- 1934 - 2002 PATRICIA MARY
The St.Ives Lifeboat JAMES STEVENS No 10 was built in 1899 by the Thames Ironwork Company, Blackwall, London. The first journey for this new Lifeboat began on a steam train, she left London Paddington on 27th December 1899 and arrived at Hayle, Cornwall on 2nd January 1900. A large crane was used to lift the boat off the railway carriage and lower her into the water. On Wednesday 3rd of January the St.Ives Lifeboat crew sailed her from Hayle to her new home in St.Ives, there was a stiff breeze blowing and the crew reported that she sailed beautifully. A large crowd had gathered at St.Ives harbour to witness the arrival of the new Lifeboat, after being recovered onto her carriage the boat was then taken to the Lifeboat house.
JAMES STEVENS No 10 was a 37 ft sailing and rowing Lifeboat and she carried a crew of 15 and had 12 oars. She was on service at St.Ives from 1900 until 1933, during this time the Lifeboat saved 227 lives, 2 dogs and also saved many vessels from being wrecked. It was common for her to be launched during gales and often during ferocious hurricane force storms, on one occasion she was launched 5 times and saved 40 lives in one day. The JAMES STEVENS No10 is currently undergoing restoration and it is hoped she will be afloat in St.Ives harbour for summer 2020.
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