Tillie Morrison

Tillie Morrison

Friday, 26 June 2015

Fred & George

A series of videos about the restoration of the former Seaham Harbour lifeboat, George Elmy. The videos give an idea of the work we will need to do to Tillie, although initially the George Elmy was in a worse condition than Tillie is now pre-restoration. 
The George Elmy is an ex-RNLB Liverpool Class Lifeboat built in 1950 and stationed at Seaham Harbour from 1950 - 1962. She capsized while on service on 17th November 1962, with the loss of nine crew members.   

Finding the Old Llandudno Lifeboats

When Ships' Timbers was established in January 2013 with our Museum boundary defined within the County of Conwy, one of our first tasks was to identify the location of all the former Llandudno Lifeboats. We did this because as a contemporary Maritime Museum we decided to include the acquisition and restoration of boats of local, national and international importance within our articles of association. Our intention is to have a Museum Collection of model and seaworthy boats.

Tracking down the location of the old Llandudno Lifeboats was not an easy task , but with the help of the Historic Lifeboat Owners Association  http://www.hloa.org/ and Quinton Nelson of Nelson Boats Donaghadee  http://www.nelsonsboats.co.uk/ we now have a better idea of where some of them are.

RNLI Pulling and Sailing Lifeboats in Llandudno 1861 - 1933

Unfortunately none of the old pulling and sailing lifeboats are available. Indeed apart from Theodore Price, which was sadly broken up in Lancaster in 2000, their whereabouts are unknown! This means although we don't know where these boats are at the moment, with the strong possibility they have been broken up, it is possible that one might be lying abandoned somewhere, so there is always hope!

List as follows:

Sisters Memorial (1861 - 1867): whereabouts unknown
Sisters Memorial II (1867 - 1887): whereabouts unknown
Sunlight Number 01 (1887 - 1902): whereabouts unknown
Theodore Price (1902 - 1930): Broken up at Lancaster in 2000
Sarah Jane Turner (1930 - 1931): Renamed Puffin with a cabin added and used as a house boat until 2013, West Mercia. Current whereabouts unknown.
Matthew Simpson (1931-1933): whereabouts unknown

An early Llandudno pulling and sailing lifeboat on Llandudno north Shore

The Llandudno RNLI Motor Lifeboats 1933 - 1990

This list was much more promising for us, and after further investigation and with on-going help from Quinton Nelson, we were put in contact with Tillie's former owner in Hartlepool.

List as follows:

Thomas and Annie Wade Richards (1933 -1953) : Broken up in 2004.
Tillie Morrison Sheffield (1953-1959): Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum ownership, Lifeboat location Deganwy Quay Marina
Annie Ronald and Isabella Forrest (1959 - 1964) - Walton on the Naze, Suffolk; lying as open hull in 2013, but formerly used as a pirate vessel.
Lilly Wainwright (1964-1990) - Private ownership in Cork

Lilly Wainwright preparing to Launch, 1968

Further information:

Leach, N. and Denton, T. (2013) Lifeboat Directory: A Complete Guide to British Lifeboats, Ships in Focus Publications.

Facebook: Historic Lifeboat Appreciation Society: Online Forum about ex-RNLB Lifeboats

RNLI Pulling and Sailing Lifeboats in Llandudno 1861 - 1933  

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Welcome to the Ships' Timbers Tillie Morrison Sheffield Blog


Welcome to the Ships' Timbers - Tillie Morrison Sheffield Blog. We begin this Blog Journey about Tillie 12 months on from the time when we fist became aware that Tillie was about to be broken up in Hartlepool. She was rescued in her eleventh hour, then brought back to North Wales for safe keeping and restoration. As we follow Tillie's future journey we will learn more about her past as an ex-RNLI Lifeboat, her service record in Bridlington and Llandudno, traditional wooden RNLI lifeboat construction, and restoration, and the current work of the RNLI. Indeed as an unfolding journey there will be many RNLI lifeboat related stories along the way, and hopefully many new friendships too! 
We hope that you will enjoy following Tillie's Journey, and would love it if you were able to visit us, or even help out as we are likely to be very busy!
At the moment Tillie is at Deganwy Quay Marina, and is in a dilapidated state due to her demise in Hartlepool since abandonment in 2012. In fact, she looks nothing like a lifeboat! However, it is important to remember that despite how she looks, she is a former RNLI Lifeboat, and that she was involved in many services at sea attending to vessels in distress and saving lives with her very brave lifeboat Crew. On one such occasion while stationed in Bridlington, Tillie Morrison Sheffield capsized on service which resulted in the loss of one Crew member's life. We should always remember the bravery of all our RNLI Lifeboat Crews who go out in the worst of weather conditions to help those in peril on the sea.