South Shields Lifeboat

The Lifeboat, located at the start of the Pier Parade in South Shields the world’s second oldest lifeboat in existence. It shows a beautiful example of the North East’s history with the sea.

The local landmark was built in 1833 and has been recently restored. The installation of the lighting has been attracting budding photographers ever since.

In 1884 it was given to South Shields Corporation by the Trustees of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.

It was placed on public display in the decorative canopy as a permanent reminder of the skill and bravery of the men of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.

South Shields Life Boat

What helps make the scene so picturesque is the addition of the recently restored clock

This forms part of the Jubilee clock tower and the Wouldhave Memorial to honour local men William Wouldhave and Henry Greathead, both lifeboat developers.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said:

I am delighted to see the Wouldhave clock fully restored and now looking its best after its many years of service to the people of South Tyneside.

It took a team of thirty volunteers from the North East Maritime Trust to painstakingly renovate the tired lifeboat memorial. It’s safe to say it was worth it as it is now a beautiful addition to the coast line walk opposite the local lake.

The lifeboat has had a difficult time over the years getting bombed heavily during World War 2.

For further information about this project please call South Tyneside Council Regeneration Team on 0191 424 6654.

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