Lust for Lifeboats

I love boats. However, I particularly love Lifeboats.

As to why, it’s quite simple…

I love any environment that is well-designed for the purpose in hand, with everything in its place and nothing more.

Boats tend to epitomise that for me but Lifeboats do it with aplomb.

The Severn Class Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland, is a mighty-fine example and one that many were able to enjoy on Lifeboat Day yesterday…

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Instruments

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Deck Hatch — observe neatly aligned screw heads and locks!

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Engine Room — one of two MTU M94 series 2000 V10 marine diesel engines producing 1507hp (1124kW) at 1500rpm…apparently.

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Immaculate bodywork and bolts (neatly aligned hinge screw heads too!)…

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Crowds gather through the warehouse door on Lifeboat Day…

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

A gunwale with a few stories to tell…

Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Waterproofs (no humans present)…

When I was a young boy of eight, I always wanted to be a Lifeboatman but boring adults used to remind me that I wouldn’t be able to earn a living as a volunteer.

Every once in a while, I still daydream of being a Lifeboatman.

Speaking to crew members yesterday, it appears I still have time yet. Firstly, however, I just need to move to within eight minutes of the Lifeboat Station. Time for a family meeting…

Tynemouth Lifeboat, RNLB Spirit of Northumberland

Living the dream…

If you’d like to support me and the RNLI on the Great North Run 2013, please visit my JustGiving page. Your donations, no matter how modest, will be greatly appreciated.

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