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?

Coming 2020 Season

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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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PROGRESS UPDATE 17.09.2020 - final bit of sanding, double checking and masking up on starboard side, ready for the paint. Fingers crossed for some consecutive dry days so I can get all 5 coats on 😬 one after another 🀞🀞🀞 ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking great and so look forward to seeing it back at sea

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PROGRESS REPORT 16.09.2020 - off duty so its time to finish the epoxy sheathing repairs on portside bilge keel. I’m really pleased to finish this job off (because my neck can’t take any more punishment 😩) had just enough epoxy resin to finish the job off too πŸ‘Œ ... See MoreSee Less

Second coat of gloss has how been applied on portside πŸ‘. I’m pretty pleased with the result and it’s probably the best finish achievable whilst painting outdoors (wind, dust, rain and flies 😩) It’s also hard to keep a wet edge because the marine paint drys very quickly, at the end of the day she’s a working boat and not a superyacht ☝️Back in the day she would have just been brush painted in the boathouse by the lifeboat crew. ... See MoreSee Less

Second coat of gloss has how been applied on portside πŸ‘. I’m pretty pleased with the result and it’s probably the best finish achievable whilst painting outdoors (wind, dust, rain and flies 😩) It’s also hard to keep a wet edge because the marine paint drys very quickly, at the end of the day she’s a working boat and not a superyacht ☝️Back in the day she would have just been brush painted in the boathouse by the lifeboat crew.

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It’s the closest colour we could get to her original 1899 to 1922 colour. In 1922 she went away for refit and came back to St.Ives painted in the Navy blue colour, also with the RNLI flag logo on the bow and stern.

What a fantastic job.I do admire your skill and dedication. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see her finished.

Love the colour and what a great job you are doing.xxπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Looking great, can't wait to see her on the water.

Excellent job πŸ‘πŸΌ

Fantastic job. Great progress

Fantastic paint work

Wow, what a difference. Looking so good.

Great job Rob πŸ‘

Looking good πŸ‘

Looks really good

Looking good.

Great job

Looking good x

Doing a great job. Shes looking good. Wish i could see her for myself.

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Looking beautiful now , well done

Looking very good πŸ‘

Its really coming to life now.

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PROGRESS REPORT 01.09.2020 - finally all the prep done on portside and a dry day with light winds. I kinda like the battleship grey colour ! What do you guys think 🀣 Also managed to get two coats on in one day πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ can’t wait to get the gloss topcoats on. Hold on a minute πŸ€” only just realised the starboard side still needs to be done 😲😩 ... See MoreSee Less

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I used to work on this boat when it was in st ives doing seal island boat trips. Lovely boat to handle

What a difference, excellent work, all the early work paying off now. From Clydebuilt Association

Looks like a dunkerk little ship

What a difference.

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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