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Hitler's Royal Yacht book raises cash for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The proceeds of a book telling the story of Hitler's royal yacht the 'Aviso Grille' have been donated to the Hartlepool RNLI by its author 73 year old Mick Coverdale.

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Author Mick Coverdale pictured presenting the cheque to RNLI trainee crewmember Danielle Austin.
Mick said "Hitlers Royal Yacht which had been seized by the British at the end of the war was berthed in the old Harbour Dock in 1946 and soon became a tourist attraction with adults being charged a shilling and children sixpence for a look around the vessel.
The book took about 8 months to write and also includes the story of the 'Grillet' which was one of the yachts three motor boats and was moored in Hartlepool for many years. I'm delighted to support the work of the volunteer crewmembers at the lifeboat station who do an amazing job and I would like to thank local author John Riddle for his support whilst I was writing the book and everyone who bought a copy."
Hartlepool RNLI chairman Malcolm Cook said "I still remember the 'Grillet' during its time at Hartlepool and I think it was owned by local businessman Tot Richardson. Mick's generous donation of £425.00 will help support the volunteers at the Ferry Road lifeboat station to help save lives at sea."

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