Selsey Lifeboat Station

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Selsey Lifeboat Station
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Selsey Lifeboat Station
Selsey Lifeboat Station is located in West Sussex
Selsey Lifeboat Station
Location of Selsey Lifeboat station within West Sussex
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationChichester District, South East England, West Sussex
CountryEngland
Coordinates50°43′38.0″N 0°46′43.9″W / 50.727222°N 0.778861°W / 50.727222; -0.778861Coordinates: 50°43′38.0″N 0°46′43.9″W / 50.727222°N 0.778861°W / 50.727222; -0.778861
Opened1861
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

Selsey Lifeboat Station is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station[1] located in SelseyWest Sussex on the south coast of England.[2]

The station operates a Shannon-class lifeboat Denise and Eric (ON-1327) which is launched via SLARS from the main boathouse that stands onshore at the Kingsway, Selsey. The station also operates a D-class (IB1) inshore lifeboat, RNLB Betty and Thomas Moore (D-691).

In 2017, Selsey received a new 25 knot (29 mph) Shannon Class Lifeboat after almost 34 years of service by Tyne-class lifeboats RNLB City of London (ON-1074) and RNLB Voluntary Worker (ON-1146) the longest of any RNLI station.

History[edit]

1861–World War II[edit]

The lifeboat service in Selsey was established in 1861 with RNLB The Friend, which was launched from the beach by means of skids.[citation needed] For the station's first 25 years the lifeboat's Coxswain was James Lawrence.[3]

In 1925 work began on the construction of a new boathouse built on a piled platform with a gangway from the shore, which had a trolley track. In 1927 the boathouse was re-built again to house the station's new motor lifeboat.[citation needed]

During the Second World War, the station's crew and lifeboats were involved in many rescues. Watson-class lifeboat RNLB Canadian Pacific (ON 803) launched approximately 50 times, often to rescue pilots from fallen aeroplanes.[4][5] On 11 July 1940, the lifeboat rescued John Peel, the commanding officer of RAF 145 Squadron, minutes after he abandoned his damaged Hurricane (P3400) off Selsey Bill.[6][7]

1952–1987: improvements and inshore service[edit]

The 1958 boat house, pictured here in 2009, was demolished in 2017.

Between 1952 and 1953, the boathouse's substructure was strengthened and the slipway was lengthened. The boathouse was rebuilt in 1958 with reinforced concrete as the old structure had become unsafe due to years of coastal erosion. The deep water roller slipway was re-configured to have a gradient of 1:5, and the station was given a new fabricated steel approach gangway from the shore.[8]

In March 1968, an inshore lifeboat rescue division was established at Selsey.[9] The new inshore lifeboat was launched on a newly constructed gangway to the eastern side of the main slipway.[9] The first inshore lifeboat was a D-class lifeboat.

RNLB Canadian Pacific was withdrawn from Selsey in 1969 to serve in the RNLI relief fleet. Then in 1977 she was sold out of the service.[10]

A new boathouse was constructed for the inshore lifeboat in 1987.

2011–present: 150th anniversary and onwards[edit]

In 2011, the RNLI celebrated Selsey's 150th anniversary as a continuously active lifeboat station.[11]

In the summer of 2017, a new Selsey boathouse was built on shore at the Kingsway, which allowed all elements of the RNLI at Selsey to come together on a single site for the first time. The old Slipway station was demolished and removed between June and July 2017. In July 2017, the station's Tyne-class lifeboat Voluntary Worker was replaced by a new Shannon-class lifeboat, Denise and Eric, and Voluntary Worker was returned to Poole Headquarters.[citation needed]

Fleet[edit]

All weather lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name Comments
1922–1929 40 ft Self-righting motor ON 673 Jane Holland
1929–1937 45ft 6in Watson-class ON 714 Canadian Pacific Ex Cromer No.1. Destroyed by fire at Groves & Guttridge boatyard 18/6/37
1937–1938 45ft Watson-class ON 671 The Brothers Relief fleet boat. Ex Penlee, Falmouth
1938–1969 46ft Watson-class ON 803 Canadian Pacific Replacement for ON 714
1969–1983 48 ft 6in Oakley-class Mk.II ON 1015 48-12 Charles Henry
1983–2006 Tyne-class ON 1074 47-001 City of London
2006–2017 Tyne-class ON 1146 47-031 Voluntary Worker Ex Lytham St. Annes
2017–present Shannon-class ON 1327 13-20 Denise and Eric Carriage launched from onshore new boathouse

Inshore lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
1968–1970 D-class (RFD PB16) D-164 unnamed
1970–1980 D-class (RFD PB16) D-138 unnamed
1981–1989 D-class (EA16) D-277 Sea Lion
1989–1998 D-class (EA16) D-382 unnamed
1998–2008 D-class (EA16) D-533 Peter Cornish
2008–2018 D-class (IB1) D-691 Betty and Thomas Moore
2018-present D-class (IB1) D-827 Flt Lt John Buckley RAF

Station honours[edit]

The following are among the RNLI medals and other awards presented to crew members from Selsey Lifeboat Station:[12]

Award Date Name Award Note & Reference
May 1886 Coxswain James 'Pilot' Lawrence RNLI Silver Medal 25 Years Service[3]
June 1930 The Lifeboat crew members Thanks on Vellum
June 1930 Coxswain Frederick Barnes Bronze Medal Rescue of the Lucy B of Rye[13]
April 1950 Crewman William Arnell Thanks on Vellum & Maud Smith Award for Bravest Act
November 1951 Coxswain Leslie Pennycord RNLI Bronze Medal Rescue of the MV Swift of Costa Rica.[14]
July 1956 The Lifeboat crew members Thanks on Vellum Triple Rescue of the Maalust, Bloodhound and Coima[15]
Coxswain Douglas Grant RNLI Silver Medal
January 1961 Selsey Lifeboat Station Centenary Vellum – RNLI
December 1977 The Lifeboat crew members Vellum service certificate
December 1977 Acting Coxswain Mike Grant Thanks on Vellum
December 1978 The Lifeboat crew members Vellum service certificate
December 1978 Coxswain Mike Grant Thanks on Vellum
January 1979 The Lifeboat crew members Medal service certificate Rescue of the SS Cape Coast of Panama[15]
Coxswain Mike Grant RNLI Silver Medal
September 1983 The Lifeboat crew members Medal service certificate The rescue of Enchantress of Hamble[16]
Coxswain Mike Grant RNLI Silver Medal (Second)
October 1983 Dave Munday Ralph Glister Award for Meritorious Service
Tony Delahunty
Nigel Osborn
October 1983 The ILB crew members Framed letter of thanks
October 1983 Helmsman Dave Munday RNLI Bronze Medal The rescue of the Joan Maureen[17]
March 1984 Mechanic Ron Wells 25 years Service Award and the British Empire Medal
May 1984 D Cockayn – hon. Sec. 20 years Service Gold Badge
January 1988 Molly Woods 30 years Service Gold Badge
January 1995 Ron Carbines Dedicated Service Gold Badge
January 1998 Dr Andrew Warwick – Medical Officer Dedicated Service Gold Badge
January 1999 Jean Warwick Dedicated Service Gold Badge
Clive Cockayne
January 2011 Selsey Lifeboat Station 150 years Vellum 150 years as a continuously active lifeboat station[11]
January 2012 Clive Cockayne Bar to Dedicated Service Gold Badge

Neighbouring station locations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station website". Home page of station website – RNLI. ©2014 RNLI. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ Chichester, South Harting, and Selsey OS Explorer Map 120 Folded Map. Publisher: Ordnance Survey; B2 edition. Publishing Date:2009.ISBN 978 0319 4676 26
  3. ^ a b Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 178 – James Lawrence – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3
  4. ^ Strong To Save – Dramatic first-hand accounts of the RNLI lifeboat rescues around the British Isles. Authors: Kipling, Ray and Susannah. Publisher:Patrick Stephens Ltd. Date: 1998 Third print. Work: Chapter 3, The Second World War – under fire, Page 57, reference to Selsey helping Airmen. ISBN 1 85260 495 6
  5. ^ "Watson class lifeboats". Reference to Watson-class lifeboat Canadian Pacific. ©2014 NavyNuts. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Obituary — Group Captain John Peel". Daily Telegraph – Obituary for Group Captain John Peel – reference to his rescue. ©2014 Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 February 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Shot Down And In The Drink – RAF and Commonwealth aircrews saved from the sea 1939-1945. Author:Pitchfork, Graham. Publisher:The National Archives – Date: 2005. work: Chapter 7, The first three years, Page 80, ISBN 1 903365 87 2
  8. ^ Heroes All! – The story of the RNLI. Authur: Beilby, Alec. Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd – Haynes Publishing Group 1992. Work: Chapter 18, The Lifeboat Stations, South and West Britain and Ireland, page 171, Selsey. ISBN 1 85260 419 0
  9. ^ a b For Those In Peril – The Lifeboat Service of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Station by Station. Author: Leach, Nicholas. Publisher: Silver Link Publishing Ltd, First Issue 1999. Work:Part 2, South Coast of England – Eastbourne to Weston-super-Mare, Page 75, Selsey. ISBN 1 85794 129 2
  10. ^ National Historic Ships UK (2018). "Canadian Pacific". National Historic Ships. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Selsey Lifeboat Station News — Vellum Awarded for 150 Years of Service Made by Selsey Lifeboat". News of the 150 year celebration on the station’s website. Selsey Lifeboat Station. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  12. ^ RNLI Selsey: Station history
  13. ^ Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 262 – Frederick Barnes – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3
  14. ^ Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 310 – Leslie Pennycord – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3
  15. ^ a b Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 318 – Douglas Grant – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3
  16. ^ Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 380 – Mike Grant – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3
  17. ^ Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI medals and how they were won. Edited by: Barry Cox. Published: Spink, London, 1998. Page 380 – Dave Munday – Coxswain of Selsey Lifeboat.ISBN 0 907605 89 3