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Today's Lifeboat

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

This is Bridlington's lifeboat RNLB Marine Engineer. She was funded by the Institute of Marine Engineers and has served the town since 15th August 1995. She cost £600,000. She is a Mersey class lifeboat, 11.57m long, beam 3.81m, draught 0.95m, and a depth of 1.86m. Her displacement is 13.85 tonnes, and her range is 145 nautical miles. Her hull is fibre reinforced composite. She replaced Peggy & Alex Caird.

Fred Walkington, the coxswain at the time, takes Marine Engineer through her paces just off the harbour. 

A later pass by the lifeboat with Fred at the helm.

Marine Engineer on her trailer with the tractor. 
I was fortunate enough - during the creation of the Town Play Come Hell or High Water during 1994 - to have a trip in the lifeboat. It was one of the things I had to do, but I cannot say that I really enjoyed the experience. I am, however, extremely proud to say I have sailed in Marine Engineer.
As a footnote to all these entries about Bridlington's lifeboats, I must add that the courage of their crews is beyond measure, and I salute them all.