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Launch of The Cyclists’ Lifeboat

Launch of The Cyclist's Lifeboat - 17th December 1887

The Cyclist's Lifeboat


The South Durham Herald reported in full the forthcoming launch.

There is a very lengthy description, including the order of procession.   I have included only the first three paragraphs from the article. Web Master

The procession, in the following order, will leave the Borough Buildings at 2.15 in the afternoon of Saturday, the 17th inst., passing through St. Mary Street and down the High Street to the Dock.

 On arriving at the quay side, the procession will be received by the Rev. John Burdon, the president of the Hartlepool branch of the Royal Lifeboat Institution, and Lieut. T.H. Willoughby Beddoes, R.N., District Inspector.

 The lifeboat, which will be ready for launching on the slipway of the boathouse at Middleton, near the Old Ferry Landing, will then be formally presented to the Institution by Mr. Henry Sturmey, founder of the Cyclists’ Lifeboat Fund, and accepted on behalf of the Institution of Lieut. T.H. Willoughby Beddoes, who will then hand it over to the Hartlepool Branch.   Mr. Burton will receive the boat on behalf of the Local Committee.

 The Rector of Hartlepool and the Vicar of West Hartlepool will offer prayers for the welfare of the boat.