The Old and the New at Baltimore Lifeboat Station

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Published on: June 20, 2008

The recent visit of the tall ship Picton Castle to Baltimore has brought to light a strange coincidence. Our Mechanic Cathal Cottrell made the connection between this square rigged vessel from Newfoundland and a service provided by Baltimore Lifeboat in 1954 to a Welsh fishing vessel. The records of service displayed on the walls of the Lifeboat Station include an account of a ‘shout’ to the Picton Castle of Swansea on November 30th 1954. The vessels are one and the same. This sailing ship started life as a steam-driven fishing trawler before being converted to a sailing vessel. The current Captain of the Picton Castle, Dan Moreland visited Baltimore Lifeboat Station and met with members of the crew. A return visit was made to the sailing vessel as she lay at anchor in Baltimore Harbour. The Picton Castle made Baltimore her first port of call after crossing the Atlantic. After several circumnavigations of the Globe it is indeed a strange twist of fate that brought the vessel back to these waters.


Baltimore’s new inshore lifeboat the Atlantic 75 Bessie saw active service for the first time on the morning of Saturday June 7th.  While launched on exercise with the Hilda Jarrett, the inshore boat encountered a yacht with engine trouble in Barlogue Creek at the entrance to Lough Hyne. The owner requested a tow to Baltimore and Helm Youen Jacob after consultation with Lifeboat Operation’s Manager Tom Bushe towed the visiting yacht six miles back to Baltimore and the safety of the pontoon moorings. Kieran Collins and Paul O Driscoll were crewing the boat with Youen.


For those who would like to visit both the new inshore lifeboat, Bessie, and the long-serving Hilda Jarrett, we will hold our annual open day on Sunday June 29th between 2pm and 6pm at Baltimore Pier. The all weather lifeboat will launch from the boathouse at 2pm sharp and proceed to the North Pier where she will be on view to the public. The inshore lifeboat will also be on view at the pier compound and adjacent to this, Michael Walsh, Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer, will be operating an information stand. At 4pm approx, there will be an exercise with both lifeboats and if weather permits the Coast Guard Helicopter.  All are welcome.


Baltimore Lifeboat Open Day June 29th 2pm – 6pm at the Pier

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