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Antique RNLI collection box will be pride of place in Whitby Lifeboat Museum.

Lifeboats News Release

The 112 year old model has been restored by Whitby's coxswain Howard Fields.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Image showing the collection box back in circa 1909 at whitby
The old model lifeboat which was used as a collection box as far back as 1909 had been in storage after falling into disrepair. But thanks to Coxswain Howard Fields it can now be pride of place at whitby's lifeboat museum which is undergoing a renovation of its own.

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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For more information contact lifeboat press officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428

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The old model lifeboat collection box is back in Whitby and ready to be used

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

The old model lifeboat collection box is back in Whitby and ready to be used

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