RNLB 17-38 Daniel L Gibson Relief Lifeboat, Tidal Harbour, Dover Marina, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 10, 2009

The RNLB 17-38 Daniel L Gibson is a relief lifeboat and is shown here berthed alongside the Crosswall Quay in Dover's Tidal Harbour, part of Dover Marina.

The photo was taken from the end of the Dolphin Hard Jetty on Tuesday, 8th of September, 2009.

Dover's current lifeboat is the 17-09 "City of London II" (photo not yet available), which is a Severn Class lifeboat like the Daniel Gibson. The Dover Lifeboat Station boathouse is the building directly above the Daniel Gibson.

The next five paragraphs are abridged from the Dover Lifebboat Station website:

17-09 'City of London II' arrived in March 1997 and is Dover's 16th lifeboat, succeeding the Thames class lifeboat 'Rotary Service'. Click for more details of Dover's previous lifeboats.

"City of London II" - Length: 17m; Beam: 6m; Top speed: 25 kts; Displacement: 44 tonnes; Crew: 6 + Doctor; Range: 250 nautical miles.

Dover lifeboat lies moored alongside the quay on a floating pontoon. This pontoon enables the crew to have excellent access to the boat for calls, routine maintenance and cleaning. This is a luxury many stations operating Severn class lifeboats don't have as often the larger afloat boats are moored some distance from shore and a smaller boarding boat must be used to gain access. The pontoon also makes it easy to transfer any casualties from the boat to ambulances.

Dover's lifeboat has had several different homes over the years. The first lifeboat station at Dover was the building under the clock tower (this building is shown in the "The Clock Tower and Dover Castle from Dolphin Hard Jetty" photo) at the landward end of the Prince of Wales Pier. When the Station reopened in 1930 it was in the Camber at the Eastern Docks. After the Second World War, the lifeboat moved into one of the Motor torpedo boat (submarine) pens.

Dover has had a lifeboat since 1837 and in 1855 the running of the station was taken over by the RNLI from the Dover Humane Society.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) website has more information (the RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales and Scotland).

The entrance to the non-tidal Granville Dock (located on the other side of Crosswall Quay) can be seen on the left of the above photo.

On the treeline at the top of the Western Heights cliffs are the three gun emplacements of St Martin's Battery.

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John Latter on February 12, 2011

Click to see the Dover lifeboat RNLB 17-09 City of London II and Lifeboat Station photo.

John Latter on February 22, 2011

Another photo of this area of Dover Marina:

Panorama of the Tidal Harbour and Dover Marina from South Pier

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  • Uploaded on September 10, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/08 11:18:04
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 38.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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