Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat
Kent TN29 9ND
All along the coast of Britain can be seen distinctive orange and dark blue rescue boats. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a unique charitable organisation engaged in saving lives at sea and it is manned by volunteers. Whatever the weather, day or night, crews are ready to answer a call for help (a shout).
Crews consisting of local men and women risk their lives in treacherous seas every time they answer a call. They are highly trained and many generations of the same family have been lifeboat volunteers. It is not uncommon for crew members to receive bravery awards.
A visit to the local lifeboat station is not only an interesting experience but also recognition of the selfless devotion to duty shown by these ‘ordinary’ people. Ever since a terrible maritime tragedy occurred in 1873, a lifeboat has been on station at Dungeness.
The Station guards the Channel from Folkestone to Rye Bay and operates a 'Shannon Class' lifeboat, 'The Morrell' which with its launch and recovery system was entirely funded by an extremely generous legacy left by Mrs Barbara Morrell, from Bromley in Kent".
Shop and RNLI Station open to visitors
The Dungeness Lifeboat stands ready on the shingle beside the Lifeboat Station. The shop and Station are open for inspection subject to the availability of volunteers, usually on weekends. It is an exciting experience to see the boat being launched.
A visit to the website below gives detailed information of open days, training sessions, etc.
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+44 (0)1797 320 317
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Please refer to the Dungeness article in this website
- By Heritage Rail
Get there by the delightful Web Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway External Link
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