East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre

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Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham, United Kingdom
East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre - East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, Seaham
East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre - East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, Seaham
East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre - East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, Seaham
East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre - East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, Seaham

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Home of R.N.L.I George Elmy Mar 18, 2017
The sea is an essential part of life in Seaham and so the local lifeboat is a common sight. The RNLI George Elmy, the lifeboat of the 1950s and early 1960s, was linked to a tragic story. In the morning of November 17th 1962 it went out to rescue the crew of a missing fishing vessel. The men of the George Elmy managed to find the fishermen but on their way back, just a short distance away from the harbour, they lost the fight against the waves. None of the lifeguards and only one of the fishermen survived. The George Elmy was found washed ashore on the next morning and although it was rebuilt, it did not see active service in Seaham again. Instead, it ended up as a lifeboat in Poole. In 2013, when it was up for sale, the residents of Seaham bouhgt it and placed it into this new museum.

The exhibition contains the George Elmy itself, but also many contains many artefacts related to all lifeboat activities in Seaham. The lifeboat disaster from 1962 has an important part in the exhibition.

Entrance is generally free, but a donation of one GBP per visitor is suggested. The place is similar to the RNLI Lifeguard Boat Museum in Whitby. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday only, although visits on other days for groups are possible with prior appointments arranged. Check their websites for details on opening times. Half an hour for a visit is more than fine, although you might spend more if this is really your big topic.
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