Canvey Lifeguards New Boat

Launched by Brigadier G Shenstone

Don’t know if Ron can give us a date for this event.

The life guards helped to raise the funds by holding dances and other money making efforts. The boat was 16ft long and specially designed, at the stern were rubber rollers for pulling in bathers and ropes on the hull for rescuers to stand in as they pulled a rescued person aboard.

Brigadier G Shenstone deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex was on hand to name and launch the boat ‘Island Gift’. Also invited along was George Pickett Chairman of the Council and Mr L Lock-Dingley, Deputy Clerk of the Council.

The two newspaper clippings below gives more details of the launch and of the first time the boat was used in a rescue.

‘Island Gift’ the new Lifeguards boat with George Pickett, chairman of the council and Mr L Lock-Dingley in the back and Brigadier Shenstone in the front with the driver

Blessing the boat Rev Fleetwood

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  • Of major interest and a mystery whose arm is stopping those dignitarys of Canvey and Essex from drifting out into the estuary and the shipping channel thus danger. I know him exceedingly well inside and outwell. Charles Carey is on the right. And I am certain it is Ray Austin as it is said, at the wheel ((he carried my son all the way along Southend Pier and back on one of our trips there).  Not certain of the date 1959 would not be too far away. There must be some one to correct me on these dates please let us know in comments. all of my pictures are between 1956 and 1966.


    By Ron Reynolds (18/04/2015)

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