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Old 10th April 2007, 13:14
Steve Hodges Steve Hodges is offline  
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Former RNLI lifeboats

Can anyone tell me what happened to the two former RNLI lifeboats that used to take pilots out from Southend pier to ships anchored off in the Thames Estuary? One was called "Thameserver" and the other was either "William Bradley" or "Robert Bradley", can't quite remember. They were certainly going till the late '60s at least. I had a friend who worked on them - I remember cadging a ride on the "Bradley" once when she took a pilot out, she rolled like a pig. As old lifeboats never seem to die I'd be interested to know where they are now.
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Old 10th April 2007, 21:11
Galley Boy Galley Boy is offline
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Hi Steve,checking out your boats in the LBES Handbook by Tony Denton,Thameserver(1928)was being used as a work boat at Leigh on Sea in 2005,
William Bradley(1923) is at present under restoration at Migennes,France
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Old 11th April 2007, 13:07
Steve Hodges Steve Hodges is offline  
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Thanks, mate! I will have to go hunting for the old "Thameserver" next time I am down near Leigh.
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