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The Lincolnshire Poacher
Point 1 - Lifeboats of Skegness, and beach safety
The walk starts at Skegness Lifeboat Station, where we have our coastcam housed. Skegness has no harbour for a lifeboat to be left permanently afloat, and nowhere for a slipway, so the boats have to be launched across the beach and off a trailer.
As you face the lifeboat station you can see the beach and sea to your right. Since 1825 there have been many lifeboats in Skegness, the first launching from Gibraltar Point. These early launches were by man-power and horses. More recently, tractors are the main launch vehicles.
One of the most famous launches for Skegness was the Anne Allan, who from 1932-1953, saved many lives in the North Sea. This launch is significant as it was the first motor-driven lifeboat for Skegness. The reason for the name was that Skegness RNLI was provided for from a legacy left by Mrs Anne Allen of Spalding and this legacy funded the ‘new’ launch.
The Anne Allen was on service during World War II and made a number of launches to search for crews of crashed aircraft. This being made all the more dangerous during the war years as famously the lifeboat found itself in the middle of a minefield once. Fortunately through good navigation the skipper brought her safely out to the other side.
Outside Skegness Lifeboat Station
The current boats at the lifeboat station are, in the all weather category, The Lincolnshire Poacher, and the inshore lifeboat is The Leicester Fox II.
The lifeboat station is open for you to visit over the summer months between 10.30 am and 4 pm. You can usually see The Lincolnshire Poacher housed there (unless she has been called out).
Now walk around the lifeboat station to the foreshore and start on your walk. This part of the walk is called North Bracing. If you have a dog with you remember this part of the beach is a dog free zone.
last updated: 16/05/2008 at 17:34