Zetland Lifeboat Museum

and Redcar Heritage Centre

By zetland-lifeboat, Oct 18 2016 06:42PM

“Cruel Sea” (The ballad of William Guy) is a song that has been written by one of our volunteers Stan Whalley. It tells the story of the tragic events that occurred on Christmas Day 1836 when the Zetland Lifeboat went to the aid of the stricken sailing brig “Caroline” which was bound from the Tyne with a cargo of coal. The ship was off Redcar in the grip of an ENE gale and was fast drifting to leeward and the treacherous rocks, she initially floundered on Saltscar rocks and was then swept further towards the shore across West Scar. During the Zetland’s attempts to save the Caroline’s crew William Guy, who was acting as bowman was swept overboard and drowned, all of the Caroline’s crew also perished.

Stan is a local singer songwriter and recorded the song at Big in Heaven Studios, Ian Sidgwick produced the song and accompanied him on piano and keyboards, the beautiful singing voice of Linzi Hunter creates some incredibly haunting harmonies in the chorus and instrumental breaks.

The CD becomes available from 1st November 2016 to mark the 180th anniversary of William’s death, if you or any of your friends are interested in the history of Redcar and of course the Zetland Lifeboat this CD is a must. Only £3.00 from the Zetland Museum or from Stan’s website at www.stanscountry.co.uk (postage extra)

During the closed season copies will be available from the museum on Monday and Friday mornings.

By zetland-lifeboat, Mar 28 2014 09:37AM

We would like to thank Redcar & Cleveland Council for the bones, cabinet and lighting. Ed from Signart for the back board. Ron Hill Home & Garden Barn for the gravel and last but not least, Mayor Vic Jeffries for the unveiling.

By zetland-lifeboat, Jan 7 2014 07:56PM

Many thanks to Community Development Foundation/ Coatham Ward Community First

Since 1907 the Zetland lifeboat has been resident in the old Dawson Boathouse along the prom. One of the worries of the management committee was the fact that she has been static without any means of getting her out in the event of an emergency. She is Redcar’s most important asset, not only is she the Oldest Lifeboat in the World but she is so historically important to be included in the National Fleet sharing her listing with The Mary Rose. The Cutty Sark, HMS Victory etc., and obviously irreplaceable.

We needed to fit wheels to the carriage but of a type that would blend in with the old framework yet be heavy enough to take a three or four ton weight. . With the help of ‘Kastle Engineering’ from Marske we managed to source some very heavy duty ‘Castors’ that have proved ideal for the job.

Richard from ‘Kastle’ was able to reinforce the old carriage and supply and fit the wheels to our specification. Once the metalwork has been painted they will blend in with the construction of the carriage yet allow us to pull the boat out should we need to. Two towing bars are also included should we require to have the boat towed by tractor.

Our thanks are to all involved in getting this very important adaptation.

By zetland-lifeboat, Oct 1 2013 07:24PM

Many thanks to all who took the time to pop in and make this our best year for visitors, we had over 10,000. Although we are now closed until May, we can still accommodate visits by appointment.

If anyone would like a talk on the boat and museum, please get in touch. We can be contacted on zetland.museum@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks again.

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Limited Edition Prints


There are still some of the 1854 Jane Erskine rescue prints left.

Unframed £75.

Phil can supply the prints in two different size frames. Please conact him on 07804372022 or email p.boville@ntlworld.com

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