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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:33

Our Links with the RNLI (cont)

Fred Brunskill, Chair of the Zetland Lifeboat Museum Management Committee


Dear Sir.
It was with interest that I read of your long standing association with the RNLI.
Thanks to Alan Brundall we now have further information as to the historical connection.

I am the Chair of the Zetland Lifeboat Museum Management Committee and always appreciate any comments and interesting facts.
Alan mentions the connection with the RNLI as starting in 1869 but it's possible that an even earlier association was formed.
I think I am right is saying that in 1870 the Earl of Zetland was a Past Master of England and Provincial Grand Master of North & East Ridings of Yorkshire. Zetland was a title bestowed on the Dundas family by Queen Victoria within a week of her Coronation. It was Thomas Dundas who placed the order for Redcar's old lifeboat in 1802. All this of course 22 years before the RNLI was formed.
For the first 36 years of her life the 'Greathead' built boat was called 'Lifeboat' and it was only when the Zetland name came into being that the local people re-christened the boat 'Zetland'
Fast forward to the present day and I can tell you that our group are working to get the Lifeboat fully conserved so that she will last another few hundred years. Our group hold fundraising events so that the Zetland can remain in the boathouse still overseeing the very seas from which she saved over 500 lives,.
The lifeboat continues to save lives by the fact she sends all donations collected in the museum to RNLI headquarters.
Should any of your members ever want to look around the Museum or hear more of the Zetland lifeboat and her history, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kindest regards

Fred Brunskill