SIR GODFREY BARING

1952 - 1968
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The 46 ft 9in Watson motor lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring named after the Institution's chairman.  The boat had been on view at the Festival of Britain exhibition during 1951. In her first year of service the new boat carried out eight services, six to pleasure craft, and in her second year six services, of which five were also to pleasure craft.

Services

(from The Lifeboat Journal)

1952 February 4th, Motor Barge Delce, of London, gave help At 2.26 in the afternoon of the 4th of February, the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched on exercise in a rough sea with a moderate north-north-west breeze blowing. At three o’clock she was four miles south-by-west of Clacton and there found the motor barge Delce, of London, with a crew of three. She was drifting, with her engine broken down. At the request of her skipper the lifeboat stood by. The Delce then anchored, but the anchor did not hold her, and the skipper asked the lifeboat to take her in tow. This she did and then brought the Delce to Brightlingsea, and then brought her engineer to Clacton. She reached her station again at 7.15 that night. 1952 May 28th, Motor Cruiser Susie, of Maldon, saved 2 and cruiser At 10.42 in the morning of the 28th of May, the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht was in distress one and a half miles west-south-west of Clacton Pier, and at 10.50 the Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was moderate, with a strong north-westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat found the motor cruiser Susie, of Maldon, with a crew of two. Her engine had broken down, her sail and mast had been blown away and she was drifting. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea and reached her station again at three o’clock in the afternoon. 1952 June 1st, Barge yacht De Bries, of Holland, gave help At 7.33 in the evening of the 1st of June, the Coastguard telephoned that H.M. Customs and Excise at Burnham-on-Crouch had reported four yachts on the Buxey Sands, and at eight o’clock the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. There was a moderate swell with a fresh south-south-west breeze blowing. The yachts re- floated and three of them went on their way. The fourth, the barge yacht De Bries, of Holland, had broken down. She was leaking and in a dangerous position in the Spitway. She had ten persons on board. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, and beached her about 11.40 that night. The lifeboat herself remained there until the next morning, reaching her station again at 12.20 that afternoon. 1952 July 23rd Rowing Boat, landed 1 About 12.45 on the afternoon of the 23rd of July, the Clacton Coastguard saw a man in difficulties in the sea. He was one of a party of four men in a rowing boat. An oar had been lost overboard, and he had gone in to recover it. He was attacked with cramp, and as a strong tide was running he could not reach the boat again. At 12.52 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was choppy, and a light north-easterly breeze was blowing. As the lifeboat was approaching the man, he was picked up by a motor boat which was out running pleasure trips. As he was in need of medical attention he was transferred to the lifeboat, given first aid, and landed on Clacton Pier. He was then taken to hospital. The lifeboat returned to her station at 1.30. 1952 August 5th, Yacht Judy, gave help At one o’clock on the afternoon of the 5th of August, the Clacton-on-Sea Coastguard telephoned that a small sailing yacht was in difficulties about one mile west- south-west of the pier. They had had her under observation since 10 o’clock that morning, and she appeared to be making no headway against the ebb of the tide and was taking in water each time she went about. The honorary secretary also received a message from the relatives of the men on board. They were worried because the men were not experienced sailors. The lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched at 1.59 in a moderate sea with a light south-westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat took the Judy, which was in need of help, in tow to Brightlingsea, arriving back at her station at 6.45 that evening. 1952 August 9th, Motor Boat Jill, of Clacton, saved boat At 5.10 on the evening of the 9th of August, the lifeboat coxswain reported that the local motor boat Jill had broken her moorings in Holland Gap with no one on board, and was in danger of being smashed up in a rough sea and moderate south-westerly gale. Conditions were unsuitable for a shore boat to reach her, and at 5.22 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. She towed the Jill to Brightlingsea and as the weather was too bad for the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there for the night and returned to her station the next morning, arriving at 11.30. 1952 September 25th, Yacht Airborne, of London, saved 2 and yacht At 3.37 on the afternoon of the 25th of September, the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht two miles west-south-west of Clacton Pier appeared to need help, and at 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. There was a moderate swell with a moderate westerly breeze blowing, and she found the yacht Airborne, of London, with two men in her, three miles west of the pier. Her sails were damaged, she was leaking, and the men were soaking wet. The lifeboat men rescued them, gave them rum, food and dry clothing, and towed the yacht to Brightlingsea, reaching their station again at eight o’clock. 1952 October 19th, Motor fishing vessel Monbretia, of Scarborough, saved 4 and boat At 3.30 on the afternoon of the 19th of October, the Coastguard rang up to pass on a report from the North Foreland Radio Station. The station had received a wireless message from the motor fishing boat Montbretia, of Scarborough, which had broken down in a dangerous position and needed a tow. At 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched, with the second coxswain in charge. There was a heavy sea, with a strong easterly breeze blowing, and she found the Monbretia near the South Buxey Buoy, with a crew of four. The Monbretia was near the sands and could not drop her anchor as she had no power to heave it. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at eleven o’clock that night. As the weather was too bad for the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there until the morning of the 23rd, when she was taken bake to her station. 1953 February 1st, Persons marooned on bungalow roof at Jaywick, saved 8 At 1.35 on the afternoon of the 1st February a message was received from Jaywick that a number of people were marooned on the roof of a bungalow. At 1.45 the Sir Godfrey Baring was launched and took a dinghy with her. A moderate west-north-west gale was blowing with a rough sea. The coxswain took the Lifeboat as near to the bungalow as he could. Then, using the dinghy, the Lifeboat men rescued five men, a woman, two children, two dogs and a cat. The rescued people were given hot soup and biscuits, and the Lifeboat took them to Clacton pier. She reached her station again at 4.30. 1953 April 1st, Motor cruiser Frances N. Dee, gave help At 1.35 on the afternoon of the 1st of April, the Coastguard rang up to say that the Barrow Deep light-vessel had reported that a man in a cabin cruiser which had broken down, and had made fast to the light-vessel. The man asked for the lifeboat, and at 1.50 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a heavy swell, with a moderate south-westerly breeze blowing. She found the 61-feet cabin cruiser Francis M. Dee tied up astern of the light-vessel and towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at eight in the evening. The lifeboat stayed there for the night and arrived back at her station at nine o’clock the next morning. 1953 June 21st, Yacht Tottie, of Holland on sea, saved yacht At 3.37 on the afternoon of the 21st of June, the Coastguard rang up to say that a yacht had capsized and that a man was in the sea off Holland Haven. At 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight swell with a light south-south-west breeze blowing, but another yacht picked up the man. The lifeboat towed in the capsized yacht and reached her station again at 4.50 1953 July 7th, Yacht Daddy, of Maldon, saved 2 and yacht At 1.55 on the afternoon of the 7th of July, the Coastguard rang up to say that a small yacht anchored half a mile south-east of the pier needed help, and at 2.5 the Lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was rough, with a strong south-south-west wind blowing. The Lifeboat came up with the yacht Daddy, of Maldon. A man and a woman who had hired the yacht for the day, were on board, the woman by now exhausted. The Lifeboat rescued both of them and towed the Daddy to Brightlingsea, arriving at 5.20. She waited there for the weather to improve and reached her station again at 10.45. 1953 August 23rd, Barge Yacht Dobber, of Bradwell, saved 5 and yacht At 3.32 on the afternoon of the 23rd of August, a yacht was reported to be in distress east of the pier, and at 3.38 the Lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was rough, with a fresh south-westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat found the converted Dutch sailing barge Dobber, of Bradwell, with a crew of five. She was driving inshore and was in danger of going aground. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at 6.26. As the weather would not allow the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there for the night and was taken back to her station the next morning. 1953 September 3rd, Yacht Cloetta, of Burnham, gave help At 2.45 on the afternoon of the 3rd of September, the Coastguard rang up to say that the yacht Cloetta, of Burnham-on-Crouch, was aground four and a quarter miles south-east of Clacton pier. A later message reported the yacht to be bumping badly. At 3.19 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. It was low water, and in a moderate swell with a gentle west-south-westerly breeze blowing, she reached the Cloetta, which had six men and two women on board. After some difficulty a rope was got aboard, and the yacht was towed off into deeper water. Two Lifeboat men then went aboard with food and dry clothing, and the lifeboat towed the Cloetta to Brightlingsea, reaching her station again at 8.45. 1954 June 9th, Motor boat Nemo II, of Clacton, saved boat At 9.24 on the evening of the 9th of June, the Coastguard telephoned that the owner of the local motor pleasure boat Nemo II had reported that his boat had broken from her moorings and was drifting towards the shore to the east of the pier. At 9.30 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a rough sea. A southerly gale was blowing and the tide was two hours ebb. She found that the Nemo II had been washed ashore and, as the weather would not allow the lifeboat to be rehoused, she made for Brightlingsea, arriving at eleven o’clock that night. At 4.10 the next morning she left Brightlingsea, re-floated the Nemo II and the escorted her to Brightlingsea, which was reached again at 7.45. The lifeboat remained there until the weather moderated and was taken back to her station on the 11th. 1954 July 22nd, Motor Cruiser Holiwell, gave help At 4.19 on the afternoon of the 22nd of July, the Coastguard telephoned that the Mid-Barrow light-vessel had wirelessed that the motor cruiser Holliwell, which had broken down with a crew of three, had made fast to her and needed help. At 4.33 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight sea, with a light westerly breeze blowing and a flood tide. She towed the Holliwell to Brightlingsea and arrived back at her station at 11.39. 1954 December 22nd, Rowing Boat, saved 2 and boat & saved 1 other At 11.10 on the morning of the 22nd of December, the Coastguard reported that two men in a rowing boat two miles east of the pier were waving a white rag on an oar. At 11.23 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched, with the honorary secretary, Mr C. A. Perry, on board. There was a moderate swell, a fresh west-north-west breeze was blowing, and it was two and a quarter hours after high water. The lifeboat found that the two men, who had been on a fishing trip, had lost an oar, and their anchor would not hold. They were cold and wet. The lifeboat men rescued them, gave them rum, and towed their boat to the pier. After the men had landed, another man was seen in the sea near the pier’s berthing arm. The lifeboat put off again at once. She rescued him, and the honorary secretary revived him by artificial respiration. The lifeboat then landed the man at twelve noon. 1955 February 20th, Trawler Denise Germaine, of Zeebrugge, saved trawler’s boat At 11.32 on the morning of the 20th of February, the Coastguard telephoned that the trawler Denise Germaine, of Zeebrugge, had been wrecked on the Long Sandbank, west-by-north of the Barrow Deep light-vessel. Two of her crew had been picked up by a passing vessel, but two others were missing. At 11.50 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight swell, with a light breeze blowing and an ebbing tide. She searched in company with a helicopter, but found only two small boats drifting two miles north of North Knock Buoy. One of them was waterlogged, but she towed the other one to her station, which she reached at 8.45 that night. On the 24th Lloyd’s agent at Colchester asked if the lifeboat would take out a surveyor to view the wreck as no other boat could be obtained. Weather conditions were not suitable until the 27th, and at 5.50 that morning the lifeboat embarked Lloyd’s agent and the surveyor and made for the position. There was a moderate swell and a moderate east-north-east breeze. No trace of the Denise Germaine was seen. The lifeboat reached her station again at 11.15. 1955 February 21st, Barge May, of Ipswich, saved 2 and barge On the morning of the 21st of February, it was thought that the sailing barges May, of Ipswich, and Portlight, of Harwich, each with a crew of two, were in a dangerous position because of the bad weather. They had been at anchor about two miles east-north-east of Clacton Pier since the evening before. At 10.25 the Portlight burnt a flare, and at 10.38 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a rough sea. There was a strong east-by-north wind, and it was high water. The lifeboat found that both barges were dragging their anchors. She made at once for the May, which was nearer the shore, and wirelessed for the Walton and Frinton lifeboat to help the Portlight. The Clacton-on-Sea lifeboat towed the May to Felixstowe and then went to Harwich because of the weather, returning to her station the following morning. The Walton and Frinton lifeboat towed Portlight to Harwich.
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SIR GODFREY BARING

1952 - 1968
The 46 ft 9in Watson motor lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring named after the Institution's chairman.  The boat had been on view at the Festival of Britain exhibition during 1951. In her first year of service the new boat carried out eight services, six to pleasure craft, and in her second year six services, of which five were also to pleasure craft.

Services

(from The Lifeboat Journal)

1952 February 4th, Motor Barge Delce, of London, gave help At 2.26 in the afternoon of the 4th of February, the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched on exercise in a rough sea with a moderate north-north-west breeze blowing. At three o’clock she was four miles south-by-west of Clacton and there found the motor barge Delce, of London, with a crew of three. She was drifting, with her engine broken down. At the request of her skipper the lifeboat stood by. The Delce then anchored, but the anchor did not hold her, and the skipper asked the lifeboat to take her in tow. This she did and then brought the Delce to Brightlingsea, and then brought her engineer to Clacton. She reached her station again at 7.15 that night. 1952 May 28th, Motor Cruiser Susie, of Maldon, saved 2 and cruiser At 10.42 in the morning of the 28th of May, the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht was in distress one and a half miles west-south-west of Clacton Pier, and at 10.50 the Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was moderate, with a strong north-westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat found the motor cruiser Susie, of Maldon, with a crew of two. Her engine had broken down, her sail and mast had been blown away and she was drifting. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea and reached her station again at three o’clock in the afternoon. 1952 June 1st, Barge yacht De Bries, of Holland, gave help At 7.33 in the evening of the 1st of June, the Coastguard telephoned that H.M. Customs and Excise at Burnham-on- Crouch had reported four yachts on the Buxey Sands, and at eight o’clock the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. There was a moderate swell with a fresh south- south-west breeze blowing. The yachts re-floated and three of them went on their way. The fourth, the barge yacht De Bries, of Holland, had broken down. She was leaking and in a dangerous position in the Spitway. She had ten persons on board. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, and beached her about 11.40 that night. The lifeboat herself remained there until the next morning, reaching her station again at 12.20 that afternoon. 1952 July 23rd Rowing Boat, landed 1 About 12.45 on the afternoon of the 23rd of July, the Clacton Coastguard saw a man in difficulties in the sea. He was one of a party of four men in a rowing boat. An oar had been lost overboard, and he had gone in to recover it. He was attacked with cramp, and as a strong tide was running he could not reach the boat again. At 12.52 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was choppy, and a light north-easterly breeze was blowing. As the lifeboat was approaching the man, he was picked up by a motor boat which was out running pleasure trips. As he was in need of medical attention he was transferred to the lifeboat, given first aid, and landed on Clacton Pier. He was then taken to hospital. The lifeboat returned to her station at 1.30. 1952 August 5th, Yacht Judy, gave help At one o’clock on the afternoon of the 5th of August, the Clacton-on-Sea Coastguard telephoned that a small sailing yacht was in difficulties about one mile west-south-west of the pier. They had had her under observation since 10 o’clock that morning, and she appeared to be making no headway against the ebb of the tide and was taking in water each time she went about. The honorary secretary also received a message from the relatives of the men on board. They were worried because the men were not experienced sailors. The lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched at 1.59 in a moderate sea with a light south- westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat took the Judy, which was in need of help, in tow to Brightlingsea, arriving back at her station at 6.45 that evening. 1952 August 9th, Motor Boat Jill, of Clacton, saved boat At 5.10 on the evening of the 9th of August, the lifeboat coxswain reported that the local motor boat Jill had broken her moorings in Holland Gap with no one on board, and was in danger of being smashed up in a rough sea and moderate south-westerly gale. Conditions were unsuitable for a shore boat to reach her, and at 5.22 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. She towed the Jill to Brightlingsea and as the weather was too bad for the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there for the night and returned to her station the next morning, arriving at 11.30. 1952 September 25th, Yacht Airborne, of London, saved 2 and yacht At 3.37 on the afternoon of the 25th of September, the Coastguard telephoned that a yacht two miles west-south- west of Clacton Pier appeared to need help, and at 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. There was a moderate swell with a moderate westerly breeze blowing, and she found the yacht Airborne, of London, with two men in her, three miles west of the pier. Her sails were damaged, she was leaking, and the men were soaking wet. The lifeboat men rescued them, gave them rum, food and dry clothing, and towed the yacht to Brightlingsea, reaching their station again at eight o’clock. 1952 October 19th, Motor fishing vessel Monbretia, of Scarborough, saved 4 and boat At 3.30 on the afternoon of the 19th of October, the Coastguard rang up to pass on a report from the North Foreland Radio Station. The station had received a wireless message from the motor fishing boat Montbretia, of Scarborough, which had broken down in a dangerous position and needed a tow. At 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched, with the second coxswain in charge. There was a heavy sea, with a strong easterly breeze blowing, and she found the Monbretia near the South Buxey Buoy, with a crew of four. The Monbretia was near the sands and could not drop her anchor as she had no power to heave it. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at eleven o’clock that night. As the weather was too bad for the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there until the morning of the 23rd, when she was taken bake to her station. 1953 February 1st, Persons marooned on bungalow roof at Jaywick, saved 8 At 1.35 on the afternoon of the 1st February a message was received from Jaywick that a number of people were marooned on the roof of a bungalow. At 1.45 the Sir Godfrey Baring was launched and took a dinghy with her. A moderate west-north-west gale was blowing with a rough sea. The coxswain took the Lifeboat as near to the bungalow as he could. Then, using the dinghy, the Lifeboat men rescued five men, a woman, two children, two dogs and a cat. The rescued people were given hot soup and biscuits, and the Lifeboat took them to Clacton pier. She reached her station again at 4.30. 1953 April 1st, Motor cruiser Frances N. Dee, gave help At 1.35 on the afternoon of the 1st of April, the Coastguard rang up to say that the Barrow Deep light- vessel had reported that a man in a cabin cruiser which had broken down, and had made fast to the light-vessel. The man asked for the lifeboat, and at 1.50 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a heavy swell, with a moderate south-westerly breeze blowing. She found the 61-feet cabin cruiser Francis M. Dee tied up astern of the light-vessel and towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at eight in the evening. The lifeboat stayed there for the night and arrived back at her station at nine o’clock the next morning. 1953 June 21st, Yacht Tottie, of Holland on sea, saved yacht At 3.37 on the afternoon of the 21st of June, the Coastguard rang up to say that a yacht had capsized and that a man was in the sea off Holland Haven. At 3.45 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight swell with a light south-south-west breeze blowing, but another yacht picked up the man. The lifeboat towed in the capsized yacht and reached her station again at 4.50 1953 July 7th, Yacht Daddy, of Maldon, saved 2 and yacht At 1.55 on the afternoon of the 7th of July, the Coastguard rang up to say that a small yacht anchored half a mile south-east of the pier needed help, and at 2.5 the Lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was rough, with a strong south-south-west wind blowing. The Lifeboat came up with the yacht Daddy, of Maldon. A man and a woman who had hired the yacht for the day, were on board, the woman by now exhausted. The Lifeboat rescued both of them and towed the Daddy to Brightlingsea, arriving at 5.20. She waited there for the weather to improve and reached her station again at 10.45. 1953 August 23rd, Barge Yacht Dobber, of Bradwell, saved 5 and yacht At 3.32 on the afternoon of the 23rd of August, a yacht was reported to be in distress east of the pier, and at 3.38 the Lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. The sea was rough, with a fresh south-westerly breeze blowing. The lifeboat found the converted Dutch sailing barge Dobber, of Bradwell, with a crew of five. She was driving inshore and was in danger of going aground. The lifeboat towed her to Brightlingsea, arriving at 6.26. As the weather would not allow the lifeboat to be rehoused, she remained there for the night and was taken back to her station the next morning. 1953 September 3rd, Yacht Cloetta, of Burnham, gave help At 2.45 on the afternoon of the 3rd of September, the Coastguard rang up to say that the yacht Cloetta, of Burnham-on-Crouch, was aground four and a quarter miles south-east of Clacton pier. A later message reported the yacht to be bumping badly. At 3.19 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched. It was low water, and in a moderate swell with a gentle west-south-westerly breeze blowing, she reached the Cloetta, which had six men and two women on board. After some difficulty a rope was got aboard, and the yacht was towed off into deeper water. Two Lifeboat men then went aboard with food and dry clothing, and the lifeboat towed the Cloetta to Brightlingsea, reaching her station again at 8.45. 1954 June 9th, Motor boat Nemo II, of Clacton, saved boat At 9.24 on the evening of the 9th of June, the Coastguard telephoned that the owner of the local motor pleasure boat Nemo II had reported that his boat had broken from her moorings and was drifting towards the shore to the east of the pier. At 9.30 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a rough sea. A southerly gale was blowing and the tide was two hours ebb. She found that the Nemo II had been washed ashore and, as the weather would not allow the lifeboat to be rehoused, she made for Brightlingsea, arriving at eleven o’clock that night. At 4.10 the next morning she left Brightlingsea, re-floated the Nemo II and the escorted her to Brightlingsea, which was reached again at 7.45. The lifeboat remained there until the weather moderated and was taken back to her station on the 11th. 1954 July 22nd, Motor Cruiser Holiwell, gave help At 4.19 on the afternoon of the 22nd of July, the Coastguard telephoned that the Mid-Barrow light-vessel had wirelessed that the motor cruiser Holliwell, which had broken down with a crew of three, had made fast to her and needed help. At 4.33 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight sea, with a light westerly breeze blowing and a flood tide. She towed the Holliwell to Brightlingsea and arrived back at her station at 11.39. 1954 December 22nd, Rowing Boat, saved 2 and boat & saved 1 other At 11.10 on the morning of the 22nd of December, the Coastguard reported that two men in a rowing boat two miles east of the pier were waving a white rag on an oar. At 11.23 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched, with the honorary secretary, Mr C. A. Perry, on board. There was a moderate swell, a fresh west-north-west breeze was blowing, and it was two and a quarter hours after high water. The lifeboat found that the two men, who had been on a fishing trip, had lost an oar, and their anchor would not hold. They were cold and wet. The lifeboat men rescued them, gave them rum, and towed their boat to the pier. After the men had landed, another man was seen in the sea near the pier’s berthing arm. The lifeboat put off again at once. She rescued him, and the honorary secretary revived him by artificial respiration. The lifeboat then landed the man at twelve noon. 1955 February 20th, Trawler Denise Germaine, of Zeebrugge, saved trawler’s boat At 11.32 on the morning of the 20th of February, the Coastguard telephoned that the trawler Denise Germaine, of Zeebrugge, had been wrecked on the Long Sandbank, west-by-north of the Barrow Deep light-vessel. Two of her crew had been picked up by a passing vessel, but two others were missing. At 11.50 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a slight swell, with a light breeze blowing and an ebbing tide. She searched in company with a helicopter, but found only two small boats drifting two miles north of North Knock Buoy. One of them was waterlogged, but she towed the other one to her station, which she reached at 8.45 that night. On the 24th Lloyd’s agent at Colchester asked if the lifeboat would take out a surveyor to view the wreck as no other boat could be obtained. Weather conditions were not suitable until the 27th, and at 5.50 that morning the lifeboat embarked Lloyd’s agent and the surveyor and made for the position. There was a moderate swell and a moderate east-north-east breeze. No trace of the Denise Germaine was seen. The lifeboat reached her station again at 11.15. 1955 February 21st, Barge May, of Ipswich, saved 2 and barge On the morning of the 21st of February, it was thought that the sailing barges May, of Ipswich, and Portlight, of Harwich, each with a crew of two, were in a dangerous position because of the bad weather. They had been at anchor about two miles east-north-east of Clacton Pier since the evening before. At 10.25 the Portlight burnt a flare, and at 10.38 the lifeboat Sir Godfrey Baring was launched in a rough sea. There was a strong east-by-north wind, and it was high water. The lifeboat found that both barges were dragging their anchors. She made at once for the May, which was nearer the shore, and wirelessed for the Walton and Frinton lifeboat to help the Portlight. The Clacton-on-Sea lifeboat towed the May to Felixstowe and then went to Harwich because of the weather, returning to her station the following morning. The Walton and Frinton lifeboat towed Portlight to Harwich.
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