Dover Lifeboat Donation
Dover lifeboat guards the Straits, from Folkestone to the South Goodwin lightvessel, it was established in 1837 by the Dover Humane and Shipwreck Institution. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution contributed towards the cost of another boat, which was built in 1853 on its plans and took over the station in 1855.
Dover Lifeboat now operates a Severn Class Lifeboat currently the largest lifeboat in the fleet, named “The City of London”.
It is powered by 2 x MTU M94 Diesel Engine 1,600hp each at 2450rpm Fuel capacity, 5,600 litres and has a range 250 nautical miles
To keep the lifeboat running, it costs £250,000 per year which covers fuel and maintenance, in 2018 they attended 75 calls, the average number of calls is usual around 45.
Left Barney Barnes East Kent Freemasons Right John Miell Dover Lifeboat
During his time as head of East Kent Freemasons, Temple Lodge, in Folkestone, Barney Barnes, held a lady’s night to raise money for charity, he was pleased to be able to present a cheque for £650 to Dover Lifeboat, which was accepted by John Miell, Coxswain, who said, “It’s wonderful the support we receive, and we are very pleased to accept this donation from the Freemasons of Folkestone, It goes a long way in helping train and equip our courageous Crew”.
Dover Lifeboat Station
Cross Wall Quay
Tel: 01304 204280