Flamborough has welcomed back its regular Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) The Elizabeth Jane Palmer after a major refit.
The crew has been using relief lifeboat The Peterborough Beer Festival for three months whilst their boat was away for full-scale modifications at the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre based at east Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
The Elizabeth Jane Palmer has been refitted with a new Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) which will allow the volunteer crew members to access and operate the vessel’s navigation, machinery communications and systems, all from one console and from the safety of their own seats.
Crew members were on hand to welcome the boat back, and have been training with the Bridlington Inshore Lifeboat learning how the new systems work.
Photographer Rod Newton was on hand to record the boat coming ashore, and was also capturing some great images of the training sessions in Bridlington Bay.
Factfile on Flamborough Lifeboats
From 1871 until 1938 there were two stations, but now there is just the one at North landing. The reason for the two stations, given in the Journal of the Institution at the time, is as follows: –
‘One boat is stationed on the north beach and the other on the south, one either side of Flamborough Head, and they are so situated that when one is exposed to the wind and sea, the other is always under shelter; and accordingly most of the fishermen, which number nearly 400, have each two fishing cobles, one of which they keep on one beach and one on the other – using the boat on the lee side in bad weather, which plan is to be used by the lifeboat.’
In 1938 the only station was at North Landing until 1993, when the new boathouse was constructed on present day South Landing site. The new Atlantic 21 Class boat was stationed here, while the all-weather boat was withdrawn from service at North Landing in August of that year.