Road King goes to: RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station

On a sunny weekend Hogsback chapter drove down to Selsey, joining with New Forest Branch Chapter, to attend the annual RNLI Lifeboat Day.

The  lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all weather Tyne class lifeboat and a D class inshore lifeboat. Over its 145-year history the crew have been presented with 10 awards for gallantry.

Up until 1809 when the ferry bank was constructed, the ‘island’ of Selsey was linked to the mainland via a ferry crossing. The unique setting of Selsey Bill, jutting out some three miles to sea, has excellent views across the sea to Bognor Regis to the east and Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight to the west. With three beaches, Selsey lifeboat station is found on East Beach.

The first lifeboat at Selsey, Friend, arrived in 1861 and was launched over the beach on skids. Until then, with the exception of two vessels on the Isle of Wight, there had been no lifeboat between Worthing and Lyme Regis in Dorset. During the Second World War Selsey’s lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, made many rescues out in the Channel especially during the Battle of Britain.

my Road King classic

Selsey was established as an inshore lifeboat (ILB) station as well in 1968 and the present ILB boathouse was built in 1987 with a crew room, store and gift shop.

The all weather lifeboat station has been rebuilt a few times over the years and the gantry has also been extended as the sea claimed more and more of the peninsula. The building of the sea defenses at East Beach in the 1950’s luckily halted the sea in its tracks on this side of Selsey.

The current boathouse was built in 1961 and the reinforced concrete slipway has a gradient of 1 in 5. The museum is located behind the ILB boathouse and has displays covering the 140-year history of Selsey lifeboats.

The all weather lifeboat station has been rebuilt a few times over the years and the gantry has also been extended as the sea claimed more and more of the peninsula. The building of the sea defenses at East Beach in the 1950’s luckily halted the sea in its tracks on this side of Selsey.

During its long station history, the crew have been awarded eight Medals for Gallantry, five Silver and three Bronze, the last in 1983.

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Art Bleiglass - View my 'RNLI Selsey' set on Flickriver

This event was before the SOFER Rally

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