Title ID 4130Collection ID154
ThemeWorking Life
KeywordsAccidents Boats Harbours
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
CameraJames Ritchie
DirectorPaul Dickson
ProducerFilms of Fact Ltd
Commissioning bodyRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
EditorRobert Kruger
SoundWestern Electric (Recorded on)
Format35mm Black & White Sound
Duration5 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A short film featuring the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) headquarters and the lifeboat station at Shoreham-by-Sea.


A crowd gathers on the shore to watch the lifeboat arrive after a successful rescue; the survivors are landed and a policeman moves the crowd on. Lifeboat “Rosa Woodd and Phyllis Lunn” is winched up for checks to be carried out and any damage is logged. At RNLI headquarters the superintendent receives the request for replacements from Shoreham then demonstrates how replacement parts are located in the stores and distributed within an hour. The stores contain items such as lamps, diving suits, anchors, propellors and rum. A rudder for the Shoreham boat is located. In the chain store a man saws a chain to the required length. In the machine shop fittings are made for the boat engines. In another store ropes and crew’s clothing are stored. Items are packed into a wooden crate ready for dispatch. Back in Shoreham harbour the lifeboat is launched.


A still from 'Shipshape' (1947)

Contextual information

During her long service RNLB Rosa Woodd and Phyllis Lunn took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, crewed by Royal Navy personnel. It should be noted that the lifeboat involved in the resuce at the beginning of the film is RNLB Ann Letitia Russell stationed at Fleetwood, Lancashire, not Shoreham-by-Sea.

The naming ceremony of the lifeboat which replaced RNLB Rosa Woodd and Phyllis Lunn in 1963 is the subject of Let Her Go (1963). The Shorham-by-Sea lifeboats also appear in A River Runs Through Our Town (1961) and Shoreham Peeps (1962). Selsey Lifeboat (1968) shows a lifeboat launch and rescue.

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Related resources


RNLI Headquarters

The RNLI Headquarters at Poole in Dorset house a library and archive relating to the institute.


Royal National Lifeboat Institution HQ

The official archive and collections website of the RNLI.

Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station

A website which includes news, pictures and a short history of the lifeboat station.