next Redcar Lifeboat was the 35ft Fifi and Charles.
The last "pulling" lifeboat to be stationed at Redcar,
she was launched 17 times and saved 41 lives. Usually launched
by a team of horses, on one particular day the horses were not
ready and instead dozens of bystanders were encouraged to take
the drag ropes and haul the lifeboat to the shore edge. While
doing this one woman, Margaret Crosby, slipped under
the launching carriage and was crushed to death.
new self-righting motor lifeboat arrived on March 14th, 1931.
She was christened Louisa Polden and was powered
by a single 35 h.p. petrol engine. On June 30th the rowing lifeboat,
Fifi and Charles, was auctioned on the sands and
brought to an end a gallant era.
129 years the rowing lifeboats at Redcar had been launched over
100 times and saved more than 740 lives.