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Not all rescue attempts were so successful. On Christmas Day, 1836, a crewman was washed from the Zetland and drowned during a vain attempt to save the crew of the Danish brig, Caroline. The man, William Guy, was a Tees pilot, and it is said that he left a service in chapel to take his place in the lifeboat.

During 1858 the Tees Bay Lifeboat Society decided to hand over the administration of their boats to the RNLI.On February 17th, 1864, the Zetland sustained damage whilst rescuing the crew of seven from the brig Brothers. The RNLI considered the old boat no longer fit for service and supplied a new self-righting lifeboat named Crossley. Arrangements were made to have the Zetland broken up and a local carpenter was employed to carry out the task. An angry crowd prevented the work commencing and, after negotiation, the boat was given to the townsfolk.

The Zetland Lifeboat remains fully preserved and open for public visits in the Zetland Lifeboat Museum, on the Esplanade, Redcar, just a few hundred yards from the Redcar Lifeboat Station.

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Photo courtesy of Simon Welburn, ancestor of Cox'n Robert Sheildon