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.
Dungeness Lifeboat Update - 5 October 2014
Our Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 The Morrell is away for updating and you may be able to see where she is with this link, relief lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider will be with us for approximately eight weeks.
The photographs above were taken recently by Stephen Horne (13 yrs old) of our relief Shannon class lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider, click on the photos for a larger image.
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.