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.
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”.