Friday, 24 June 2016

Boathouse update - Slipway works progressing well

Over the last few weeks the slipway work has been moving on well. All the large piles are now in place and the first of the smaller piles to hold the toe of the slipway have been installed.
Ashore the contractors have been assembling the slipway sections and lowering them in to place. Very quickly the slipway has started to take shape. Its nowhere near finished but you get a good idea of how its going to look. The angle of the slipway is the same as it was for our Mersey but the shape of the slipway is very different to match the underwater profile of the Shannon.
Work on the boathouse is coming on well too. Electricians are busily working away as are carpenters, plasterers and window fitters.
The photos above are from the crew room above the ILB shed.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Boathouse update - The barge has arrived

A rather misty start to the day today. The barge and tugs appeared out of the mist just after 11am and the barge was soon pushed in to position.
Once in position it was jacked up clear of the water and the walkway rigged to the shore.
Piling should now start on Monday if all goes to plan.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Boathouse update - Slipway construction starts Monday

The scene at Peveril Point is going to change somewhat on Monday when the large jack up barge arrives to start the installation of our slipway.

The first job is to install the piles that will support the main body of the slipway. Once that is done the precast concrete cross beams will be installed. After that the steel slipway is lowered in to place and secured.

Here's a note from our builders:

The installation of the piles is unfortunately a noisy activity as it involves driving the tubes into the ground with a large hammer. As such, this activity will be limited to 5:00pm during the week, 1:00pm on Saturday and no pile driving on Sunday.

We hope to install two piles per day, so all being well, the piling works will be completed within the first two weeks of the marine activities. We estimate that it will take around an hour and a half to drive each pile and will be trying to keep these works to the middle of the day.

The jack up barge will be used for all the slipway works so will be on site until around mid-August.

We’ll keep you posted on how its going.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Boathouse update - roof structure now complete

Sorry for the lack of posts on the progress of the boathouse, we've been a bit busy with boat stuff.

There's been a lot going on. The carpenters have been busy finishing off the timber on the roof.
You can really see the shape of the building now. The stone and block work is also coming on well too.

The roof light in the main boat hall is due to go in next week which will then make the building watertight.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Our Mersey leaves Swanage for the final time at 2pm today

At 2pm today retiring Coxswain Martin Steeden, Assistant Mechanic Colin Marks and a selection of long serving crew members will take our Mersey class all weather lifeboat ‘Robert Charles Brown’ out of Swanage Bay for the final time and return her to RNLI Headquarters in Poole. That marks the end of her time here in Swanage.
Since arriving in Swanage in May 1992 she has saved countless lives and helped hundreds and hundreds of people. We’ll publish her full stats soon.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Its official, we're now an @RNLI Shannon station!

Today's the day that our brand new Shannon class lifeboat 'George Thomas Lacy' officially enters service as Swanage Lifeboat. After months of preparation, trials and training our Divisional Operations Manager, Nigel Jones has officially put the boat on service from 9pm on Weds 20th April 2016. Over the last few days he has been to sea on exercise with a good selection of the crew and is more than happy to put the boat on service.
Our Mersey 'Robert Charles Brown' will remain on the mooring in Swanage for a few days before being taken to Poole by retiring Coxswain, Martin Steeden. It is thought that she will be used as part of the RNLI's training fleet that operates from the RNLI College in Poole so we'll still see her around for some time yet.