Antique RNLI collection box will be pride of place in Whitby Lifeboat Museum.
The 112 year old model has been restored by Whitby's coxswain Howard Fields.
A photo believed to be taken in 1909 shows the collection box on the stand which still exists today, in front of the John Fielden lifeboat which was sadly lost during the Rohilla disaster in 1914 when the passenger boat ran aground off Whitby.
The RNLI museum, which was the town's former boathouse still has one of the RNLI's oldest rowing lifeboats on display, Robert and Ellen Robson.
Curator Neil Williamson said: 'It seems fitting that we use this historic collecting box rather than the more modern plastic one we had been using. We are passionate about preserving Whitby's lifeboating history. It is amazing to think that people have been dropping coins into this very model since at least 1909. Howard has made sure the model lifeboat is secure enough to use as a collection box while retaining its rustic charm that tells a story of its age.'
The museum and former boathouse is undergoing a major redevelopment thanks to a generous legacy. It is expected to re-open this July.
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.
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