In early 1999 I was setting up my family
history site "Clive's
Family History Bookshelf" and at
the same time I decided to make a page using the photos I
had of the Ramsgate (England) Waveney class lifeboat 44-016
the "Ralph and Joy Swann". I had taken the photos to help me
build a model of the 40-016, which I had chosen as a project
at the Medway College of Design, where I was studying
Industrial Modelmaking. I guess that my interest in the
lifeboat service must stem from my father who was Deputy
Launching Officer at Ramsgate for over 21 years.
- Before long my page had turned into a
site and my family history site had to be shelved. The
next job was to find a title and "44-016 Ex Ramsgate
Lifeboat" is what I decided on.
- At this stage the site also included information
on other Ramsgate lifeboats but after discussion with the Hon. Sec.
at the Ramsgate branch of the RNLI, I was given permission to use
this information as a basis for a "Ramsgate
Lifeboat" web site.
- The next step was to add the other 21
Waveney's in the RNLI fleet and to show what happened to
them after they left the RNLI service.
It was at this stage that I began to
receive a lot of interest from the U.S.A. where the boat
had originated from. So naturally a U.S. Coast Guard page
was added as well as pages for other organisations, which
operated this type of lifeboat such as the Canadian Coast
- As the site now had information on
every boat of this type, I decided in March 2002 to
rename the site "44ft Motor Lifeboats".
- It is quite often a surprise to
people who write to me to find that I live in Norway. I
was brought up in a place called Broadstairs, which
borders on to Ramsgate. After my work had taken me to
various places in England, I moved to Norway in 1986. It
is perhaps no less of a surprise to me that the
geographical area in which I live doesn't cause me any
problems with my work on the site.
- I take great pleasure in building
this site and many people have written with praises and
thanks but this should be shared with everyone who has so
willingly given me their kind help.