Port St Mary Lifeboat Station - 1999 News Page

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November 1999

Saturday 6th - Crewman Alan Cregeen gets wed. All the crew would like to congratulate Alan and his bride Donna and wish them both well.

Visiting Lifeboats - Wednesday 3rd, Mersey 12-009 on passage from St Ives Cornwall to Bangor, Northern Ireland, was on passage and stopped overnight at Port St Mary to refuel and rest their crew.

October 1999

Wednesday 27th - The Lieutant Governor, Sir Timothy Daunt and Lady Daunt held an evening reception at Government House to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the Lifeboat Service.

Almost 100 guests attended drawn from the Crews , Branch and Ladies Guild Officials' of all five Manx Lifeboat Stations as well as representives of the Coastguard Service. Sir Timothy thanked the many people who help the work of the RNLI and especially thanked Port St Mary Lifeboat Station for the honour of naming the new Lifeboat in July. A large framed photograph of the "Gough Ritchie II" signed by all members of the Lifeboat crew, which was given to Lady Daunt to mark the naming of the Lifeboat, was on display in the entrance hall of Government House.


During the month the ILB and boarding boat were temporarily stored in containers on the breakwater quay due to work being done on the Lifeboathouse. The main boathouse doors and runners were replaced with new ones and the floor covered with a non slip surface; the work taking a fortnight to do.

September 1999

All Manx Lifeboat Stations have been transferred from Northern England to the Welsh Division for both operational and fundraising administration.

August 1999

Monday 23rd - Our D Class inshore lifeboat " Frances" was collected by a truck from RNLI inshore lifeboat base at Cowes to be taken away for her annual overhaul. In its place relief D class D 369 has been left. Also getting swapped around was the station boarding boat after a number of years service and has been replaced by a shiny brand new one

Visiting Lifeboats - The following were on passage and stopped overnight at Port St Mary to refuel and rest their crews.

Tuesday 17 August; Arun 52-16 on passage to Portrush , Northern Ireland

Thursday 19 August , Mersey 12-21 Margret Jean on passage from Newcastle, Co. Down to Conway, N Wales.

Wednesday 18th - News reaches me from Chile that the Eduardo Simpson Roth, our previous lifeboat continues to do good service. Apparently on Sunday 15th August she was called out to tow a fishing boat into Valparaiso and earlier that week they had rescued two fishermen from the water after their vessel sank. Unfortunately one fisherman lost his life in that incident.

Sunday 15 August -the Gough Ritchie II went round to Port Erin Lifeboat day and raft race. For details see Port Erin Lifeboat site at www.port-erin-rnli.freeserve.co.uk/news.htm .

1st August 1999, Port St Mary Lifeboat Day :

Lifeboat day this year was well supported after poor weather (thick fog) threatened for most of the afternoon to spoil the event. In the end bright sunshine did prevail. The crowds enjoyed stalls, line dancing and majorette / batton twirling, static displays by the Coastguards, Fire Brigade and Custom and Exercise drugs Unit.

Unfortunately the combined lifeboat / SAR helicopter exercise was called of when the Seaking helicopter from RAF Valley was diverted to assist an incident off Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

The day raised 620 and a further two donations totalling a thousand pounds were also received.

July 1999

24th July 1999:

Crewman Mark Walker gets wed. All the crew would like to congratulate Mark and his bride Emma and wish them both well.

Port St Mary Lifeboat has its first female crew member. Trainee Rachel Smith has started training in all aspects of the operation of the All weather and inshore lifeboats. It will take Rachel a year before she becomes a full member of the crew.

21st July 1999 : Eric goes to the Palace

Station Mechanic , Eric Quillin was a guest at the Queen's summer garden party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 21st July 1999. Eric was a member of a 34 strong group of RNLI personal attending.

Eric joined the crew in 1974 and was appointed full time mechanic in 1992. In 1981 he was awarded the Thanks of the Institution on Vellum when the lifeboat rescued two of the crew of the yacht Melfort which had run aground at Derbyhaven during easterly severe gales. Coxswain Norman Quillin, MBE and crewman, Willie Halsall were also awarded the Thanks on Vellum.

Eric and Willie had used the small inflatable boat which Arun class lifeboats carried, to attempt to reach the stranded crew of the yacht as it broke up on rocks. In their attempts the inflatable was capsized and they were washed down wind to be picked out of the water by other crewmen.

The Queen's Brithday Honours 1999

Our congratulations go to Robert Corran , cox of Douglas Lifeboat on him being awarded an MBE.

June 1999: Temporary Relief Lifeboat on Station

14-26 Gough Ritchie II is currently at Holyhead Boatyard, North Wales getting painted and polished prior to her official naming ceremony in July. In addition, some fendering on her port side bow shoulder is getting replaced as it was ripped open during a winter gale and a number of other small overhaul jobs are being done. On temporary duty here is 52-22 " Bonita and Ralph Farrant" which arrived on Friday 14th May after some of our crew had made a passage with her from Poole HQ in Dorset. Stopping off points were Brixham, Newlyn and Fishguard and the trip was quieter than the delivery trip with " Gough Ritchie II" on which 4 divers were saved off Start Point, Devon.

52-22 had previously been stationed at Fenit in Ireland.

Update: 52-22 was taken back to Holyhead on 12th June and 14-26 brought back all nice and shiny for its Naming Ceremony on 17th July. After some work at Holyhead Boatyard 52-22 sailed back to Poole to particpate in the International Lifeboat Conference and the RNLI 175th anniversary sail past.

March 1999

Isle of Man Post Office celebrates RNLI's 175th Anniversay with stamp issue on 4th March 1999

The Isle of Man Post Office marked the 175th Anniversary of the RNLI and the Island's special links with the organisation ( the founder, Sir William Hillary, lived at Fort Anne, Douglas, Isle of Man), with an issue of 5 stamps of the current lifeboats stationed here on the Island.

21p Ramsey Lifeboat RNLB " Ann and James Ritchie2 ;12-14, Mersey Class. Coxswain- Mark Kenyon.

25p Douglas Lifeboat RNLB "Sir William Hillary" ; 47-032, Tyne Class. Coxswain-Robert Corrin.

37p Peel Lifeboat RNLB " Ruby Clery" ; 12-22, Mersey Class. Coxswain - David Eames.

43p Port Erin Lifeboat RNLB " Herbert and Edith" ; B-594, Atlantic 21 Class.

56p Port St Mary Lifeboat RNLB "Gough Ritchie II" ; 14-26 Trent Class. Coxswain - Johnny Williams. [ Note the Official IoM Post Office Cover incorrectly states that the Lifeboat is the Arun Class " Gough Ritchie" , which left the RNLI in 1998 for service in Chile. Also strictly there is a sixth lifeboat on the Island as Port St Mary also has a D class inshore lifeboat; however this fact seems to have been over looked !].

For details about these stamps and now to get them, check out the IoM Postal Authority website at www.gov.im/stamps or e-mail them at stamps@po.gov.im or snail mail the Philatelic Bureau, PO Box 1010.M, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1PB, British Isles.


As part of Port St Mary Lifeboats' funding raising and to mark this special event a stamp cover of all five stamps , part of a limited edition of 25 was commissioned to commemorate the 175 th Anniversary.To recognise the special links the Island has with the RNLI, the five Lifeboats stationed here held a " Round the Island" relay on Saturday 6th March 1999. These Covers were been carried around the Isle of Man; on each of the Lifeboats and signed by each Coxswain,.


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