Southend Lifeboat


A curtain of spray roaring in protest as the 26 ton RNLI lifeboat Greater London crashes through as it is launched from the end of Southend Pier, at the head of the Thames Estuary. The 46ft 9in Watson Class lifeboat has an eight man crew from Southend. All the crew have other jobs. Most are piermen and fishermen, one is a car salesman but all of them must be ready to answer a distress call whenever it comes.  16 January 1966