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.
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.
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.