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RNLB's Charles Dibdin and Mabel E Holland being changed over at Aldeburgh

RNLB's Charles Dibdin and Mabel E Holland being changed over at Aldeburgh

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There were two slips at Aldeburgh,the launching slip and the recovery slip. When the boat came ashore, it was pulled up the recovery slip onto a turn table and aligned with the crossover, where you can see the Charles Dibdin. The launching cradle was turned to align with crossover and the boat was pulled on to the launching cradle that was then turned into the launching position, aligned with the launching slip. There was a capstan beside the boathouse, handraulic version, lots of bars to turn it. This was replaced by an electric version, later replaced by a Case tractor with a winch. Its a lot easier with a Mersey on a trailer.
 

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