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 History

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Welcome to the History page which will give you an overview of the history of HM Coastguard Ventnor. As there is a lot of different pictures to show, we thought it would be better to create a gallery with a brief description, rather than writing a lot of text. These photographs have been supplied team members, both past and present.

Please click on any of our photos to view them in a larger size.

An old team photo of the team taken outside of the old station

Above is an old team photo taken outside of our old station in Kent Road, Ventnor. Some of the team are still present but some have left. Please click on to the 'Team' page to see who is currently in Ventnor Coastguard.

Back (from left to right) - Lyle Ginger, Derek Tosdevin, Martin Rayner, Ian Dashwood, Mick Gallop

Front (from left to right) - Kevin Thorogood, Mark Bridgeman, Dave Butler, Steve Cart, John Elvers

The Augusta in February 1900 This is the Augusta in February 1900.

 

An Auxiliary Coastguard in their uniform during the war

This is a photograph of an Auxiliary Coastguard in their uniform during the war. We are no longer called Auxiliary Coastguard's but Coastguard Rescue Officer's (CRO's).

 

This is the old Blackgang team in 1968

This is the old Blackgang team in 1968.

 

Ventnor Coastguard on Ventnor Beach with a washed up Dolphin

This is a picture of 3 team members with a Dolphin on Ventnor Beach. On the left is John Elvers who has left the Coastguard. Centre is Mick Gallop who is a member of the team and on the right is Dave Butler who is the team's Station Officer.

 

A cow rescue

This is the team rescuing a cow that had fallen down the cliff.

 

Another cow rescue in 1984

This is one of the old rescue Helicopters being used to rescue another cow that had got itself stuck in 1984.

 

Ventnor Coastguard doing a display at St. Catherine's Lighthouse

This is the team doing a display at St. Catherine's Lighthouse.

 

The Egger in March 1881

This is the Egger in March 1881.

 

The end of the Breaches Boy at Flowersbrook, Ventnor

This is the end of the Breaches Boy being used at Flowersbrook, Ventnor.

 

LSA Equipment at Blackgang in 1947

LSA Equipment at Blackgang in 1947.

 

The 'Luigi Accame' ashore at Rocken End on the 6th April 1937

This is the Italian Steamer, 'Luigi Accame' ashore at Rocken End on the 6th April 1937.

 

The 'Luigi Accame' ashore at Rocken End in 1937

This is another angle of the Italian Steamer, 'Luigi Accame' ashore at Rocken End on the 6th April 1937.

 

Front cover of a Coastguard Newsletter featuring the Sandown Rescue team

This is the front cover from a Coastguard Newsletter with the Sandown Rescue team present in 1952.

 

The 'Sea Lassie' on the rocks in 1975

This is the 'Sea Lassie' on the rocks in 1975.

 

A Barge that has broken from it's mooring during the removal of Ventnor Pier

This photograph was taken during the removal of Ventnor Pier when one of the barge's broke from it's mooring. The team were called to this incident.

 

The old look out at Woody Bay in 1960

This is the old look out based at Woody Bay in 1960.

 

Below is a selection of old photos taken which form the history to the Coastguard team, including using the Breaches Boy.

 

And finally........................................

The old Coastguard with the new modern Coastguard!

 

An Auxiliary Coastguard in 1940A Coastguard sending a well earned text on his mobile phone after a shout!

 


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