SJ1888 : Old lifeboat house on Hilbre and rock

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from West Kirby, Wirral, Great Britain

Old lifeboat house on Hilbre and rock
Old lifeboat house on Hilbre and rock
The old lifeboat station on Hilbre was built in 1839 and remained in service until 1939 when it was abandoned. It was built here with a long slipway that enabled the lifeboat to be launched even at low tides, however, it became redundant with the advent of tractor-pulled boats that can be towed out across the vast Hoylake sands. The Hilbre boat was manned by the men from the Hoylake lifeboat station. The building still houses an automatic tide gauge and a bird hide. On the right there is a substantial rock 'table', which has been strengthened and stabilised with cut sandstone blocks. The iron ring set in the top suggests that it was considered an important anchor point for a mooring rope?
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 11 July, 2009
Lifeboat station   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 1837 8821 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.0641N 3:13.7243W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 1838 8820
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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