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Dungeness lifeboat RNLB Charles Cooper Henderson was one of the 'Little Ships' that served in the 1940 wartime evacuation of Dunkirk (Code-named 'Operation Dynamo').
Click here to read a recently-found document which provides the coxswain's harrowing first hand account of how the Charles Cooper Henderson and her brave crew were responsible for rescuing an estimated 2000-plus troops from Dunkirk Harbour and beach and ferried them out to the larger ships waiting to receive and repatriate them to England.

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Latest Lifeboat Shout

Sunday 31 August at 16.10 hours tasked to 5 metre RIB with mechenical breakdown, one person on board, 16 miles E.S.E. of Dungeness. Casualty towed ashore.

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  • Shout 26 July 2014

    On a shout, 26 July 2014, photo by Noel Packer

  • Coming ashore during the Naming Ceremony

    The Morell returing to shore 1 June 2014, photo by James Oxley

  • 3 Lifeboats at Dungeness

    A unique photo of 3 lifeboats together at Dungeness

  • Group Photo at the Christening

    Photo taken at the Christening Ceremony 1 June 2014, photo by Guy Freeman

  • SOS Day 2013

    SOS Day 26 January 2013

  • Pride and Spirit - Noel Packer

    Photo by Dungeness RNLI crew member Noel Packer

  • John Thomas Retirement Vellum Presentation

    Retirement of John Thomas as Foreman Launcher - Photograph taken in 1979
    From left to right: William Richardson (Coxswain of RNLB Alice Upjohn), Frank Paine, Ben Tart, John Thomas (holding RNLI Vellum), Pat Richardson (Mechanic of RNLB Alice Upjohn) John Caldwell (RNLI Divisional inspector presenting Vellum) Lew Lewellyn (Station Treasurer), Bill Oiller (Hon Sec)
    Photograph owned by Sheila Bunney

  • Donation from two local angling associations

    Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station receives donation from two local angling associations, photograph taken by crew member/deputy lifeboat press officer Simon Collins

  • Open Day 2014

    Photo taken at the 2014 Open Day by Jack Richardson

  • Crew 12-001 with rainbow

    Dungeness RNLI crew and lifeboat 12-001 with rainbow - photograph by Noel Packer 11 July 2012

  • Open Day 2011

    Pride and Spirit & Fred Clark during Dungeness RNLI Open Day 2011

  • Frank Paine mechanic

    Frank Paine mechanic on RNLB Mabel E Holland 1967/68. Photograph owned by Sheila Bunney

  • Dungeness Lifeboat Charles Cooper Henderson

    The photograph shows the Charles Cooper Henderson - this lifeboat was at this station from 1933 to 1957, all that is left of the old station is the road out to it and the old belt house, where the lifejackets and gear was kept. The slipway was removed when the Mabel E Holland left in 1979 the boathouse had been removed a few years before.

  • Ben Tart with lady launcher Betty Paine

    Ben Tart with one of the last of the lady launchers, Betty Paine 1967/68. Photograph owned by Sheila Bunney

  • Open Day 2014

    Photo taken at the 2014 Open Day by crew member Noel Packer

  • 13-02 During Training

    The Morrell during crew training, photo by Shirley Johnson

  • RAOB 1895

    1895 RAOB on transporter carriage at Lydd

  • Liquid Vortex Crew

    The seven crew that went to the aid of the training yacht 'Liquid Vortex' on 3 January, 2012' who are to receive RNLI awards. From left to right: Roger Gillett, Simon Collins, Garry Clark, Mark Richardson, Trevor Bunney, Terry Ashford and Jeff Henderson.
    Photograph taken by Judith Richardson, Dungeness lifeboat press officer

  • Storm Rider on exercise

    Relief lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider on exercise 28 October 2014, photo by Dungeness lifeboat Press Officer Judith Richardson.

  • Storm Rider on exercise

    Relief lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider on exercise 28 October 2014, photo by Dungeness lifeboat Press Officer Judith Richardson.

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  • Archive 11-11-1891

    11-11-1891 RAOB with crew that went to the Aeolus & God of the Winds

  • Tug Race 26 July 2014

    Attending Folkestone Trawler Race July 2014, photo by Noel Packer

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  • Storm Rider on exercise

    Relief lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider on exercise 28 October 2014, photo by Dungeness lifeboat Press Officer Judith Richardson.

  • Frank and Betty Paine

    Frank and Betty Paine 1967/68. Photograph owned by Sheila Bunney

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