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.