Fears raised Poole Quay could lose historic lifeboat visited by thousands

Bournemouth Echo: WANTS LIFEBOAT TO STAY: Poole Quay Old Boathouse volunteer Dave Bowman with the Thomas Kirk Wright WANTS LIFEBOAT TO STAY: Poole Quay Old Boathouse volunteer Dave Bowman with the Thomas Kirk Wright

AN historic boat on display at Poole Quay is being damaged due to the state of the boathouse in which it is housed.

And fears have been raised that the area could lose the attraction which raises thousands of pounds for the lifeboats.

The old lifeboat station at Fisherman’s Dock has been a museum since 1974, housing historic lifeboat and Dunkirk veteran Thomas Kirk Wright.

But the building leaks, floods and is said to be unsuitable for the 1939 lifeboat, which made three trips across the Channel from Ramsgate to the Dunkirk beaches, rescuing members of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. The RNLI is considering moving the old lifeboat, which is owned by the National Maritime Museum, to other premises.

Last year more than 30,000 people visited the vessel and through donations and selling souvenirs volunteers raised £33,000, of which £19,000 went to Poole Lifeboat.

“I personally don’t like the idea of it leaving where it is at the moment,” said souvenir secretary David Bowman. “Simply because it’s an attraction.

“We seem to draw in a lot more people with the boat there.”

Volunteer Brian Traves, who with wife Marge registered the boat with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, said: “The long-term view is that she will have to have some work done to her keel, there is some rot there,” he said.

“To maintain her she will eventually have to be moved.”

But he said he could not see this happening for around five years.

Poole town councillor and Poole People leader Cllr Mark Howell, who raised the issue with the RNLI, said: “Poole Quay has lost a number of tourist assets in the last 20 years.

“The loss of the lifeboat would be a further significant blow and would upset many residents of Poole.”

He suggested if it was not financially viable for the RNLI to continue to maintain the building, which is owned by Borough of Poole, it could transfer liabilities to another organisation.

Vessel's home not ideal

Paul Boissier, chief executive of the RNLI, said the boat had been on loan since 1971 and over the last 10 years there had been a number of surveys of the vessel by specialists.

“Their reports confirm that the current boathouse environment is not ideal for the boat in the long-term due to the high relative humidity, fluctuations of temperature and occasional flooding,” he said. “To safeguard the boat for the future, alternative venues in Poole are being discussed but any changes must be agreed with National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.”

Cllr Neil Sorton, cabinet portfolio holder for efficiency, improvement and resources, Borough of Poole, said the council was negotiating a lease with the RNLI and the papers were sent out on December 2.

“Once this has been signed by the RNLI and ratified by Borough of Poole, the RNLI will be free to carry out the agreed repair works and refurbishment. However, until we receive the signed lease, work cannot commence,” he said.

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7:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

mithrandir says...

An historic??? surely A historic, this is an americanism.
An historic??? surely A historic, this is an americanism. mithrandir

7:43am Thu 9 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Try lottery funding , after all these people use it for overseas tasks , then how about this country
Try lottery funding , after all these people use it for overseas tasks , then how about this country skydriver

7:49am Thu 9 Jan 14

Derf says...

Boat allergic to water - classic
Boat allergic to water - classic Derf

8:14am Thu 9 Jan 14

samsmith says...

From the journalists reference bible, the Guardian Style Guide:

historic or historical?
A historic event is notable, a historical event merely something that happened in the past. So someone might be accused of historical crimes that happened years earlier.

Note that the article is A not "an", unless directly quoting someone
From the journalists reference bible, the Guardian Style Guide: historic or historical? A historic event is notable, a historical event merely something that happened in the past. So someone might be accused of historical crimes that happened years earlier. Note that the article is A not "an", unless directly quoting someone samsmith

8:32am Thu 9 Jan 14

davecook says...

Perhaps it would be better to do this in the correct order. The building should be listed as it is an important historic building right on Poole Quay. Transferring it to the control of Poole Museums service could follow once the building has been restored. During restoration, the lifeboat could be moved elsewhere for restoration, so boat and building can be re-united within a short period of time. Of course, what I suspect is secretly wanted is for the building to become derelict, get knocked down, and replaced by some uber yacht club type thing for the wealthy, and the lifeboat to get forgotten quietly in some backwater.
Perhaps it would be better to do this in the correct order. The building should be listed as it is an important historic building right on Poole Quay. Transferring it to the control of Poole Museums service could follow once the building has been restored. During restoration, the lifeboat could be moved elsewhere for restoration, so boat and building can be re-united within a short period of time. Of course, what I suspect is secretly wanted is for the building to become derelict, get knocked down, and replaced by some uber yacht club type thing for the wealthy, and the lifeboat to get forgotten quietly in some backwater. davecook

8:40am Thu 9 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Methinks MDL+ Crown estates + rubbing hands with glee
Methinks MDL+ Crown estates + rubbing hands with glee sea poole

9:16am Thu 9 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Always amuses me how idiots get so **** hung up on the grammar, the spelling, the pedantics... and miss the **** message... sheesh - react to the intent

dimwits all you know
Always amuses me how idiots get so **** hung up on the grammar, the spelling, the pedantics... and miss the **** message... sheesh - react to the intent dimwits all you know nickynoodah

9:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

d-a -m-n
d-a -m-n nickynoodah

10:03am Thu 9 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

Thank you for the English Lesson Sam Smith, most exhilirating........
..not.

I know that most of the donations to the RNLI are used to keep the same afloat so to speak, (I give a considerable donation). Is it not possible for some of this money be released for such a project. Poole Council, this is your heritage also, get of your butts, and support the matter.
Thank you for the English Lesson Sam Smith, most exhilirating........ ..not. I know that most of the donations to the RNLI are used to keep the same afloat so to speak, (I give a considerable donation). Is it not possible for some of this money be released for such a project. Poole Council, this is your heritage also, get of your butts, and support the matter. TheDistrict

10:17am Thu 9 Jan 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

TheDistrict says... (I give a considerable donation).

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Really, compared with what ?
It's a shame you can't do it quietly without attention seeking.
TheDistrict says... (I give a considerable donation). --------------- Really, compared with what ? It's a shame you can't do it quietly without attention seeking. Sir Beachy Head

10:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

topofall says...

How about the RNLI spending some of their vast amounts of money to repair a few leaks!
How about the RNLI spending some of their vast amounts of money to repair a few leaks! topofall

10:42am Thu 9 Jan 14

60plus says...

The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them.
The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them. 60plus

11:47am Thu 9 Jan 14

Stereotyped says...

60plus wrote:
The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them.
I cannot even begin to comprehend how little you actually know about the organisation.

p.s. it is RNLI, not RLNI...
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them.[/p][/quote]I cannot even begin to comprehend how little you actually know about the organisation. p.s. it is RNLI, not RLNI... Stereotyped

5:22pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Desperado says...

60plus wrote:
The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them.
The only one that don't get paid (volunteers) are the ones that risk their lives,
the ones that go out on the boats .
All the rest of them get paid big bucks .
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: The RLNI have enough money to repair it,they don't have to pay staff it's run by volunteers.I will only give to the local branch because of the amount of money they have,I don't think people realise that local branches have to buy their equipment of them.[/p][/quote]The only one that don't get paid (volunteers) are the ones that risk their lives, the ones that go out on the boats . All the rest of them get paid big bucks . Desperado

11:12pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

mithrandir wrote:
An historic??? surely A historic, this is an americanism.
Just the other way around. 'An historic' is British; 'A historic is American'.
[quote][p][bold]mithrandir[/bold] wrote: An historic??? surely A historic, this is an americanism.[/p][/quote]Just the other way around. 'An historic' is British; 'A historic is American'. Yankee1

11:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Perhpas the building should be linked to Poole's museum, and the lifeboat be maintained (there or elsewhere) by the RNLI. If the RNLI does not want it, then it is right where it is. It does not have to remain seaworthy.

The building, as part of Poole's museum, could be converted into a better visitor site for memorabilia of the harbour's nautical past. The boat itself is not well displayed there. I would divide the issue into two questions: what best for the building; what best for the boat. I would not link them together, unless the answers indicate that that is the right place for the boat.
Perhpas the building should be linked to Poole's museum, and the lifeboat be maintained (there or elsewhere) by the RNLI. If the RNLI does not want it, then it is right where it is. It does not have to remain seaworthy. The building, as part of Poole's museum, could be converted into a better visitor site for memorabilia of the harbour's nautical past. The boat itself is not well displayed there. I would divide the issue into two questions: what best for the building; what best for the boat. I would not link them together, unless the answers indicate that that is the right place for the boat. Yankee1

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