This page is dedicated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and to the hard working dedicated volunteers who offer their services to this worthy cause. Follow this link for the official site of Hartlepool Lifeboat Station.

The Atlantic 85 inshore craft “Solihull” (B-881) and the boarding boat BB724 on a training exercise.

The Trent class lifeboat "RNLB Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) sailing down the channel in Hartlepool to her station on a mid-May afternoon 2020.

The Trent class lifeboat (14-06) “RNLB Windsor Runner” (Civil Service No.42) in Hartlepool Marina during early December 2019. She was stationed in Blyth from 1995 to 2004 and became part of the reserve fleet until 2008 when she served, for a short while, at Dunbar (Torness), returning to the reserve fleet as she is now.

The Severn class relief lifeboat "RNLB The Duke of Kent" (17-45) in Hartlepool Marina during early October, 2019. She came into service in 2005. MMSI 235013842.

The Atlantic 85-class lifeboat "Enid Foster MBE" (B-901) on exercise near Hartlepool Fish Quay. She came into service in 2017 and is part of the relief fleet.

The Tamar class "RNLB Helen Comrie" (16-05) from Longhope, Orkney, in Scotland berthed in Hartlepool Marina.

"RNLB Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) with guests onboard taking a run from its Hartlepool station to the marina in mid-July, 2018.

The relief lifeboat "RNLB Forward Birmingham" (14-12) and the "RNLB Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) both on a Sunday morning exercise in the channel close to the fish quay.

Hartlepool's Atlantic 85 inshore craft "Solihull" (B-881) on an exercise in the channel close to the lifeboat station on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

The Shannon class relief lifeboat "RNLB Reg" (13-07) at Hartlepool lifeboat station during late November, 2016. She came into service in 2015.

The Shannon Class lifeboat "RNLB Elizabeth and Leonard" (13-16) berthed in Hartlepool Marina during mid-November 2016. She was transported by road and lifted into the dock here. She is now stationed at Amble and replaced the Mersey class vessel "The Four Boys" (RNLI 12-19) which had been there since 1999.

The Mersey class lifeboat "RNLB The Four Boys" (12-19) berthed in Hartlepool Marina during early January, 2017. She had been in service at Amble, in Northumberland until mid-November 2016.

Hartlepool's Trent Class Royal National Lifeboat "Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) returning to port following a Sunday morning exercise in the Tees Bay. It looks like she has a few visitors on her bridge.

The RNLI Mersey class lifeboat "RNLB Keep Fit Association" (12-13) berthed in Hartlepool Marina in June 2016. She is stationed at Filey and has been there since 1991.

The Trent class relief lifeboat "RNLB MacQuarie" (14-21) sailing down the channel to the Hartlepool station following Sunday morning crew training during mid July, 2015.

Hartlepool's Trent Class Royal National Lifeboat the "Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) in Hartlepool Harbour with a picturesque view of the ancient Town Wall in the background.

I called this photograph "Dances with Waves" and shows the Trent Class Royal National Lifeboats the "Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) and the relief vessel (14-21) "MacQuarie" in the Tees Bay.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat B-766 "BBC Radio Cleveland" - this Atlantic 75 was placed at the Hartlepool station in 2000 and was paid for by the listeners of BBC Radio Cleveland. The vessel remained at the lifeboat station until March 21st, 2015 when she was replaced by a new £214,000 Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat called "Solihull".

Changeover day when the Atlantic 75 B-766 "BBC Radio Cleveland" was taken out of service and replaced by the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat B-881 "Solihull" and captured here by Malcolm Cook as they raced each other around the channel.

The Trent Class lifeboat the "RNLB Forward Birmingham" (14-12) in Hartlepool Marina in November, 2013. She was stationed at Exmouth between 1996–2008 and is now part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution relief fleet.

An RAF Sea King Rescue helicopter makes a grand appearance at an RNLI Open Day in Hartlepool during July 2010. St. Hilda's Church and the ancient Town Wall make a very scenic backdrop. How nice, too, that Hartlepool Royal Air Force Association have used this photograph on their website home page.

The five photographs immediately above were part of a Hartlepool RNLI Open Day in 2010. They show a rescue exercise in the Tees Bay and Hartlepool with Hartlepool's own Trent Class lifeboat the "RNLB Betty Huntbatch" (14-37) and a RAF Sea King Rescue helicopter. The "RNLB BBC Radio Cleveland" can just be seen on the left of the image directly above.

Hartlepool's lifeboat the "RNLB Betty Huntbatch" was lifted ashore, during the summer of 2013, in Hartlepool Marina for maintenance.

The Hartlepool lifeboat from 1939-68 "RNLB The Princess Royal". She was a Watson class vessel and one of the very latest in design - incorporating a water-tight engine compartment. In 1941 HRH the Princess Royal visited Hartlepool and named the lifeboat on July 21st of that year.

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