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Not easy work bringing in the lifeboat, now known to be the ”Fifi and Charles” life boat which was based at Redcar 1907-1931.

Fred Brunskill tells us: ”The ‘Fifi and Charles’ was the last of the rowing lifeboats, towards the end of her service she was provided with the first of Redcar’s tractors to aid launching and recovery. A 35hp. Clayton tractor was delivered in readiness for the ‘Fife and Charles’s’ successor which was to be a heavier and motor driven lifeboat named the ‘Louisa Polden’.” Paul Gray tells us: ”Regarding the “Fifi and Charles”, having researched my family tree , have my great-grandfather hired out a team of horses to launch the lifeboat mentioned, would appreciate any pictures if anyone has them.”

Thanks to Derick Pearson, Fred and Paul for the updates.

4 comments to Coming Home

  • Derick Pearson

    I have this photo and it was listed in my collection as Fifi and Charles returning to shore. If Fifi and Charles was the name of the lifeboat then you have the answer. It is Redcar pier in the background.

  • Derick Pearson

    Checked other photos in my collection and Fifi and Charles was the Lifeboat at Redcar from 1907 to 1931.

  • Fred Brunskill

    The ‘Fifi and Charles’ was the last of the rowing lifeboats, towards the end of her servive she was provided with the first of Redcar’s tractors to aid launching and recovery. A 35hp. Clayton tractor was delivered in readiness for the ‘Fife and Charles’s’ successor which was to be a heavier and motor driven lifeboat named the ‘Louisa Polden’

  • paul gray

    Regarding the “Fifi and Charles”, having researched my family tree , have my great-grandfather hired out a team of horses to launch the lifeboat mentioned, would appreciate any pictures if anyone has them.

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