Lifeboats – Tower RNLI Pier end of an era – 24.01.2023

On Tuesday 24th January, 2023 the longest serving station pier has finally left her mooring where she has been since the opening of Victoria embankment in 1870. The superstructure has changed a few times but now it’s all change and upgrades. She will be still afloat BUT to be used by Thames Marine Services on […]

Local Shipping – Workboat MONTE ROSA

One of the former Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats operating in the Maltese Islands is MONTE ROSA. She was brought in Malta as a deck cargo aboard the MPP ship AQUILA J which berthed starboard side alongside at Pinto 4 wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port. She was built in 1980 by W.A. Souter […]

Rescue – RNLI Assists Injured Crewman from FAIRLINE SURVEYOR – 25.06.2019

The Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their all weather lifeboat to go to the aid of an injured crewman aboard a wind farm guard vessel on 25th June, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said. The request to launch came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 1650 hrs local time. The Coastguard […]

Casualties – Russian bulker KUZMA MININ aground – 18.12.2018

A Russian cargo ship has ran aground on a beach in Cornwall as strong winds whipped across the southwest on Tuesday 18th November, 2018. Emergency services were launched  after 0600 hrs to help the bulker KUZMA MININ which was stuck just metres off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth Bay. According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) she […]

Ship of the Week – HATHERLEIGH

The HATHERLEIGH  was originally named SUFFOLK PUNCH (LT 395) and was built in Lowestoft by the Shipyard of Richards Iron Works Ltd as Yard Number 461. She was launched on 4th March 1961. She was owned by Small and Co. The SUFFOLK PUNCH was one of five sister ships all of very similar design and […]

LOCAL SHIPPING – Ex-RNLI Lifeboat at Malta – MERCY. Since the end of the year 2015 a former Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mersey Class Lifeboat has been given her second life, this time as a Conveyance/Crewboat with the name of MERCY operated by Southseas Ship Supplier owned by Mr. Frankie Fava.She was built in […]