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Calshot Lifeboat Station is located on Calshot Spit near the village of Calshot, Hampshire, and is on the southern bank of the open end of Southampton Water, on the south coast of England. The station is owned and operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and currently operates two inshore lifeboats. They are an Atlantic 85 called Max Walls(B-860) and a D-class (IB1) called RNLB Willett(D-748).

Calshot Lifeboat Station
Calshot Lifeboat Station
Location of Calshot Lifeboat station
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationCalshot Activity Centre, Calshot, Hampshire, SO45 1BR
CountryEngland
Coordinates50°49′12.8″N1°18′30.1″W /50.820222°N 1.308361°W /50.820222; -1.308361Coordinates: 50°49′12.8″N1°18′30.1″W /50.820222°N 1.308361°W /50.820222; -1.308361
Opened1970
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
Technical details
MaterialMasonry, Brick, on Concrete Stantions

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Until its closure in 1961, Calshot Spit had been the site of Royal Air Force station RAF Calshot, which was the primary seaplane/flying boat development and training unit in the United Kingdom. After the departure of the RAF, Hampshire County Council opened an educational activities centre on the site, which was The centre was constantly being asked by HM Coastguard to use its boats to go out and rescue people in trouble off shore. The administrators of the centre decided that they would contact the RNLI with a view to there being a more formalised rescue service for this busy stretch of water. The RNLI spent a year evaluating this proposition and as a result opened a lifeboat station on the site in 1970.

1960–1985: early lifeboats

The first lifeboat to be stationed at Calshot was a 40 ft (12 m) Keith Nelson-type lifeboat made of fibreglass or glass-reinforced plastic. She was called Ernest William and Elizabeth Ellen Hinde(ON 1017) and had the operation number of 40-001. Although lacking in self-righting capability, she was viewed as a successful experiment in the use of fibreglass for lifeboats. She cost £24,559 (equivalent to £388,375 in 2020).[citation needed]

In the evening of 10 January 1976, during gale force 8 to 9 winds and a choppy sea the lifeboat Ernest Williams was called to help a small motorboat which had been driven ashore on salt marsh in the Ashlett Creek channel. As the water was too shallow for the lifeboat, the crew of the Ernest Williams waded through the marshes, dragging the lifeboat's inflatable boarding boat while they looked for the vessel. Eventually the vessel's three crewmen were located and rescued. The Calshot crew were awarded RNLI bronze medals for the difficult rescue.

The second lifeboat at the station was the Brede-class lifeboat RNLB Safeway(ON 1104), which was moored just off Calshot Castle. The crew used a davit-launched boarding boat when called out on service. Safeway, which was funded by and named for the Safeway supermarket chain, was built by Lochin Marine at Newhaven, East Sussex in 1985. Like the Ernest William she had a fibreglass hull but was self-righting due to her watertight cabin.[citation needed]

1996–2007: new facilities and lifeboats

In 1996, the RNLI funded the construction of new shore facilities for Calshot Station, constructed on concrete stanchions to prevent flooding. Hampshire County Council provided a new boarding jetty for use jointly by the lifeboat station and the Calsholt Activity Centre.

The Arun-class lifeboat Margaret Russell Fraser (ON 1108)

The Safeway was withdrawn from service in December 2001 and replaced by the former Poole-based Brede Inner Wheel, which was itself replaced after only a few months by the Arun-class lifeboat Margaret Russell Fraser(ON 1108). Margaret Russell Fraser had come across the Solent from Yarmouth Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Wight, where she had been a part of RNLI's relief fleet. She arrived in 2002 and was replaced in 2004 by another Arun-class, the Mabel Williams(ON 1159).

In 2003 the station was given its first D-class (IB1) inshore lifeboat from the relief fleet. She was called Marlborough Club(D-407). 2003 also saw improvements made to the station facilities. At the cost of £266,424 an extension was added to the side of the station.

The Tyne-class Alexander Coutanche (ON 1157) - service 21 January 2010 to 2012

Arun-class lifeboats were withdrawn from service in 2007. The Mabel Williams was replaced by the Tyne-class Sarah Emily Harrop(ON 1155), which was moved to the relief fleet in January 2010 and replaced by the Tyne-class Alexander Coutanche(ON 1157).

2012–present: reorganisation

In 2012, the Calshot board of trustees decided that Calshot would cease to be an all-weather station; consequently the Tyne-class lifeboat was withdrawn on 4 April. In its place an Atlantic 85-class inshore lifeboat was sent to the station, necessitating improved facilities had been made at the station to accommodate the new lifeboat and its required launch tractor, a new lifeboat arrived and the Alexander Coutanche was withdrawn. On 11 July the new Atlantic 85-class Max Walls was placed on the station along with a new New Holland Launch tractor and the Calsholt was officially re-designated as an inshore lifeboat station.

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Calshot Lifeboat Station Article Talk Language Watch Edit Calshot Lifeboat Station 1 2 is located on Calshot Spit 3 near the village of Calshot Hampshire 4 and is on the southern bank of the open end of Southampton Water on the south coast of England The station is owned and operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution RNLI and currently operates two inshore lifeboats They are an Atlantic 85 called Max Walls B 860 and a D class IB1 called RNLB Willett D 748 Calshot Lifeboat StationCalshot Lifeboat StationLocation of Calshot Lifeboat stationGeneral informationTypeRNLI Lifeboat StationLocationCalshot Activity Centre Calshot Hampshire SO45 1BRCountryEnglandCoordinates50 49 12 8 N 1 18 30 1 W 50 820222 N 1 308361 W 50 820222 1 308361 Coordinates 50 49 12 8 N 1 18 30 1 W 50 820222 N 1 308361 W 50 820222 1 308361Opened1970OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat InstitutionTechnical detailsMaterialMasonry Brick on Concrete Stantions Contents 1 History 1 1 1960 1985 early lifeboats 1 2 1996 2007 new facilities and lifeboats 1 3 2012 present reorganisation 2 ReferencesHistory EditUntil its closure in 1961 Calshot Spit had been the site of Royal Air Force station RAF Calshot which was the primary seaplane flying boat development and training unit in the United Kingdom 5 After the departure of the RAF Hampshire County Council opened an educational activities centre on the site which was The centre was constantly being asked by HM Coastguard to use its boats to go out and rescue people in trouble off shore The administrators of the centre decided that they would contact the RNLI with a view to there being a more formalised rescue service for this busy stretch of water The RNLI spent a year evaluating this proposition and as a result opened a lifeboat station on the site in 1970 1960 1985 early lifeboats Edit The first lifeboat to be stationed at Calshot was a 40 ft 12 m Keith Nelson type lifeboat made of fibreglass or glass reinforced plastic She was called Ernest William and Elizabeth Ellen Hinde ON 1017 and had the operation number of 40 001 6 7 Although lacking in self righting capability she was viewed as a successful experiment in the use of fibreglass for lifeboats 7 She cost 24 559 equivalent to 388 375 in 2020 citation needed In the evening of 10 January 1976 during gale force 8 to 9 winds and a choppy sea the lifeboat Ernest Williams was called to help a small motorboat which had been driven ashore on salt marsh in the Ashlett Creek channel 8 9 As the water was too shallow for the lifeboat the crew of the Ernest Williams waded through the marshes dragging the lifeboat s inflatable boarding boat while they looked for the vessel Eventually the vessel s three crewmen were located and rescued The Calshot crew were awarded RNLI bronze medals for the difficult rescue 8 The second lifeboat at the station was the Brede class lifeboat RNLB Safeway ON 1104 which was moored just off Calshot Castle 9 10 The crew used a davit launched boarding boat when called out on service Safeway which was funded by and named for the Safeway supermarket chain was built by Lochin Marine at Newhaven East Sussex in 1985 11 Like the Ernest William she had a fibreglass hull but was self righting due to her watertight cabin citation needed 1996 2007 new facilities and lifeboats Edit In 1996 the RNLI funded the construction of new shore facilities for Calshot Station constructed on concrete stanchions to prevent flooding 9 Hampshire County Council provided a new boarding jetty for use jointly by the lifeboat station and the Calsholt Activity Centre 9 12 The Arun class lifeboat Margaret Russell Fraser ON 1108 The Safeway was withdrawn from service in December 2001 and replaced by the former Poole based Brede Inner Wheel which was itself replaced after only a few months by the Arun class lifeboat Margaret Russell Fraser ON 1108 13 Margaret Russell Fraser had come across the Solent from Yarmouth Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Wight where she had been a part of RNLI s relief fleet 13 She arrived in 2002 and was replaced in 2004 by another Arun class the Mabel Williams ON 1159 14 In 2003 the station was given its first D class IB1 inshore lifeboat from the relief fleet She was called Marlborough Club D 407 15 2003 also saw improvements made to the station facilities At the cost of 266 424 an extension was added to the side of the station 16 The Tyne class Alexander Coutanche ON 1157 service 21 January 2010 to 2012 Arun class lifeboats were withdrawn from service in 2007 The Mabel Williams was replaced by the Tyne class Sarah Emily Harrop ON 1155 which was moved to the relief fleet in January 2010 and replaced by the Tyne class Alexander Coutanche ON 1157 2012 present reorganisation Edit In 2012 the Calshot board of trustees decided that Calshot would cease to be an all weather station consequently the Tyne class lifeboat was withdrawn on 4 April In its place an Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat was sent to the station necessitating improved facilities had been made at the station to accommodate the new lifeboat and its required launch tractor a new lifeboat arrived and the Alexander Coutanche was withdrawn On 11 July the new Atlantic 85 class Max Walls 17 was placed on the station along with a new New Holland Launch tractor and the Calsholt was officially re designated as an inshore lifeboat station References Edit Home Page of the Calshot Lifeboat Station RNLI Calshot Lifeboat Home Page Calshot Lifeboat Station Retrieved 2 April 2014 Calshot Lifeboat Station RNLI website Home page of the Calshot station RNLI c 2014 Retrieved 31 March 2014 Zone 8 Calshot Spit PDF nfdc gov uk New Forest District Council February 2004 Retrieved 7 April 2014 OS Explorer Map New Forest Author Ordnance Survey Publisher Ordnance Survey B4 edition 2013 ISBN 9780319241509 RAF Calshot Air of Authority A History of RAF Organisation Details and History of RAF Calshot courtesy of Steve Clements Retrieved 2 April 2014 Welcome to the NBOC website Home Page of the Nelson Boat Owners Club Copyright c 2010 Nelson Boat Owners Club Archived from the original on 7 April 2014 Retrieved 2 April 2014 a b Never Turn Back the RNLI since the Second World War Authors Kipling Ray amp Susannah Publisher Sutton Publishing 2006 edition Work Chapter Designed for Danger Page 86 Reference to the name and construction of Ernest William and Elizabeth Ellen Hyde ISBN 9780750943079 a b Lifeboat Gallantry RNLI Medals and how they were won Author Cox Barry Publisher Spink amp son Ltd and the RNLI 1998 Work KING Peter James SMITH Christopher James STREET John Anthony Calshot Lifeboat Page 357 ISBN 0907605893 a b c d For Those In Peril The Lifeboat Service of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland Station by Station Author Leach Nicholas Publisher Silver Link Publishing Ltd First Issue 1999 Work Part 2 South Coast of England Eastbourne to Weston super Mare Page 80 Calshot station ISBN 1 85794 129 2 33 Foot Brede class List of Foot Brede class lifeboats includes Safeway ON 1104 Lifeboat World On Line c 2014 Retrieved 17 March 2014 Home Page Lochin Boatyard Services Details of the Boatbuilder and there services All Contents c 2014 Lochin Marine International Archived from the original on 1 April 2014 Retrieved 2 April 2014 Calshot Activities Centre Home page of the Calshot Activities Centre c Copyright Hampshire County Council 2014 Archived from the original on 6 April 2014 Retrieved 2 April 2014 a b Arun Lifeboats An illustrated history of the RNLI Arun lifeboats 1971 2009 Author Leach Nicholas Publisher Kelsey Publishing Ltd 2011 work Page 104 Margaret Russell Fraser ISBN 9781907426216 Arun Lifeboats An illustrated history of the RNLI Arun lifeboats 1971 2009 Author Leach Nicholas Publisher Kelsey Publishing Ltd 2011 work Page 126 RNLB Mable Williams ON1159 ISBN 9781907426216 D IB1 class Production List List of D class inshore lifeboats includes D 407 Lifeboat World On Line c 2014 Retrieved 2 April 2014 History Section Calshot Lifeboat Station website RNLI Calshot Lifeboat Station History Tab Calshot Lifeboat Station Retrieved 2 April 2014 Lifeboats online B class Atlantic 85 Production List List of Atlantic 85 class lifeboats includes B 860 Lifeboat World On Line c 2014 Retrieved 7 April 2014 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Calshot Lifeboat Station amp oldid 1062190167, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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