Happy birthday to ‘longest serving’ lifeboat

Pete Thomson MBE who was the mechanic of the Mary Ann Hepworth from 1967-1974, Barry Snedden current owner, and Mike Russel Coxwain of the current Whitby lifeboat celebrating the old lifeboat's 75th birthday''w131413
Pete Thomson MBE who was the mechanic of the Mary Ann Hepworth from 1967-1974, Barry Snedden current owner, and Mike Russel Coxwain of the current Whitby lifeboat celebrating the old lifeboat's 75th birthday''w131413
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One of the longest serving lifeboats in RNLI history celebrates its 75th birthday today (12 April).

The Mary Ann Hepworth, which served until 1974, went on service in Whitby in April 1938 costing £6,576. It was provided by Mr.W.Hepworth of Hull and christened by the Marchioness of Normanby.

After 36 years, 372 launches and saving 201 lives she was replaced by the “ The White Rose of Yorkshire “.

In 1988, Barry Snedden (pictured with former mechanic Pete Thomson and current coxswain Mike Russell) who was a crewman on the lifeboat, bought her and brought her back to Whitby. See next week’s Gazette for more.