THE ADVENTURES OF EX-LIFEBOAT “DENEYS REITZ”

HOW A RETIRED RESCUE BOAT TRANSFORMED THE LIVES OF HER MANY FRIENDS

“Deneys Reitz” is an old lifeboat with a strange name - at least to the average British person. The boat served as an all-weather RNLI rescue craft in Fowey, on the rocky Atlantic coast of south west England from 1954 to 1980, sometimes going to sea in atrocious weather to rescue distressed seamen. Then she went into retirement, and operated as a pilot boat, before being bought by Dave, an ex-merchant seaman, whose dream was to sail her round the world. Lack of money and the absolute refusal of his wife to contemplate such an adventure scuppered Dave's plans. So the boat languished on a mud berth at Canvey Island on the river Thames, in a boatyard that could be appropriately named “The Graveyard of Broken Dreams”. She was discovered by Charlotte and Don Young through “Exchange and Mart” magazine. They were actually looking for a rowing dinghy, but the ad “Lifeboat for sale, £10,000” (much more than she was then worth) touched a chord, for they were planning great adventures following retirement from full-time work.

So began a lengthy and eventful saga:

Enough! Read all about it for yourselves.....