Thames Class Lifeboat Trust


Offshore Marine Support (Brokerage) Ltd are pleased to have been invited to assist with sourcing some new engines for this very worthwhile cause.  Previously, we have donated other items to the Trust but we have now been asked to assist with this new task

The ideal engines would be 450hp – any make as long as they fit – more details can be provided to anyone who may be able to help with either donating a pair of engines or assisting towards the purchase of them

The Aims of the Trust
The Thames Class Lifeboat Trust (Registered Charity Number 1160783) exists in order to:

  • Advance in life and help develop young people aged between 12-25yrs from ‘vulnerable’ backgrounds within the uk through:
    (a) the provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life.
    (b) providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate within society as mature and responsible individuals.
  • Preserve, operate, maintain and exhibit for the benefit of the public the historic Lowestoft built lifeboat 50-001 in particular but not exclusively by:
    (a)acting as a community resource offering maritime and team building training for young people and under privileged individuals.
    (b)operating the lifeboat as a floating museum.

About the Vessel
The “Rotary Service” was the first Thames Class Lifeboat, designed and built in 1973 by Brooke Marine, Lowestoft based upon the previously successful 44ft Waveney Class Lifeboat, of which 6 were built in Lowestoft.

The money for the initial purchase of the vessel was raised by the Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland, and in 1974 she was delivered to the RNLI lifeboat station at Falmouth for testing, Whilst under evaluation several enhancements were made before a second Thames Class lifeboat, RNLI Official Number 1032 – Operational Number 50-002, was built and named “Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit”.

“Rotary Service” was launched on service 45 times and saved 17 lives. Its most meritorious service was in November 1977 when Coxswain Arthur West was awarded an RNLI Bronze Medal for outstanding bravery and seamanship, saving six men from a 110ft storm-lashed barge. She was then redeployed to the Dover lifeboat station and was officially named by Her Majesty the Queen Mother in 1978.

During her service at Dover she was involved in two further medal services in 1987 acting coxswain R Couzens was awarded the RNLI Silver medal and six of the lifeboat crew received RNLI Bronze medals.

By the end of her service life the vessel was attributed with launching 411 times, and saving 177 lives, before being sold to become a pilot vessel in Fowey, Cornwall and latterly Cork, Ireland.




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