20th century lifeboat losses

from our historian Les Bridgewater

The Twentieth Century was not very kind to the R.N.L.I. , it saw the loss of 16 lifeboats. 13 were lost on a shout the other 3 by enemy action.

 

YEAR O.N. LIFEBOAT STATION
1900 367 Robert Henderson Montrose
1900 421 James Stevens No4 Padstow
1903 436 James Stevens No12 Mumbles
1905 385 John Alvins Wick
1914 546 Helen Blake Fishguard
1914 622 Alex Tulloch Peterhead
1916 524 William & Emma Salcombe
1920 431 Covent Garden Caister
1928 661 Mary Stanford Rye Harbour
1939 743 Joseph Sara & Eliza Styche St Ives
1940 783 Vicountess Wakefield Hythe (Dunkirk)
1969 806 Rachel & Mary Evans Weston Super Mare
1981 954 Solomon Browne Penlee

Destroyed by enemy action were

YEAR O.N. NAME LOCATION
1940 842 Millie Walton Bombed in boatyard
1940 843 Charles Henley Ashley Bombed in boatyard
1940 625 William Henry Wilkinson Bombed St Helier

In 1940 the Royal Navy captured a Belgian and French lifeboat. They were given to the RNLI and used until the end of the war when they were returned to their home Countries.