haughey, when his yacht sank at the Mizen Head.[3]

In August 1979, during the 1979 Fastnet race, the lifeboat rescued two yachts, Regardless and Marionette.[4]

Fleet[edit]

All-Weather lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name
1919–1950 45ft Watson-class ON 649 The Shamrock (1919-20 Duke of Connaught)
1950–1978 46ft 9in Watson-class ON 854 Sarah Tilson
1978–1984 47ft Watson-class ON 955 The Robert
1984–1987 48ft 6in Oakley-class ON 1015 48-12 Charles Henry
1987–1988 52ft Barnett-class ON 949 Ethel Mary
1988–2012 Tyne-class ON 1137 47-024 Hilda Jarrett
2012–present Tamar-class ON 1302 16-22 Alan Massey [5]

Inshore lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
2008–present Atlantic 75-class B-708 Bessie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baltimore Lifeboat Station History". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Yacht Rambler 100 Capsizes In Irish Sea During Fastnet Race With 21 People Rescued". Sky News. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Baltimore lifeboat, heritage & history, Baltimore Holiday and Travel Information - Ireland". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ Loughlin, Elaine; McDonald, Leah; Rosingrave, Louise (17 August 2011). "Revealed: How American sailors linked arms to stay alive when thrown from Fastnet race boat into freezing grey waters". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Goodbye Hilda, hello to Alan: Baltimore welcomes its new lifeboat". Irish Times. Retrieved 16 February 2012.

External links[edit]

  • [1] - Baltimore Lifeboat Station Website