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1st February 2016


Ramsgate RNLI help Upton School with swimming pool repair


Ramsgate lifeboat cox’n Ian Cannon was approached by crew member Neil Morgan on behalf of Upton Junior School, Broadstairs for help in pumping out the school’s swimming pool which was to undergo repair.


The school was one of very few in the area that had its own pool and consequently also provided swimming opportunities for other local schools and youth groups over many years. The pool had recently been found to be in need of extensive repairs and much local fundraising was taking place to facilitate this. Unfortunately, one of the things not working was the internal electrics to empty the pool.


In view of the reserve Mersey class lifeboat (RNLB Margaret Jean 12-21) currently being kept and maintained at Ramsgate Cox’n Cannon thought it may be possible to use its salvage pump to empty the pool. Having sought permission from District Operations Manager Alan Head, which was readily agreed. Ian and crew members delivered the pump to the school on Monday 1 February where they were greeted by Deputy Head Dave Walker and Year 6 pupils and the pool pump out began.

1st February 2016


Good Fundraising Result


The Ramsgate and Broadstairs Lifeboat Fundraisers wish to thank the management and staff of Sainsbury’s, Westwood for allowing us to collect in their store on Saturday, 30 January and all who donated achieving the excellent total of £811.12.


The group are also looking for more people to help in the RNLI kiosk in Harbour Street, Broadstairs during the summer season to enable it to be open on a longer and more regular basis. If you can help, even for the occasional couple of hours, or would like to know more, please contact Michael Bon on 01843 861253.

29th January 2016


Lifeboat Operations Manager retires


Ron Cannon, our Lifeboat Operations Manager, retired on the 27th January 2016 after 52 years serving with the RNLI.


Ron joined the institution in 1964 as an AWB crewmember, then progressed to Bowman, followed by 2nd Coxswain, before becoming the station Coxswain/Mechanic when our Waveney class AWB came on station in 1976.


Ron remained Coxswain/Mechanic until his retirement in 2001, and continued for a short while as a Deputy Launching Authority, then the LOM.


Ron has received many awards in his time with the institution including 2 RNLI silver medals.


Ron will be carrying on his involvement with the station as a member of the Branch Committee.


Those of us who have served and worked alongside Ron would like to thank him for his commitment to the station and the RNLI.


We are pleased to have Ray Noble as our new LOM. Ray served for many years aboard 3 different classes of AWB at Ramsgate, starting on the Waveney Class, and was also a Helmsman on our ILB's, before retiring and becoming a DLA.

Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2016

Featuring Ramsgate Lifeboats Past & Present

Now reduced to £3.00 each

Available from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Shop, Customs House, Ramsgate & on eBay, delcampe & eBid.

22nd December 2015


Station book reviewed by the Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Society


Tony Denton of the Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Society recently reviewed the RNLI Station Histories in their Newsletter and said of the Ramsgate book:


Written by John and Vanessa Ray this A5 112 page book covers the period in the 1800s before the RNLI took over in 1865 up to the present day. It explains the use of steam tugs to tow the lifeboats and covers in detail some of the more important rescues. It covers in detail the superb work done through the Second World War including Operation Dynamo and pays tribute to the flank stations and their close co-operation. It remembers the part played by the inshore lifeboats and their crews, as well as the Beach Rescue teams not forgetting the fund raisers and souvenir sellers. In all this well-illustrated book has a fine balance between Lifeboat and personnel which makes fascinating reading.


Copies of the book can be obtained at £8.95 in person from the Ramsgate RNLI shop within the Custom House on Harbour Parade or by post via

15th December 2015


Reserve Lifeboat at Ramsgate


As well as maintaining a fleet of lifeboats at lifeboat stations the RNLI also has a fleet of reserve lifeboats of all types. These boats are kept at various locations around our coasts in a state of immediate readiness so that they can into go into service to replace a station lifeboat that needs to undergo urgent repair or periodic maintenance.


Such a Mersey Class lifeboat has recently arrived at Ramsgate where it will be maintained by the lifeboat station’s crew. In the meantime it is being used to support Ramsgate Marina Association and the Royal Temple Yacht Club in the marina illuminations.


Ramsgate RNLI’s cox’n and crew, the station’s management team and fundraisers would like to thank all who have supported us during the past year and wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.


Photo John Ray

19th November 2015


Lifeboat launch in strong gale


On18th November 3:24pm the all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to assist a local fishing vessel with an intermittent engine problem at the back of the harbour pier. On arrival at the scene the fishing vessel was making it's own way, so the AWB escorted it into the harbour in case the engine failed again, whilst entering. The wind was SW force 9 (Strong gale 50mph) with rough seas. Sadly for a group of children from a local school who had been visiting the lifeboat station during the afternoon this launch took place about ten minutes after they had left. Earlier they had been watching from the boathouse when it was thought that the lifeboat may have to launch to assist a yacht entering the harbour but this did not need to take place!

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28th December 2015 - 09:42
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18th November 2015 - 15:24

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Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2016

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Now reduced to £3.00 each

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