advantage of motor lifeboats was clearly illustrated on February
25th, 1933, when the Louisa Polden was called
out for the first time.
midnight she was launched to search for the collier Sheaf Arrow,
which had asked for immediate assistance. A severe gale was
blowing from the ESE, it was snowing heavily, and a heavy sea
was running. The lifeboat crew spent six hours searching for
the collier, not knowing that the distress signal had been cancelled
and that she had put into the Tyne. It would have been impossible
to cover the same area in such conditions in a rowing lifeboat.
1951 the Louisa Polden was replaced by the City
of Leeds, a larger self-righter, powered by twin 20
h.p. diesel engines. The City of Leeds
served for 14 years at Redcar and saved 31 lives, being launched
on service 52 times. Probably the most notable launch was in
1952 to the Greek steamship Taxiarchis. The Taxiarchis struck
the Westscar rocks. Despite attempts ro refloat her, the Taxiarchis
was finally beached and dismantled for scrap.