Caister Lifeboats



1845-1846 A lifeboat
1846-1865 A lifeboat

No1 Station:

1865-1878 JAMES PEARCE
1878-1883 COVENT GARDEN I
1883-1899 COVENT GARDEN II
1899-1919 COVENT GARDEN III
1919-1929 JAMES LEATH


No 2 Station:

1867-1875 THE BOYS
1875-1892 GODSEND
1892-1901 BEAUCHAMP
1903-1929 NANCY LUCY
1929-1941 CHARLES BURTON
1941-1964 JOSE NEVILLE
1964-1969 ROYAL THAMES
 

CVLS

1973-1991 SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE
1991-2004 BERNARD MATTHEWS
2004-Present BERNARD MATTHEWS II


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JAMES PEARCE / COVENT GARDEN


The Caister lifeboat JAMES PEARCE. Birmingham No. 2 built by
Mills and Blake at Yarmouth in 1865.   R.N.L.I.
Picture late J Woodhouse collection.

The James Pearce of Birmingham was on station in 1865 to 1878 she was renamed Covent Garden due to money being donated to the London Market and was the first vessel of a line of three at Caister to bere that name.


JAMES PEARCE

Specification
Years on station October 1865-1883
Record 135 launches, 484 lives saved.
Donor Birmingham Lifeboat fund; apprpriated to the Covent Garden Lifeboat Fund in 1878.
Type Norfolk & Suffolk
Year built 1865
Builder Mills & Blake, Great Yarmouth
Dimensions Length 42ft, breadth 11ft 10in Depth 4ft 4in
Notes Named at Great Yarmouth by Miss Steward daughter of the Mayor on 25th October 1865


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On the beach at Caister about 1870
Picture Caister Lifeboat Station

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COVENT GARDEN II


The Caister lifeboat COVENT GARDEN II
J Woodhouse collection




COVENT GARDEN II

Specification
Years on station 1st November 1883-5th December 1899
Record 135 launches, 484 lives saved.
Donor Covent Garden Lifeboat Fund.
Cost 300
Official Number 17
Type Norfolk & Suffolk
Year built 1883
Builder Beeching, Great Yarmouth
Dimensions Length 42ft, breadth 11ft 6in Depth 3ft 11in
Notes Named at Great Yarmouth on 3rd November 1883
Disposal Broken up on January 1900


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COVENT GARDEN III


The Norlolk and Suffolk type lifeboat
Covent Garden lying on Caister beach about 1910
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J Woodhouse collection



COVENT GARDEN III

Specification
Years on station 5th December 1899-1919
Record 153 launches, 166 lives saved.
Donor Covent Garden Lifeboat Fund.
Cost 1,295 7s 5d
Official Number 431
Type Norfolk & Suffolk, 12 oared
Year built 1899
Builder Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London
Dimensions Length 40ft, breadth 12ft Depth 4ft 5in
Disposal Condemned and broken up January 1920

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Caister Lifeboat Station

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JAMES LEATH


A carvel-built lifeboat of the Norfolk and Suffolk type, the James Leath.
J Woodhouse collection


The NANCY LUCY Lifeboat No2 left, JAMES LEATH Lifeboat No1
right on the beach at Caister
J Woodhouse collection


JAMES LEATH

Specification
Years on station November 1919-1929 (served at Pakefield from 1910)
Record 23 launches, 18 lives saved.
Donor Legacy of James Leath, London.
Cost 1,933 16s 3d
Official Number 607
Type Norfolk & Suffolk
Year built 1910
Builder Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London; yard no.TL52
Dimensions Length 42ft, breadth 12ft 6in Depth 4ft 8in
Disposal Now on display at Chatham Historic Dockyard

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Originally built for the Pakefield station this boat arrived at Caister in 1919 and served until 1929 when the No1 station closed.

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THE BOYS/GODSEND


Above is the No2 lifeboat GODSEND formally known as THE BOYS.
Exact date unknown but it looks like Ben Hodds seated on trestle with
Philip George standing left centre.
Picture Caister Lifeboat station.




THE BOYS / GODSEND

Specification
Years on station No2 lifeboat, Sept 1867-21 Jan 1892
Record 125 launches, 410 lives saved.
Donor Gift of Routledge's Magazine for Boys, through collection by edmund Routledge, Editor; renamed GODSEND in 1875 after being apprpriated to the gift of Lady Bourchier, Hampton Court Palace.
Naming 10th September 1867
Cost 152 9s 4d
Official Number 18
Type Norfolk & Suffolk - 12 oars
Year built 1867
Builder Beeching, Great Yarmouth
Dimensions Length 32ft 6in, breadth 10ft
Disposal Sold


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S.S Lady Flora aground on Caister beach 1869.
Caister Lifeboat station



Service by Lifeboat THE Godsend to S.S. Lady Flora


On 28th April 1869 the Godsend assisted the rescue of the crew. The S.S. Lady Flora was later refloated by jacking up the vessel on to a slipway by James Beeching the famous Yarmouth Boatbuilder and relaunched from the beach. Sadly later that year she was lost in the Baltic. The Beeching Yard continued to flourish until just after the first world war.
   
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BEAUCHAMP

On the day of its naming 21st January 1892 the vessel was to
become famous through the 1901 disaster
Caister Lifeboat station


Caister Lifeboat station


A later photograph used on the 84th anniversary of the 1901 disaster.
Caister Lifeboat station



BEAUCHAMP

Specification
Years on station No2 lifeboat, January 1892-1901
Record 84 launches, 146 lives saved.
Donor Gift of Sir R. Proctor-Beauchamp, Bt Langlay Park Lodden Norfolk
Naming January 21st 1892
Cost 266 3s 9d
Official Number 327
Type Norfolk & Suffolk - 12 oars
Year built 1892
Builder J.H. Critten, Great Yarmouth
Dimensions Length 36ft, breadth 10ft 6in, depth 3ft 11in
Disposal Subsequently a houseboat broken up in the early 1970s

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The Naming Ceremony

On January 21st 1892 (a Thursday morning), the new Norfolk & Suffolk designed lifeboat registration number — ON 327 — was launched at Caister She was 36’ in length, with a 10’ 6” beam, carried twelve oars had a heavy steel keel and took on water ballast once afloat. The boat had been built on the River Yare at the boatyard of Mr. W. H. Critten in Cobholm. It was named Beauchamp on a fine cold day, where a large number of people were present, in memory of Sir Thomas Beauchamp and his two late sons, by Sir Reginald Procter Beauchamp Bt., who gave the donation of money to build the lifeboat to the R.N.L.I. He was accompanied by Lady Violet Beauchamp.

After the naming, a brief service was held with the gathering singing the hymn “Eternal Father Strong to Save”. The lifeboat was then launched, with the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Mr. F. Burton, Sir Edward Birkbeck M.P., chairman of the R.N.L.I. and Sir Reginald on board for a short cruise. James Haylett Jnr. Coxswain, made a speech in which he said, “They could all rest assured that whatever services Caister Lifeboat were required to undertake, they were ready and willing to do so, and to go out to risk their own lives to save their fellow men, as they always had done.

Sir Reginald was also presented with the Boat Builder Scale Model, which survives today. It was not until March that a dinner was held to celebrate the launch of the Beauchamp, at the Old School Room, where the crew were entertained by Sir Reginald. It had been deferred due to the illness of the Reverend E. Murrell. The entertainment included selections on a violin, songs and speeches.

A more detailed review of Beauchamp disaster of 1901

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NANCY LUCY


J woodhouse collection


Caister No. 2 lifeboat Nancy Lucy
J woodhouse collection.


NANCY LUCY

Specification
Years on station No2 lifeboat, 12 June 1903-1929
Record 42 launches, 144 lives saved.
Donor Gift of Sir Henry W Lucy, MP. London
Naming 23 July 1903 by Countess of Selbourne
Cost 1,603 9s 8d
Official Number 506
Type Norfolk & Suffolk 'improved' - 12 oars
Year built 1903
Builder Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London; yard no.TL27
Dimensions Length 35ft, breadth 10ft 9in, depth 4ft 5in

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Designed by the Caister crew the Caister No. 2 lifeboat Nancy Lucy. a clinker-built Norfolk and Suffolk type boat which took the place of the Beauchamp, with the Caister No. 1 boat James Leath in the background.

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CHARLES BURTON



CHARLES BURTON Slipway launch at Grimsby 1904 - 1927
Whilst at Grimsby was launched 16 times saved 7
J woodhouse collection


The Caister Lifeboat CHARLES BURTON
the last pulling and sailing lifeboat to carry out the saving of life from the minesweeper Charles Bayes in 1940.





CHARLES BURTON

Specification
Years on station November 1929 - May 1941
Record 31 launches, 15 lives saved.
Donor Legacy of Charles T H Burton.
Cost 1,044
Official Number 526
Type Liverpool
Year built 1904
Builder Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London
Dimensions Length 38ft, breadth 10ft 9in Depth 4ft 4in
Notes Originally stationed at Grimsby, where she served 1904 -27
Disposal Sold February 1942, became the fishing boat Silver Queen; current whereabouts unknown.

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The Crew on the boat at Caister Beach Christmas 1935-36

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JOSE NEVILLE


JOSE NEVILLE launches.
The first lifeboat involved in a rescue by helicopter


The JOSE NEVILLE at the the centenary of the RNLI involvement
which was to end 12 years later.
Picture E.D.P.


JOSE NEVILLE ready for launch crossing the beach and again
below moved by the Roadless Case LA launching tractor T48
this vehicle came to Caister in 1949 as a new tractor. The
boat being launched or "pulled off" with the haul off warp.
As spoken by Norfolk Beachmen to this very day.


JOSE NEVILLE was the first motor powered lifeboat at
Caister lifeboat station it was a Liverpool class vessel.
J Woodhouse collection


Recovery up the beach 1957 the wire used to haul the carriage can be seen.
J Woodhouse collection


Shown arriving at Great Yarmouth harbour on 8th April 1963,
after the rescue of the crew of the Lowestoft trawler Kirkley
which ran aground at Caister and eventually broke up
The person holding the bow rope is the late coxswain Benny Read
Picture E.D.P.



JOSE NEVILE

Specification
Years on station May 1941 - February 1964
Record 107 launches, 75 lives saved.
Donor Legacy of Mrs Ellen Nevelle, Barnes, Surrey.
Cost 4,473 15s 11d
Official Number 834
Type Liverpool class
Year built 1941
Builder Groves & Guttridge, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Dimensions Length 35ft 6in, breadth 10ft 3in
Engines Single 35hp Weyburn AE six-cylinder petrol
Disposal Renamed Concorde and now a fishing vessel at Southwold

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Presentation of the Centenary Vellum to the station 28th July 1957. in the
foreground are, left Honorary Secretary M. McAvoy receiving the
certificate from, right, Sir Edmund Bacon, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk.
The three crew in the lifeboat are, left to right Jimmy Brown,
Jack Plummer and Skipper Woodhouse.
Picture E.D.P.


The Jose Neville approaches Caister beach during the stations
Flag Day August 1961
J Woodhouse collection


J Woodhouse collection


JOSE NEVILLE made ready for launch 1964

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ROYAL THAMES


Caister photograph sold in the Lifeboat station as a Postcard


A practice launch employing the Case T72 soon after the arival of the ROYAL THAMES at Caister April 1964
J Woodhouse collection


The ROYAL THAMES entering Great Yarmouth harbour prior to having the numbers painted on the engine cowling
J Woodhouse collection


J Woodhouse collection




ROYAL THAMES

Specification
Years on station February 1964 - 17th October 1969
Record 30 launches, 15 lives saved.
Donor Legacy of Mr D.A. Forster, gifts from Mr G.J.F.Jackson and Miss Gwladys Ellison; and RNLI funds.
Cost 31,749
Official Number 978
Type Oakley
Year built 1964
Builder J.Samuel White, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Dimensions Length 37ft, breadth 11ft 6in
Engines Twin 52hp Parsons Porbeagle four-cylinder diesels
Disposal After Caister, transferred to Runswick 1970-78, then Pwllheli 1979-91 and finally Clogher Head 1991-93. Currently in private ownership.


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J Woodhouse collection


Flag day at the station in August 1964
J Woodhouse collection


The last service given by the ROYAL THAMES operating as an
RNLI Lifeboat out of Caister, shown here entering Great Yarmouth
harbour towing the Lowestoft fishing vessel Winaway August 1969.
Picture E.D.P.

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SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE


Naming day for SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE 5th August 1973.
Picture E.D.P.


Picture E.D.P.


Launch practice using the International D8 Tractor the first
tractor purchased by CVRS for 3,850 in 1973.

Picture K Williams


Picture K Williams


Picture K Williams



Recovery on the beach at Caister note the Launching
trolly possitioned at the stern.
Caister photograph sold in the Lifeboat station as a Postcard



Brought into service at Caister in 1973 this former St Abbs Head 35'-6" Liverpool class lifeboat was purchased and renamed SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE. This lifeboat was launched 88 times on service and saved 57 lives.

SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE

Specification
Years on station August 1973 - May 1991
Record 88 launches, 57 lives saved.
Donor Legacy of Mr William Ross MacArthur, Glasgow.
Cost 4,500 (14,398 when new)
Official Number 906
Type Liverpool motor
Year built 1953
Builder J.Samuel White, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Dimensions Length 35ft 6in, breadth 10ft 8in
Engines Twin 20hp Ferry Kadency FKR.3 three-cylinder diesels from 1987 - twin 51bhp Perkins 4108 diesels, with Borg Warner Velvet drive 2:1 reduction hydraulic gearboxes.
Disposal Sold to Pembroke Dock Authority in July 1992, renamed Mariners Friend; sold again in October 1994, bought by Alan Baker, of Sutton Coldfield, and taken to Bassetts Pole, near Sutton.



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THE FIRST VISIT BY HRH PRINCE CHARLES 1988.


The Crew meet HRH Prince Charles on his first visit to the station.
Picture E.D.P.


On board with Coxswain Benny Read.
Picture E.D.P.


Picture E.D.P.



Lifeboat Day 6th August 1989 CVLS supporter, comedian
Jim Davidson is winched out of SHIRLEY JEAN ADYE
into the RAF's Wessex helicopter.

Picture E.D.P.

The Shirley Jean Adye Returns

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BERNARD MATTHEWS

Entering service 1991.
Picture E.D.P.


Seen during a practice launch at Caister
Picture John Cannell


Preparing for launch 13th January 2002
Picture Anthony Benson


BERNARD MATTHEWS

Specification
Years on station August 1991 - 2004
Donor Local Appeal and generous donation by Bernard Matthews.
Cost 400,000 approx
Official Number 38-01
Type Lochin
Year built 1990
Builder Lochin Marine, Rye; fitted out by Goodchilde Marine Services, Burgh Castle
Dimensions Length 38ft 6in, breadth 10ft 8in
Engines Twin 282hp Ford Sabre diesels, speed 18 knots.
Disposal Sold to Blyth Valley Lifeboat Service, renamed Spirit of Blyth and Wansbeck

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Leaving Great Yarmouth Harbour
Picture EDP



Excercise with RAF Air Sea Rescue and HM Coastguards
9th March 2003

Picture Anthony Benson

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Freddie King Norford Brown Tom Bullock David Woodhouse Alfred -Mabby- Brown George Codman Reverend John Markham Mr R Munford Mr C Weymouth Mr P Griffin Mr P Williams HRH Prince Charles Mr M Nutt Mr B Read Coxswain Mr J Weddell 'Clinker' Brown Charlie Hodds Jimmy Brown Unknown Unknown Unknown 'Bones' Hodds Virgin Brown Billy 'Shill' Haylett John 'Skipper' Woodhouse Coxswain Joe Woodhouse Prince Green Jack Brett Haylett Paul Barnard 'Spratt' Haylett 'Funky' Bill Barnard Unknown