Next Lifeboat Exercises
Our Dungeness RNLI Mersey class lifeboat 12-27 "Pride and Spirit' will leave this station escorted by our RNLI Shannon 13-02 'The Morrell' on Saturday 8 March at 08.30 hours - she is going for re-fit and will then be stationed at Clifden in Ireland.
Latest Lifeboat Shout
At 02.45 hours on Saturday 11 January.
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On Saturday 8 March at 08.30 hours, the Mersey class lifeboat "Pride and Spirit", Dungeness Lifeboat from 1992 to March 5 2014 will be leaving the station for Poole.
Since being placed on service in 1992, the Pride and Spirit has…
Launched 288 times • Rescued 385 people • Saved 34 lives
" I 'Like' this, and yet I kind of don't 'Like' it if that makes sense. A more bitter-sweet day one cannot imagine; for all those over the years who have crewed, launched, recovered, dragged woods, driven tractors, station managed, media managed, raised funds, raised awareness and profile, and all those who've relentlessly made endless cups of tea, watched, waited, for all the above to come home. (For they also serve, who stand and wait). And all those who have been picked up by, towed by, pumped-out by, escorted by and had there spirits lifted by -'The Pride and Spirit launching on a shout'! There could not have been a better boat of it's time, nor a better name, nor a better bunch of people associated with it. It really is what it is; 'Pride and Spirit'."
Nick Brooks crew member on Dungeness Lifeboat.
The Pride and Spirit
stands outside her station
waiting for the final crew
to launch her from the ness
We say goodbye old friend
and thanks for taking care
of all of your crew
With 34 lives under your belt
and 385 people rescued
you leave this beach with pride
Like the spirits of the boats before you
that are written on the board
we send you proudly on your Journey
May the seas be kind to you
and the nights never so black
God Bless old friend
By Liam Bull
On 5 March 2014 at 18.30 hours, the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 'The Morrell’
went on service as the new Dungeness RNLI lifeboat.
Click here to see the position of Dungeness Lifeboat "The Morrell" if it is in service
Dungeness Lifeboat Station in Kent guards the Channel from Folkestone to Rye Bay and today operates a Shannon class lifeboat, "The Morrell" paid for by an extraordinarily generous legacy gift from Mrs Barbara Morrell. She left the RNLI a legacy worth over £6 million, requesting that it be left to fund a lifeboat for Kent, as she came from Bromley in Kent.