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RNLI – A Short History of the RNLI on the River Thames

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We would be delighted if you can join us for our February Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday February 8th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded in 1824 and saves lives at sea and on the River Thames. The lecture will include how the Thames Stations came to be, how the service is funded, crewed and alerted when they are needed, the types of incidents the lifeboat gets called to and will include some video footage that has been recorded during rescues.

Our guest speaker is Kevin Maynard, Station Manager, RNLI Tower Station
Kevin has been involved with boats from an early age as his father owned a passenger boat business running out of Westminster Pier. Before he joined RNLI, Kevin was working on the Thames as a waterman and occasional lighterman, joining RNLI on the Thames as a mechanic in 2002 when the Tower Lifeboat Station was opened, then as a helmsman in 2005, and as Station Manager in 2015. In all he has been launched on just over 1300 service calls on the Thames between Barking and Battersea.

Kevin is a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.

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