Friday, 5 December 2014

Tottenham Aquaknots present cheque for over £3500 to Swanage Boathouse Appeal

The Tottenham Aquaknots was a diving club founded around 1966 and flourished for many years, having more than 80 active members at its peak.

However in recent times membership has dwindled and it no longer became viable to continue running the club. Members took the difficult decision to wind up the club in late 2013, but they had to make a decision as to what to do with their remaining funds.

The club took the decision to donate the diving club funds to the Swanage Boathouse Appeal as a thank you to the RNLI. The members of Tottenham Aquaknots always knew the RNLI were there should they require assistance at sea and felt that donating their remainder funds to the Swanage Boathouse Appeal was a fitting tribute in particular as some members have required the services of the Swanage lifeboats in the past.
The cheque for over £3500 was handed over to Coxswain Martin Steeden and will go towards building the new boathouse, work on which commenced in November 2014.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Containers, containers and more containers!

Our contractors (BAM Nuttall) have now got all their containers in place along with the ones that we'll be using and the one for the Angling Club.
These are the sites offices, canteen and drying room.
This is the Angling Club's temporary building for the duration of the work.
These 4 are ours. The two on the lower level will be drying rooms for the crew's waterproofs, one for the ILB kit and one for the ALB kit. Next week these will have a temporary building put over them so that the boats are under cover too. The two containers on the upper level are a store and a workshop.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Another tractor, a boat, a trailer and a fuel bowser

Its been a busy week at Swanage Lifeboat Station. More new launch and recovery equipment has arrived and so has the boarding boat that we'll use to get to the ALB when its on the mooring.
Eight of our volunteers have started their training so that they can drive the new tractors. This will continue until RNLI assessors return in a few weeks to assess them as competent.
The final piece of kit is a portable fuel tank that we'll use to refuel the ALB. This could be in the boatpark or from the pier if the tide is too low.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The first bit of our new launch and recovery kit has arrived!

One of the biggest changes for our volunteers over the next few months is going to be launching the ILB and the boarding boat to get to the ALB. Today our ToolTrak arrived.
This will be used to launch the ILB from our temporary facilities down the slipway in the boatpark. The RNLI Tooltrak is a compact rubber tracked crawler based tool carrier for use in marine environments for the launch and recovery of lifeboats. It is able to wade to a depth of 0.6m and is the ideal vehicle for launching a D Class lifeboat. Our tractor drivers start their training on Tuesday of next week, we'll keep you posted on how that goes.

The first of the builder's kit has arrived on site

The project to demolish and rebuild our lifeboat station has now officially started!

The first of the builder's cabins have arrived today with more arriving next week.

The first of our equipment should also be arriving a bit later today, exciting times!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Crew and ex-crew photo shoot

In between the rain showers on Sunday 2nd November our current crew and some of our ex-crew gathered at the lifeboat station for a photo shoot and to say goodbye to the lifeboat station that has served so well over the years.

We're very grateful to Julian Sawyer for coming to take the photos, he took some really nice shots which we're now able to share with you.

This one recreates a shot that was taken around June 1992 when our Mersey first arrived at station.
Here's our current crew and the ex-crew that joined us
and the current crew and our DLAs.
Thanks again Julian, if you feature in one of the photos and you'd like a copy please get in touch.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Calling all ex-Swanage Lifeboat Crew

At around 10am on Sunday 2nd November Swanage Lifeboat Crew will be having their final crew photo taken at the current boathouse. Then at around 11am we'd really like to take a photo of all the people who have volunteered at Swanage over the years. We're also going to put on a few refreshments too. If you know someone who served with us then please pass this message on. It would be great for example if we could recreate this photo from 1992 when our Mersey came to station.