Fleetwood Lifeboat's past in pictures from RNLI archives

This week we share memories from the RNLI Fleetwood archives.

Thursday, 28th May 2020, 3:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 3:59 pm
Coxswain Jeffery Wright and Second Coxswain James Leadbetter demonstrating firing of the maroons at a lifeboat day in the late 1940s.
Coxswain Jeffery Wright and Second Coxswain James Leadbetter demonstrating firing of the maroons at a lifeboat day in the late 1940s.

With treacherous tides in Morecambe Bay it’s imperitive that Fleetwood has it’s own lifeboat service and has operated, except for a brief period in the 1930’s, since 1859. Several lifeboats have been in service over the years, each time being replaced with an upgraded vessel with better technology and features vital to the crew’s life-saving work.

Some of the photos date back to the very early days, with others, such as Lifeboat Day and the sailpasts from the more recent past.

The station receives its first Inshore Lifeboat, IRB-91.
A packed beach as bystanders watch the ON813 launching from the fifth boathouse, opposite the North Euston Hotel
RNLI Fleetwood Crew in 1969 during a station inspection from the R.N.L.I. Pictured are Coxswain Ben Bee with Mr S. Brett, District R.N.L.I. Engineer and Lt. Commander H. H. Harvey, District Inspector for the R.N.L.I.
D-187 was Fleetwoods 2nd Inshore lifeboat seen here on Sunday October 21 1973.
RNLI volunteers are currently working with Fleetwood Together, helping the vulnerable, during the Coronavirus crisis. But this isnt the first occasion this has happened. Fleetwood was hit by a storm in 1927 The Fleetwood Disaster Fund was set up.
Fleetwood lifeboat crew outside Fleetwood Railway station around 1910. Some of those pictured include James Leadbetter, William Wright, Jeffery Wright and Coxswain John Robert Leadbetter
Sailpast 30 years ago. Pictured on board lifeboat D-298 are Dave Billington, David Eccles and Chris Merrall.
The RNLI used the Fleetwood station for an advertisement around the early 1920s. The Maude Pickup lifeboat can be seend inside the lifeboat house with Coxswain John Robert Leadbetter left.
The Cockleshell Heroes who performed a dramatic rescue in 1897
One of the lifeboats in action.