James Stevens No 10 boat trips in St. Ives bay

Serene, Historic boat trips around St.Ives Bay. Aboard the former St.Ives Lifeboat
This Historic Sailing and Rowing lifeboat was built in 1899.

James Stevens No.10

James Stevens No10 was the St.Ives lifeboat from 1900 to 1933. She was built in 1899 by the Thames Ironworks Company Limited in Blackwall, London. During her 33 years service as the St.Ives lifeboat she saved 227 lives, 2 dogs and saved many vessels from becoming wrecked.
The lifeboat JAMES STEVENS No10 was named after a Birmingham businessman who left the RNLI a legacy of Β£50,000 ( 6.5 million pounds in today’s money ) in 1894. His generous donation built 20 RNLI lifeboats and each boat was named after him.
WHO WAS JAMES STEVENS?

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PROGRESS REPORT 25.09.2020 - The painting is finally finished and luckily I managed to complete the task before the weather changed. πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ - It’s now time to remove all the masking tape to see how she looks - very pleased with the results 😍 hopefully she will soon be on an even keel again and proudly showing her name badge once again. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š ... See MoreSee Less

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Great job

It must be a great feeling taking off the tape πŸ’™

Well done Rob. Almost job done πŸ˜œπŸ‘

What a fantastic job you have done

Great work keep going x

Well done Robin,what a fantastic job you’ve done πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Brilliant Robin xxxx

Looking good πŸ‘

Amazing Rob πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

Awesome work.😍

Looking great.

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Another Cornish Lifeboat back home and being restored πŸ‘ show them some support guys πŸ’ͺ good luck with your project ... See MoreSee Less

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Just passed it on the M4.....first thought was another project for you en routeπŸ˜‚

Hope they’re gonna leave that wheelhouse on πŸ˜†

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After countless ferocious storms and heroic Lifeboat rescues, it became obvious that the St.Ives Lifeboat station required a larger and more powerful Lifeboat.

In June 1898 a new larger 37ft 6" / 12 oared self righting lifeboat was ordered and built by the Thames Ironworks Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, Blackwall.

On the 19th December 1899 she had her harbour trial which proved satisfactory. She was to be named the JAMES STEVENS No10 at the request of Mr James Stevens who had left the RNLI a legacy of Β£50,000 ( 6.5 million pounds in today's money ) This donation built 20 RNLI lifeboats and each boat was named after him.

The first journey of the lifeboat JAMES STEVENS No10 began on a steam train, she left London Paddington on 27th December 1899 and arrived at Hayle, Cornwall on 2nd January 1900. A large crane was used to lift the lifeboat off the railway carriage and lower her into the water.

On Wednesday 3rd of January the St.Ives lifeboat crew sailed her from Hayle to her new home in St.Ives, there was a stiff breeze blowing and the crew reported that she sailed beautifully. A large crowd had gathered at St.Ives harbour to witness the arrival of the new lifeboat and after being recovered onto her carriage the boat was pulled to the lifeboat station.

The JAMES STEVENS No10 was on service as the St.Ives Lifeboat from 1900 to 1933, during this time this Lifeboat and her crews performed many heroic rescues. On one occasion she was launched 10 times and saved 40 lives in just one day πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š
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After countless ferocious storms and heroic Lifeboat rescues, it became obvious that the St.Ives Lifeboat station required a larger and more powerful Lifeboat. 

In June 1898 a new larger 37ft 6 / 12 oared self righting lifeboat was ordered and built by the Thames Ironworks Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, Blackwall. 

On the 19th December 1899 she had her harbour trial which proved satisfactory. She was to be named the JAMES STEVENS No10 at the request of Mr James Stevens who had left the RNLI a legacy of Β£50,000 ( 6.5 million pounds in todays money ) This donation built 20 RNLI lifeboats and each boat was named after him.

The first journey of the lifeboat JAMES STEVENS No10 began on a steam train, she left London Paddington on 27th December 1899 and arrived at Hayle, Cornwall on 2nd January 1900. A large crane was used to lift the lifeboat off the railway carriage and lower her into the water.

On Wednesday 3rd of January the St.Ives lifeboat crew sailed her from Hayle to her new home in St.Ives, there was a stiff breeze blowing and the crew reported that she sailed beautifully. A large crowd had gathered at St.Ives harbour to witness the arrival of the new lifeboat and after being recovered onto her carriage the boat was pulled to the lifeboat station.

The JAMES STEVENS No10 was on service as the St.Ives Lifeboat from 1900 to 1933, during this time this Lifeboat and her crews performed many heroic rescues. On one occasion she was launched 10 times and saved 40 lives in just one day πŸ’ͺπŸ‘Š

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Wondering if it was this lifeboat that rescued my great grandfather

Are you planning to put the sailing rig back on her?

I wonder if any of the other 19 are still around. What a generous bequest.

What about the T shirts ???

Barry 'moley' Richards

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PROGRESS UPDATE 19.09.2020 - 1st coat of primer, 2nd coat of undercoat done ! A light sand down between coats and first coat of gloss applied on starboard side. These marine paints dry in seconds and are difficult to use in a windy outdoor environment 😐 hopefully it will stay dry today so I can get another coat of gloss on 🀞 ... See MoreSee Less

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i am in awe of your commentment and she is looking amazing , i wouldnt know where to start on something half the size of this , little curious question , you paint with a brush do you find that better than spraying ? please understand this is in no way a criticism just wondered i do hope one day to come a visit and if possible meet you , amazing

This project has truly taken all of your free time Robin. Well done to you for doing it and Thank you.xxπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Its coming on in leaps and bounds now.

Looking great!

Looking beautiful

Lookin good

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PROJECT OBJECTIVES
The future plan for JAMES STEVENS No 10 is to restore, refit & re-engine this historic St.Ives Lifeboat, then get her licensed to carry passengers.
She will offer educational trips around St.Ives Bay and any profit raised will go back into other local community projects ie hospital equipment, school equipment, NCI, Surf Lifesaving Clubs, playground equipment etc etc – in fact any worthy projects that need funding.
Hopefully we will also be able to offer free educational trips for local schools.
With this plan the future of the JAMES STEVENS No 10 will be secure.
She will also continue to tell her story about the shipwrecks and rescues performed by this historic lifeboat and her crews.
She will also continue her tradition of helping people.
During her 33 years service as the St.Ives Lifeboat she saved 227 lives, 2 dogs and helped many others. We would like to keep this tradition going.

Phone: 0777 300 8000
St Ives Boats (Dolly P) Outside the Lifeboat Station Wharf Road St Ives TR26 1LF