William Riley
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Lifeboat Integrated Computer System

Lifeboat Movements

The RNLI keeps comprehensive records on each of its lifeboats, this is nothing unique but something that has stood the test of time. The William Riley is no different in this aspect and the following is the definitive account of the former lifeboats movements, recreated online here for the first time.

LIFEBOAT: O.N. 594 WILLIAM RILEY OF LEAMINGTON & BIRMINGHAM
LOCATION: 770 UPGANG
DATE FROM: 21 / 07 / 1909 TO 30 / 11 / 1919
SITUATION: Station Lifeboat
COMMENTS: A 34ft Thames type self righting lifeboat with 8ft beam, 3ft 6” amidships, 6ft stern, 3ft 4” thwarts, 8” gunwale, 6 relieving tubes, 5ft wooden / iron keel, 16ft bilge keels, 2 water ballast tanks, solid wood wale 5 x 3, overall weight 2 tons 6cwts, no mast and sails, and 10 coble oars. Built 1909 by the Thames Ironworks, No. TL37, at a cost of #722. 9. 1d, provided by a legacy from William Riley of Leamington.
Taken into service 11 / 6 / 1909 and placed on trials out of the storeyard from 18 / 06 / 1909 until placed on service at Upgang 21 / 07 / 1909.
While at Upgang as station lifeboat she carried out 2 launches but no lives were recorded.
Upgang station closed 13 / 11 / 1919 and O.N. 594 was sent to Whitby No. II

LOCATION: 798 WHITBY No. 2
DATE FROM: 13 / 11 / 1919 TO 27 / 05 / 1931
SITUATION: Station Lifeboat
COMMENTS: Transferred from Upgang after closure of station.
1919: Partial survey.
1920: Complete survey – leaks stopped, quarter crutch starboard side renewed.
1921: End boxes repaired.
1922: Partial overhaul.
1923: Partial overhaul & boat painted.
1924: Partial overhaul, damaged rudder repaired, boat painted by coxswain.
1925: Special examination following repairs, boat cleaned & painted.
1926: Complete overhaul – boat painted.
1928: Partial overhaul boat painted.
1930: (April) Painted inside and out – paint in bad condition.
1930: (June) Damaged planking on deck renovated. November 1931 O.N. 594 was replaced at Whitby by O.N. 580.
While at Whitby No. 2 O.N. 594 carried out a further 31 launches and saved 10 lives.

LOCATION: 724 STORYARD, LIMEHOUSE
DATE FROM: 27 / 05 / 1931 TO 30 / 11 / 1931
SITUATION: 1st Reserve
COMMENTS: Transferred from Upgang after closure of station.
LOCATION: 1098 NON OPERATIONAL
DATE FROM: 30 / 11 / 1931
SITUATION: SOLD
COMMENTS: Sold in November 1931 for #35. To B. Greenstreet, of 4 Miller Road, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E. 17

In total O.N. 594 carried out 33 launches and saved 10 lives;

Station
Launches
Lives
Upgang
2
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Whitby No. 2
31
10
Reserve
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13th July
33
10