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Goodbye Hilda Jarrett!

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Published on: March 16, 2012

Next Sunday at 3pm the Hilda Jarrett will be slip launched from the Baltimore Lifeboat station for the last time. Hilda Jarrett served our community well and she is much loved by those who crewed on her and by those who were given assistance in difficult circumstances.

She will be put on her moorings in the harbour until Tuesday when she will commence passage to Conwy in Wales, where she will be prepared to enter the RNLI relief fleet.

In future the new Tamar class all weather lifeboat Alan Massey will be kept on a berth next to the station house and once refurbishments are complete the inshore lifeboat Bessie will be housed within the station for slip launch. As there are two significant construction projects underway adjacent to the station, it is advised to avoid Bullpoint and view the launch from Church Strand.

Alan Massey commissioned into service

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Published on: March 10, 2012

At 16:00 on Friday 9th March, at a low key event in Bushes Bar, Baltimore, the new Tamar lifeboat Alan Massey was commissioned into service.  The commissioning of the new lifeboat follows an intense period of training since the Alan Massey arrived in Baltimore on February 15th. Training support from RNLI personnel was invaluable and thanks to Helena, Martin, Michael and Owen for their support.

Coastguard services were notified of this new rescue resource. The next time the bleepers go off, the lifeboat crew will be assembling to board the Alan Massey, which is currently lying at moorings pending the development of a berth for her adjacent to the station house. In the meantime the Hilda Jarrett will remain in the station house for a short time longer. She is destined for the lifeboat relief fleet based in Poole. It is anticipated that she will make her final slip launch on Sunday 18th March. Confirmation of a date and time will be posted here closer to the time subject to weather & tides etc.

Overnight training passage to Valentia

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Published on: March 7, 2012

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In preparation for the significant demand for rescue work at night there will be a training passage overnight to Valentia on the new Tamar this week. Departing Thursday midday & returning Friday morning.

Crew training on new lifeboat continues

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Published on: February 28, 2012

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A day passage is planned for Thursday 1st March on Alan Massey Departing Baltimore at 0900 hrs for Courtmacsherry and then on to Castletownbere before returning to Baltimore at 1900 hrs. It is expected that the Alan Massey will go on station soon after.

Coffee Morning

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Published on: February 19, 2012

We had a very successful coffee morning with a book and accessories sale in Bushes Bar last friday morning. Over a thousand euro was raised! Huge thanks to Tom, Aiden and Marian Bushe for sponsoring the coffees. Thank you to Kate Callanan for delicious cookies and all the help. Thanks [...]

Welcome Home Alan Massey

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Published on: February 15, 2012

Cathal lights a flare to celebrate the arrival of the Tamar

15 February 2012

Baltimore RNLI’s new Tamar class lifeboat Alan Massey arrived home today to a huge welcome.  After crew training and commissioning, the Alan Massey will replace the Tyne class Hilda Jarrett which has served Baltimore lifeboat crews since 1988.  The new lifeboat left RNLI Headquarters in Poole last Saturday calling at a number of lifeboat stations along the way before undertaking the final leg of the journey this morning from Crosshaven to Baltimore Harbour.

Onboard the lifeboat were Baltimore RNLI crewmembers, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Jerry Smith, Ronnie Carthy and Pat Collins along with RNLI Training Divisional Inspector Owen Medland and Deputy Divisional Engineer Michael Carmody. The Hilda Jarret and the inshore lifeboat Bessie rendezvoused South of the Baltimore Beacon to accompany the new lifeboat on her triumphant arrival. Local ferry operators brought passengers out to escort the new lifeboat home. They were accompanied by a fleet of over 150 Optimist and Laser dinghy junior sailors, RIBS and motorboats, cheering and sounding horns.  Local school children from Rathmore NS lined the pier and sang to welcome the new boat as

The new lifeboat, which is named Alan Massey (ON 1302) was largely funded through a legacy from Mrs Dorothy May Massey from Watford in England, and has been named in memory of her late brother Alan, who it is understood had a love of the sea.

It is a proud day for Baltimore. RNLI Coxswain Kieran Cotter said, “We have been looking forward to this moment for a long time and we wish to acknowledge our volunteer lifeboat crew both past and present. The arrival of a new lifeboat to a station is an occasion of great pride and excitement. The Hilda Jarrett has served us well for over twenty years but as a Coxswain you look forward to receiving the newest lifeboat model with all the latest developments and technology onboard. We will spend the next month or so training all the volunteer lifeboat crew on her before we say goodbye to our Tyne class lifeboat, which will be returned to the relief fleet in Poole. We have so many memories onboard that old lifeboat, one of the highlights being the Rambler 100 rescue last August. However along with the successful rescues there have also been tragedies and most recently we witnessed this with the search for the missing crewmen from the Tit Bonhomme in Glandore Harbour. Our thoughts are with their families today.”

The new Tamar class lifeboat is 16.3 metres in length with a maximum speed of 25 knots compared to the 14.3 metres of Baltimore RNLI’s current Tyne class lifeboat which has a maximum speed of 18 knots. The lifeboat is self-righting in the event of a capsize and is fitted with an integrated electronics systems and information management system, which allows the lifeboat crew to monitor, operate and control many of the boats systems from shock mitigating seats.

Sitting outside in the square afterwards good humored supporters exchanged stories and enjoyed a fabulous evening blessed by sunshine and clear skies. This bright and unseasonally clement February day couldn’t have been better for a homecoming and augers well for the future of Alan Massey at Baltimore lifeboat station.

 

Action photos of Alan Massey arrival at Baltimore

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Published on: February 15, 2012

Photos of crowds gathered for arrival of Alan Massey

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Published on: February 15, 2012

Inside Alan Massey

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Published on: February 14, 2012

The wheelhouse view from the navigators seat shows the crew on a training exercise as part of their Pre-Comissioning Training (PCT), RNLI Coxswain/Trainer Peter Gale is in the red oilskins. The helm and coxswain seats and consoles aboard Alan Massey look more like an aircraft cockpit.

Alan Massey in Kilmore Quay

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Published on: February 14, 2012

Jamie Ryan D.L.A. Rosslare Harbour took a trip to Kilmore Quay yesterday evening and watched RNLB Alan Massey come in behind RNLB Killarney.
Thanks for your good wishes and the photo!

If you spot the Alan Massey en route to Baltimore you can send photos via the contacts page.

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