A brilliant evening in wonderful weather, enjoyed by all. Nine of us were welcomed at 7.00pm to the Swanage Lifeboat Station has been in existence for some 150 years.
The new building, with the RNLI HQ just along the coast in Poole, is a source of pride for the local community, who supply the volunteer crew, and is one of the busiest on the south coast, with at least one call-out a week.
We were shown round this new, large building, finished last year after 18 months’ work, and built with a glulam beam frame on a concrete slab, with external local Purbeck stone cladding, to blend in with the cliff face and local surroundings.
The RNLI have tried to keep as much of the historic slipway and history of the previous building as possible.
It was a fascinating visit, and our thanks go to the Visitor Manager, Alan Sparks, who showed us round the building and gave an in-depth talk, as well as an on-board tour of the new Shannon lifeboat.
A fascinating insight into the workings of a modern lifeboat station.
Picture caption: CABE delegates on-board one of the new Shannon lifeboats.
Frank Miller FCABE - CABE South West Member
31 July 2018