anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea
lifeboat launch is commemorated
lifeboat funded entirely by the town of Cheltenham and destined
to serve as the first RNLI lifeboat in Burnham-On-Sea has been commemorated
this week - 150 years after its launch.
October 10th, 1866, the 32-foot, 10 oar-powered pulling vessel was
launched on Pittville Lake in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
was later transported by rail to Burnham-On-Sea where it remained
in service for 21 years, saving 21 lives across the 14 times it
week, to mark the 150th anniversary, the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury
RNLI Branch hosted a commemoration service to mark the 15 decades
since the dedication of the lifeboat to the charitys crew
lifeboat was funded entirely by the people of Cheltenham via an
appeal. Once built, the lifeboat had to be transported by rail from
London to Cheltenham for the naming ceremony, where it was named
on behalf of the Borough by Lady Charlotte Shreiber on 10th October
Wroot, RNLI Cheltenham and Tewskesbury Committee Member, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The service marked this significant part of the history of
the people of Cheltenham and the RNLI."
also marked over 150 years of fundraising for the RNLI in Cheltenham
and the surrounding area, an incredible length of time which has
seen such generosity from our inland town."
have also organised for an information board including history and
picture to be put near the place where the lifeboat was launched."