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Lifeboat in the museum

Lifeboat in the museum

Point 2: Life on the lifeboats

Saving lives for years, the life boats are a well-loved part of any community and that's no different in Hartlepool, where volunteers have restored an old treasure into new glory.

The Hartlepool Lifeboats first acquired the Princess Royal in October 1939, and with not much time to adjust to her new surroundings, she was involved in a rescue mission when a Spitfire was shot down just off Hartlepool.

Princess Anne rededicated the lifeboat.

Princess Anne rededicated the lifeboat.

She was taken away after the war, but in 1980 local lifeboat volunteer Brian Stringer  got her back. With the aid of the other volunteers, he gutted and nearly completely rebuilt the boat, putting her back to her original state.

After all that hard work put into getting original boats back to the Headland, the volunteers managed to get Princess Anne to re-dedicated the boat, which is unique as Princess Mary dedicated the boat first time round.

The council have started a project in the area to give the lifeboats and their workers the credit they deserve by erecting plaques which will hopefully show off the medal winners and all the great people involved in keeping the lifeboats going.

During the research for the plaques the name of Thomas Wilson came up again and again, so Brian Stringer turned detective to research this important man.

Thomas Wilson was the first ever chair of RNLI, and the longest serving one too. But as well as that, he also turned out the be a local lad from Hartlepool, so he'll be getting pride of place on a plaque in the town.

Town Wall

What's left of the Town Wall

To listen to more stories about the lifeboats, click the links at the top right of the page.

Once you've looked at the life boats, carry on up Town Wall.

The Town Wall played a vital role in the defence of the town - listen to the audio at the top right of this page for more information.

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