For introductory information see Lifeboat House.
Burnham’s first lifeboat after the RNLI took over the service in 1866 was the ‘Cheltenham’, so named because it was provided from money raised in that town.
The Cheltenham (1866-1887).
Extract from lengthy report in Cheltenham Western Gazette 26th Oct 1866:
Additional information about the Cheltenham can be found here.
The John Godfrey Morris
This boat replaced the Cheltenham in 1887
Above: John Godfrey Morris & Crew on launch rails 1898
Above: Is this the Cheltenham or the John Godfrey Morris?
Landing the John Godfrey Morris.
Additional information about the John Godfrey Morris can be found here.
The Philip Beach (1902 – 30)
Launching the Philip Beach
The Hopwood on launcher (substituted for Philip Beach during overhaul 1926-7)
Log of the Philip Beach below shows use of Hopwood as substitute.
Boat launcher, note mooring piles on jetty still in place, so pre-1909.
Lifeboat Cox Hunt (with pipe). Date unknown. See headstone below.
Hopwood on the tide.
Article from Burnham Gazette in 1914:
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has kindly provided us with scans of pension records for the Burnham Station showing the paid crew members during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Log of the Philip Beach below shows closure of service in 1930. Remarks column shows distribution of certifications to crew.
Memorials to two of Burnham’s lifeboatmen in the Westfield Rd Cemetery.
The inscription above reads: In Memoriam, Richard Cox of Burnham. For 20 years valued and trusted as coxwain of the National Lifeboat. Respected in life lamented in death. Died January 29th 1890 aged 44 years. The waters roar and be troubled but God is our refuge and strength. This stone is erected by subscriptions from friends and neighbours. Also of Julia Emma, wife of the above, who died April 5th 1907 aged 59 years.
The photo below is from the Glyn Luxon archive but has no information attached. It has some very clear images of lifeboatmen but we do not know the date or which lifeboat this is.
If anyone recognises a forebear in this photograph, or has any information about family members who were in the early lifeboat services, please let us know via comments below.
Hayley Whiting at the RNLI museum has now sent us the following information :
John Godfrey Morris was a 34ft 1.3/4″ self righting boat, with 10 round oars, and 2 masts. Hopwood also had sails and 2 masts but 12 oars. The photo looks to me like there are 6 oars in view on the right so I’d say this was Hopwood.