IN PICTURES: Whitby's century-old lifeboat Robert and Ellen Robson pulled through streets

Whitby's former lifeboat, the 103-year-old Robert and Ellen Robson, made for a dramatic sight as it was pulled through the streets of the town on Sunday.

By Duncan Atkins
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 11:54 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 11:56 am

Restoration work has been taking place on the boat at Coates Marine, but RNLI crew and volunteers pulled it by hand, using the traditional method of ropes and chocks, back to its home at the Whitby RNLI Museum on Pier Road, where it will receive a final lick of paint.

You can see a video of the lifeboat pull here.

Museum curator Neil Williamson said: 'I would like to thank everyone who turned out to help transport the lifeboat back to her home at the lifeboat museum.

The Robert & Ellen Robson is pulled from Coates Marine to the RNLI Museum. picture: Ceri Oakes/RNLI

"It's not often you see a wooden boat being hauled through the streets of Whitby and the volunteers did a great job of ensuring she had a safe passage.

"Thanks to Sue Paling from the Black Horse and Ian Taylor from The Endeavour who provided bacon sandwiches and hot drinks to give an energy boost to our volunteers.

"The old lifeboat has been well looked after at Coates Marine so thank you also to the staff their for all their support."

The lifeboat museum is currently undergoing a major redevelopment thanks to a generous legacy.

The old lifeboat makes for quite a sight as it is pulled through Whitby. picture: Ceri Oakes/RNLI

It is hoped it will be reopen to the public by the summer.

The Robert and Ellen Robson at the start of its journey, from Coates Marine. picture: Ceri Oakes/RNLI
The Robert & Ellen Robson reaches its destination - Whitby RNLI Museum. picture: Ceri Oakes/RNLI