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Scarborough's New Lifeboat Station On-Track

Scarborough's New Lifeboat Station On-Track

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:00am 26th July 2016.

The crane which has towered over Scarborough seafront for the last eleven months has gone.

The remote-controlled tower crane was delivered to the lifeboathouse building site on 8 September 2015, it was dismantled on Friday.

The Ladybird crane, which could lift 1.9 tons, was installed by an even bigger crane.
It was used to unload and erect the steel frame of the lifeboathouse. It was expected to be on site for about six months but stayed for nearly a year.

The temporary RNLI shop has also now closed. The shop, on the West Pier, is having to shut as the contractors Bam Nuttall, scale down their compound.

Due for completion at the end of summer, the lifeboat house will be larger than the old one, big enough to house the new Shannon lifeboat which is due to arrive later this year.

In the meantime, normal service continues uninterrupted - both lifeboats are moored in the harbour.


Why is a new lifeboat house needed?

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs is nearing the end of its operational life. It is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.

Scarborough RNLI’s £2m Shannon lifeboat has been funded by donations from the FW Plaxton Charitable Trust.

The trust was set up following the death of Frederic ‘Eric’ Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father.

Frederick William Plaxton was the founder of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton Ltd, and the new lifeboat will be named in his memory.


The Shannon lifeboat

  • The Shannon lifeboat is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets and not propellers.
  • Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces – ensuring that those in need are reached even faster.


Launch and recovery:

  • The Shannon needs a bespoke launch and recovery system. It is designed to be mostly launched and recovered from a beach, but can’t do it without the right launching equipment.
  • The RNLI worked with Supacat Ltd developing a system capable of launching and recovering the Shannon lifeboat from the beach at all states of tide.
  • The total cost of the Supacat launch and recovery system is £1.5m. Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat will be part-funded by two legacies. An appeal raised the remaining £200,000. Any monies raised above the appeal target will be used for the general running cost of the lifeboat station.




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