Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

One of the current tasks of the Documentation team is to work through a collection of old maritime glass negatives. We scan the negatives and create computer records about each one. These are two images we find really interesting, capturing an important piece of local history.

Tynemouth lifeboat station

Tynemouth lifeboat station

On 9th to 10th April 1941, the Tynemouth Lifeboat Station was hit by a German bombing raid, the devastation it caused is easy to see. The lifeboat in this image was a new 41 foot Watson Type which was due to be named “John Pymont”. This is the only time in the history of the RNLI that a boat has been lost “unchristened”.

Tynemouth lifeboat station

Tynemouth lifeboat station

One Response to Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

  1. C. Lambert says:

    The “John Pyemont” came on station at Tynemouth in 1939. By the time that the station was bombed in 1941, she had already launched on service 20 times and saved 59 lives. The two-storey building with the hip roof in the background is the North Shields station of the Tyne Lifeboat Society. Their lifeboat “James Young”, built in January 1884, lies unseen under the rubble of her lifeboat house on the left. Both the “James Young” and her station were also destroyed by the bomb. As is stated above, “John Pyemont” thus became the first R.N.L.I. lifeboat not to be dedicated or christened.

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