End of an era
The arrival of a new boat signalled a change in status for RNLI Walmer.
Today, 5 May, sees the thirtieth anniversary of withdrawal from service at Walmer of the Rother Class all-weather lifeboat, 37-32 Hampshire Rose. During this time, she launched on 132 occasions, saving 57 lives and assisting countless others. The boat had arrived in 1975, replacing the Charles Dibden, Civil Service No 32, which itself had been on station since 1959. On leaving Walmer, Hampshire Rose joined the RNLI’s relief fleet seeing further service at Anstruther and Swanage before being permanently retired in 1992.
She was replaced by an Atlantic 21, permanently establishing Walmer as an inshore lifeboat station, with a D Class lifeboat already on service there.
Hampshire Rose’s last coxswain, and current Walmer Lifeboat Operations Manager Denis Brophy said ‘It was a sad and very emotional day, but I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to be the last in a long line of famous coxswains at Walmer. Over the last thirty years the Atlantic 21 and now the Atlantic 85 lifeboats have proved to be excellent additions to our station.’
Hampshire Rose is now owned by a member of the Ilfracombe lifeboat crew and is currently offering sightseeing tours from Ilfracombe Harbour in Devon.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.