LIFEBOAT DEMONSTRATION GRANTHAM
An appeal to the public of Grantham, on Saturday last, on behalf the funds of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, took the form of an imposing , demonstration, highly picturesque procession through the streets of Grantham, and, as a conclusion to the interesting programme, launch of the lifeboat at the Wharf.
The article continues to describe various marching bands and floats in the procession. The following extract concerns Skegness Lifeboat crew:
Most important of all was the lifeboat ” Huddersfield 7 “—decked with flags, and manned by the Skegness Coxswain and wearing their scarlet caps and cork jackets. It was drawn by six powerful horses, lent by Earl Brownlow.
Instead of oars, the sturdy seamen were each armed a long bamboo rod and net, for the purpose of collecting.
Two troopers the Lincolnshire Imperial Yeomanry formed the rearguard.
After the circuit of the town, the procession wended its way to the Old Wharf (kindly lent by the Great Northern Railway Company), where a small charge for admission was made to see the launch of the lifeboat.
Many hundreds lined the banks of the Canal, and watched with interest the lifeboat brought its carriage to the very edge the Wharf.
The crew took their places and sat with their oars reared aloft, ready for action.
As passengers the Mayor, Alderman Parker, the Rev. C. Dean Sabea, and Mr. J. R. Casburn, went aboard. A signal given, the boat was released from the carriage, and with almost a terrifying splash she entered the water, amid the loud cheers of the spectators.
The crew at once got work and took the passengers a short cruise the Canal.
Then the lifeboat was rowed back to the Wharf, and for a considerable time was engaged giving short trips at very moderate fee to hundreds people, who were anxious to enjoy the novel experience of riding in a real lifeboat.
The crew returned to Skegness by the 6.10 p.m. train.
Altogether, the street collection, admission to the Wharf, and the fares for the lifeboat trips, totalled £32 12s.— about £20 less than in 1899.To this has added 10s., the proceeds of the sale of Dean Sabela’s picture, and 7s. 6d collection St. Mary’s on Sunday last, a subscription of £2 2s. from the Mayor, the hotel boxes, and many private subscriptions which have not yet been received.
It is hoped that, after expenses are paid, it will possible send a cheque for to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The article continues in extending thanks to all who contributed to the fundraising event.
Source: Grantham Journal – Saturday 21 September 1907
It appears that the lifeboat, which was formerly in active service at Hasborough, Norfolk, was sent from a Store-yard in London:
Source: Grantham Journal – Saturday 14 September 1907
This extract from the previous week’s issue of the Grantham Journal tells us that the price of a trip on the lifeboat was 2d per person, half price for children:
Source: Grantham Journal – Saturday 07 September 1907