CLACTON’S “LITTLE BOAT”

This Year we celebrate 50 Years of the D Class Lifeboat at Clacton
On this day 50 years ago (15.08.66), while the country was still getting over the shock of winning the Football World Cup, Clacton welcomed the arrival of D- 107, the first for Clacton of the RNLI’s latest inshore rescue craft. This class of craft had only entered service with the RNLI 3 years previously and was already making its mark. D-107 did not have to wait long before taking to the sea. It was requested to launch on service for the first time on the 19th of August, but it had to wait until the 2nd of October to record the first effective service on which it landed 2 people who had found themselves in difficulty in a rowing boat. Originally only intended to be operated in the busy summer months, the little boat soon proved its worth and  began operating all year round. The craft was initially housed in a wooden shed just east of the pier while a  permanent brick boathouse was being built just to the west of the pier on the lower promenade (completed in 1967). All the subsequent ‘D’ Class Lifeboats operated from here until 2006. From 2006 the ’D’ Class was housed alongside Clacton’s Atlantic Class lifeboat at the new Martello Bay Lifeboat station. There have been six ‘D’ Class lifeboats providing continuous cover for the Clacton coastline since 1966 which have performed over 426 effective services resulting in 388 people being rescued. Since the  millennium alone there have been over 378 launch requests. The latest craft is D-723 ‘Damarkand IV’, which arrived in 2009 and has clocked up an impressive 172 launches resulting in 70 people being rescued along with 8 lives being saved. None of this would be possible without your past and continued support, and for that, everyone here at Clacton Lifeboat Station Thanks You.
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CLACTON’S “LITTLE

BOAT”

This Year we celebrate 50 Years of the D Class Lifeboat at Clacton
On this day 50 years ago (15.08.66), while the country was still getting over the shock of winning the Football World Cup, Clacton welcomed the arrival of D-107, the first for Clacton of the RNLI’s latest inshore rescue craft. This class of craft had only entered service with the RNLI 3 years previously and was already making its mark. D-107 did not have to wait long before taking to the sea. It was requested to launch on service for the first time on the 19th of August, but it had to wait until the 2nd of October to record the first effective service on which it landed 2 people who had found themselves in difficulty in a rowing boat. Originally only intended to be operated in the busy summer months, the little boat soon proved its worth and  began operating all year round. The craft was initially housed in a wooden shed just east of the pier while a  permanent brick boathouse was being built just to the west of the pier on the lower promenade (completed in 1967). All the subsequent ‘D’ Class Lifeboats operated from here until 2006. From 2006 the ’D’ Class was housed alongside Clacton’s Atlantic Class lifeboat at the new Martello Bay Lifeboat station. There have been six ‘D’ Class lifeboats providing continuous cover for the Clacton coastline since 1966 which have performed over 426 effective services resulting in 388 people being rescued. Since the  millennium alone there have been over 378 launch requests. The latest craft is D-723 ‘Damarkand IV’, which arrived in 2009 and has clocked up an impressive 172 launches resulting in 70 people being rescued along with 8 lives being saved. None of this would be possible without your past and continued support, and for that, everyone here at Clacton Lifeboat Station Thanks You.
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