EDWARD Z. DRESDEN

1929 - 1952
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in 1927 the RNLI announced that a new lifeboat was to be built for Clacton and a new boathouse, with a deep-water roller slipway, was to be built on the north-east side of Clacton pier to improve launching arrangements. The new lifeboat was a Watson Class non-self-righter, measuring 45ft 6in by 12ft 6in and powered by two 40bhp Weyburn CE4 petrol engines, which gave har a top speed of 8.1 knots. She had a range at full speed of 116 miles, and could carry 95 people in rough weather. Built by S.E.Saunders at a cost of £8,496, she was provided out of a legacy from the late Edmond Dresden, of London, and arrived at Clacton on 20th March 1929.

Services

(from The Lifeboat Journal)

1929 August 6th, Yacht Linnett, of Burnham, saved 2 and vessel No Details Found 1929 September 3rd, Motor Launch Princess Olga, saved 3 and launch No Details Found 1930 February 16th, Cutter Elizabeth, of Colchester, saved 2 No Details Found 1930 June 15th, Motor Boat, saved 3 and boat No Details Found 1930 December 11th, Barge Squeak, of London, assisted to save 2 and barge No Details Found 1931 August 8th, Motor Boat Grace Darling, of Holland-on-Sea, landed 2 No Details Found 1932 February 10th, s.s. Urla, of London, stood down The Crew of the Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden were assembled at 2.28am on 10th February, as the Coastguard had reported that the s.s. Urla, of London, was aground on the Gunfleet Sands. At 2.50, however, news was received from North Foreland Radio, through the Coastguard, that the Urla had re-floated, and the Crew were dismissed. 1932 March 25th, Distress flares sighted At 10.45pm on 25th March a telephone message was received from the Coastguard that flares had been seen five to six miles W. by S. of the pier head. The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was immediately launched. A strong S. breeze was blowing, with a rough sea. She searched the Eagle, Knoll and Bachelor Sands without Success, and then anchored until daybreak. The Lifeboat then continued her search, but as no sign of a vessel in distress could be seen she returned to her station at 5.50am. On account of the rough seas she could not be re-housed until the next day. 1932 April 17th, Small Boat, Helped by others The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 1.50pm on 17th April, in a strong and gusty E. breeze with a rough sea, as the Coastguard had received a message by telephone that a small boat had capsized off Jaywick, two miles W. of the pierhead, and no suitable boat was at hand to putt off to the rescue. The Lifeboat found that two men had put out in a boat and had rescued the four occupants of the small boat, who were in an exhausted condition. The Lifeboat was returned to her Station. 1932 July 1st Barge Ethel Hilda, of Rochester, stood by The motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 7pm on the 1st July and went to the Buxey Sands, as the Coastguard had reported a vessel ashore. A strong S.W. breeze was blowing with a rough sea. The Lifeboat found that the vessel was the barge Ethel Hilda, of Rochester. She was unable to get alongside owing to the shallow water, but she stood by until the barge refloated and went on her way shortly after 9pm. 1932 August 21st, Motor Boat, assisted to save 6 A motor boat capsized, five of the six occupants were rescued by boats from the shore 1932 September 11th, Two small boats, saved 3 and boats During a moderate W.S.W. gale, with a heavy sea and rain, information was received from the Coastguard at 3.37am on 11th September that a vessel about two miles west by south of Clacton Pier was dragging her anchor towards the bank near Clacton Jetty. The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched, and found a cutter with two men on board. They were bound, one boat towing the other, from Walton Backwaters to Brightlingsea, but had been rendered helpless owing to the tow ropes fouling the propeller. With the help of the Lifeboat both boats, and the men on board, were taken to safety in the River Colne. 1933 April 9th, Yacht Amy, of West Mersea, saved 5 and yacht On the evening of the 9th April the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht was in difficulties one mile S.W. of Clacton Pier, and the motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 7.45pm. A light N.W. breeze was blowing and the sea was smooth. The lifeboat found the yacht to be the Amy, of West Mersea, with three men and two women on board. She had been aground twice, was leaking very badly, and was in a sinking condition. The lifeboat rescued the five persons, and then, with two lifeboat men on the yacht continuously baling, the yacht was towed back to Clacton and beached. The lifeboat arrived back at her station at 9pm. 1933 June 1st, Motor Cruiser Wanderer, Escorted (Shoreboat Service) At 7pm on the 1st June, a motor cabin cruiser was seen two miles E. by N. of Clacton Pier flying a distress signal. The Lifeboat was undergoing overhaul and the coxswain and three other men went out in a motor boat. The weather was fine, with a fresh S.E. wind blowing, and the tide was ebbing. The cruiser was the Wanderer, of Brightlingsea, to which place she was bound. She had been disabled by engine trouble, but by the time the motor boat reached her the engine was working again and she was able to go on her way. The motor boat accompanied her for some distance and then returned ashore. 1933 July 31st, Barge Audrey, of London, saved 2 and barge On the 31st July the barge Audrey, of London, with a crew of two, had her sails carried away in the Whitaker channel, while bound from London to Rochford with a cargo of wheat. A moderate to strong S.W. gale was blowing, with a rough sea. The Coastguard passed news to Clacton and the motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 8.15am. Some of the lifeboat crew went aboard the barge, a temporary sail was rigged up, and the barge made for Harwich, accompanied by the lifeboat. The lifeboat arrived home at 7pm, having been out on service for nearly eleven hours. Her help undoubtedly saved the barge and her crew from destruction. 1934 February 23rd, 2 Steamers, stood by Two steamers had been in collision about a mile N.E. of the Mid Barrow light-vessel, but did not need assistance. The owners of one of the steamers, the South Metropolitan Gas Company, sent a letter of thanks. 1934 April 11th, search Lights had been seen several miles off, but a search revealed nothing 1934 May 15th, Yacht aground A yacht had been reported to be ashore on the Sunk Sands, but could not be found. 1934 June 3rd, Rockets reported Rockets were reported, but nothing was found. 1934 June 25th, Rockets reported Rocket were reported, but nothing was found 1934 August 8th, Flares seen Flares were seen, but nothing could be found 1934 August 11th, Paddle Steamer, Clacton Queen, of Rochester, gave help On the 10th August, the paddle steamer Clacton Queen, of Rochester, left Clacton to visit Chatham, where Navy Week was being held. She carried a company of several hundred people. She did not return as expected, and when she was several hours overdue the motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched to investigate. It was then 1.48am on the 11th. The weather was fine, although the sea was rough, with a strong south westerly breeze. The Lifeboat found the steamer abreast of the Swin Middle, and learned from the skipper that he had been unable to find the Bell Buoy, which would give him his course into Clacton. The Lifeboat piloted her in, and they reached Clacton pier at 4.15am. 1934 December 18th, Barge William Cleverly, of Rochester, stood by Early on the morning of the  18th  December the Coastguard telephoned that a sailing barge was dragging her anchor about three miles E. by N. of the pier, and the motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 1.52am. A moderate south gale was blowing, with a heavy sea and rain squalls. The Lifeboat dropped anchor, veered as near as possible to the barge, which was the William Cleverly, of Rochester, and got a drogue-rope aboard by means of her rope throwing gun. The rope parted and the barge ran aground. The Lifeboat stood by until high water, and then, as the barge was no longer in danger, returned to her station. She arrived there at 9.55am, but could not be re-housed until noon. 1934 December 21st, 2 steamers, stood by with Walton LB Two steamers had been in collision, but did not need help. 1935 January 27th, Barge T.T.H., of London, assisted to save 3 and barge Early on the morning of 27th January, the barge T.T.H., of London, bound from Brightlingsea for Chatham with a load of shingle, got into difficulties. She lost her rudder and started a bad leak. A moderate northerly gale was blowing, with a rough sea and snow squalls. The barge made distress signals, and the Clacton Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 5.15am. She found the barge about three quarters of a mile from Heap’s buoy in the West Swin. Hr crew were exhausted from working the pumps. Some Lifeboat men were put on board and the Lifeboat hung astern until daybreak. At the request of the Barge’s skipper the Lifeboat the put back to Clacton to get a tug, but there was not one available. The Walton motor Lifeboat E.M.E.D. put out at 7am, and together the two Lifeboats towed the barge into the safety of the river Colne. The Clacton boat returned to her station at 5.30pm and the Walton boat at 6pm. 1935 February 27th, Barge, Help refused A barge had her topsail blown away, but did not want help. 1935 April 10th, Barge Arthur Margetts, of Rochester, saved 1 and barge On 10th April the barge Arthur Margetts, of Rochester, bound from Brightlingsea with a cargo of crude oil, got into difficulties. A moderate S.W. gale was blowing, with a rough sea. The barge dropped anchor, but it dragged, and she went ashore on the beach at Jaywick. The motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden put out at 7.30am, on receipt of the news from the Coastguard, but a signal was made from the beach that her help was not wanted for the time being. She stood by until the barge owner, who was alone onboard, asked for help. A hawser was got to the barge by means of the line throwing gun, and the Lifeboat towed her into deep water. The barge was leaking badly, and all her sails but the foresail had been torn or blown away. Four Lifeboat men were then put on board her and she was taken into Harwich. The Lifeboat returned to her station at 11pm, having been on service for over fifteen hours.
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EDWARD Z. DRESDEN

1929 - 1952
in 1927 the RNLI announced that a new lifeboat was to be built for Clacton and a new boathouse, with a deep-water roller slipway, was to be built on the north-east side of Clacton pier to improve launching arrangements. The new lifeboat was a Watson Class non-self-righter, measuring 45ft 6in by 12ft 6in and powered by two 40bhp Weyburn CE4 petrol engines, which gave har a top speed of 8.1 knots. She had a range at full speed of 116 miles, and could carry 95 people in rough weather. Built by S.E.Saunders at a cost of £8,496, she was provided out of a legacy from the late Edmond Dresden, of London, and arrived at Clacton on 20th March 1929.

Services

(from The Lifeboat Journal)

1929 August 6th, Yacht Linnett, of Burnham, saved 2 and vessel No Details Found 1929 September 3rd, Motor Launch Princess Olga, saved 3 and launch No Details Found 1930 February 16th, Cutter Elizabeth, of Colchester, saved 2 No Details Found 1930 June 15th, Motor Boat, saved 3 and boat No Details Found 1930 December 11th, Barge Squeak, of London, assisted to save 2 and barge No Details Found 1931 August 8th, Motor Boat Grace Darling, of Holland-on-Sea, landed 2 No Details Found 1932 February 10th, s.s. Urla, of London, stood down The Crew of the Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden were assembled at 2.28am on 10th February, as the Coastguard had reported that the s.s. Urla, of London, was aground on the Gunfleet Sands. At 2.50, however, news was received from North Foreland Radio, through the Coastguard, that the Urla had re-floated, and the Crew were dismissed. 1932 March 25th, Distress flares sighted At 10.45pm on 25th March a telephone message was received from the Coastguard that flares had been seen five to six miles W. by S. of the pier head. The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was immediately launched. A strong S. breeze was blowing, with a rough sea. She searched the Eagle, Knoll and Bachelor Sands without Success, and then anchored until daybreak. The Lifeboat then continued her search, but as no sign of a vessel in distress could be seen she returned to her station at 5.50am. On account of the rough seas she could not be re-housed until the next day. 1932 April 17th, Small Boat, Helped by others The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 1.50pm on 17th April, in a strong and gusty E. breeze with a rough sea, as the Coastguard had received a message by telephone that a small boat had capsized off Jaywick, two miles W. of the pierhead, and no suitable boat was at hand to putt off to the rescue. The Lifeboat found that two men had put out in a boat and had rescued the four occupants of the small boat, who were in an exhausted condition. The Lifeboat was returned to her Station. 1932 July 1st Barge Ethel Hilda, of Rochester, stood by The motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 7pm on the 1st July and went to the Buxey Sands, as the Coastguard had reported a vessel ashore. A strong S.W. breeze was blowing with a rough sea. The Lifeboat found that the vessel was the barge Ethel Hilda, of Rochester. She was unable to get alongside owing to the shallow water, but she stood by until the barge refloated and went on her way shortly after 9pm. 1932 August 21st, Motor Boat, assisted to save 6 A motor boat capsized, five of the six occupants were rescued by boats from the shore 1932 September 11th, Two small boats, saved 3 and boats During a moderate W.S.W. gale, with a heavy sea and rain, information was received from the Coastguard at 3.37am on 11th September that a vessel about two miles west by south of Clacton Pier was dragging her anchor towards the bank near Clacton Jetty. The Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched, and found a cutter with two men on board. They were bound, one boat towing the other, from Walton Backwaters to Brightlingsea, but had been rendered helpless owing to the tow ropes fouling the propeller. With the help of the Lifeboat both boats, and the men on board, were taken to safety in the River Colne. 1933 April 9th, Yacht Amy, of West Mersea, saved 5 and yacht On the evening of the 9th April the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht was in difficulties one mile S.W. of Clacton Pier, and the motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 7.45pm. A light N.W. breeze was blowing and the sea was smooth. The lifeboat found the yacht to be the Amy, of West Mersea, with three men and two women on board. She had been aground twice, was leaking very badly, and was in a sinking condition. The lifeboat rescued the five persons, and then, with two lifeboat men on the yacht continuously baling, the yacht was towed back to Clacton and beached. The lifeboat arrived back at her station at 9pm. 1933 June 1st, Motor Cruiser Wanderer, Escorted (Shoreboat Service) At 7pm on the 1st June, a motor cabin cruiser was seen two miles E. by N. of Clacton Pier flying a distress signal. The Lifeboat was undergoing overhaul and the coxswain and three other men went out in a motor boat. The weather was fine, with a fresh S.E. wind blowing, and the tide was ebbing. The cruiser was the Wanderer, of Brightlingsea, to which place she was bound. She had been disabled by engine trouble, but by the time the motor boat reached her the engine was working again and she was able to go on her way. The motor boat accompanied her for some distance and then returned ashore. 1933 July 31st, Barge Audrey, of London, saved 2 and barge On the 31st July the barge Audrey, of London, with a crew of two, had her sails carried away in the Whitaker channel, while bound from London to Rochford with a cargo of wheat. A moderate to strong S.W. gale was blowing, with a rough sea. The Coastguard passed news to Clacton and the motor lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 8.15am. Some of the lifeboat crew went aboard the barge, a temporary sail was rigged up, and the barge made for Harwich, accompanied by the lifeboat. The lifeboat arrived home at 7pm, having been out on service for nearly eleven hours. Her help undoubtedly saved the barge and her crew from destruction. 1934 February 23rd, 2 Steamers, stood by Two steamers had been in collision about a mile N.E. of the Mid Barrow light-vessel, but did not need assistance. The owners of one of the steamers, the South Metropolitan Gas Company, sent a letter of thanks. 1934 April 11th, search Lights had been seen several miles off, but a search revealed nothing 1934 May 15th, Yacht aground A yacht had been reported to be ashore on the Sunk Sands, but could not be found. 1934 June 3rd, Rockets reported Rockets were reported, but nothing was found. 1934 June 25th, Rockets reported Rocket were reported, but nothing was found 1934 August 8th, Flares seen Flares were seen, but nothing could be found 1934 August 11th, Paddle Steamer, Clacton Queen, of Rochester, gave help On the 10th August, the paddle steamer Clacton Queen, of Rochester, left Clacton to visit Chatham, where Navy Week was being held. She carried a company of several hundred people. She did not return as expected, and when she was several hours overdue the motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched to investigate. It was then 1.48am on the 11th. The weather was fine, although the sea was rough, with a strong south westerly breeze. The Lifeboat found the steamer abreast of the Swin Middle, and learned from the skipper that he had been unable to find the Bell Buoy, which would give him his course into Clacton. The Lifeboat piloted her in, and they reached Clacton pier at 4.15am. 1934 December 18th, Barge William Cleverly, of Rochester, stood by Early on the morning of the  18th  December the Coastguard telephoned that a sailing barge was dragging her anchor about three miles E. by N. of the pier, and the motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 1.52am. A moderate south gale was blowing, with a heavy sea and rain squalls. The Lifeboat dropped anchor, veered as near as possible to the barge, which was the William Cleverly, of Rochester, and got a drogue-rope aboard by means of her rope throwing gun. The rope parted and the barge ran aground. The Lifeboat stood by until high water, and then, as the barge was no longer in danger, returned to her station. She arrived there at 9.55am, but could not be re-housed until noon. 1934 December 21st, 2 steamers, stood by with Walton LB Two steamers had been in collision, but did not need help. 1935 January 27th, Barge T.T.H., of London, assisted to save 3 and barge Early on the morning of 27th January, the barge T.T.H., of London, bound from Brightlingsea for Chatham with a load of shingle, got into difficulties. She lost her rudder and started a bad leak. A moderate northerly gale was blowing, with a rough sea and snow squalls. The barge made distress signals, and the Clacton Motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden was launched at 5.15am. She found the barge about three quarters of a mile from Heap’s buoy in the West Swin. Hr crew were exhausted from working the pumps. Some Lifeboat men were put on board and the Lifeboat hung astern until daybreak. At the request of the Barge’s skipper the Lifeboat the put back to Clacton to get a tug, but there was not one available. The Walton motor Lifeboat E.M.E.D. put out at 7am, and together the two Lifeboats towed the barge into the safety of the river Colne. The Clacton boat returned to her station at 5.30pm and the Walton boat at 6pm. 1935 February 27th, Barge, Help refused A barge had her topsail blown away, but did not want help. 1935 April 10th, Barge Arthur Margetts, of Rochester, saved 1 and barge On 10th April the barge Arthur Margetts, of Rochester, bound from Brightlingsea with a cargo of crude oil, got into difficulties. A moderate S.W. gale was blowing, with a rough sea. The barge dropped anchor, but it dragged, and she went ashore on the beach at Jaywick. The motor Lifeboat Edward Z. Dresden put out at 7.30am, on receipt of the news from the Coastguard, but a signal was made from the beach that her help was not wanted for the time being. She stood by until the barge owner, who was alone onboard, asked for help. A hawser was got to the barge by means of the line throwing gun, and the Lifeboat towed her into deep water. The barge was leaking badly, and all her sails but the foresail had been torn or blown away. Four Lifeboat men were then put on board her and she was taken into Harwich. The Lifeboat returned to her station at 11pm, having been on service for over fifteen hours.
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