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Where we were?
The Station was located at the very mouth of the River Tees on the South Gare Breakwater about 3 miles North of Redcar. The boathouse and slipway were original and showed the wisdom and knowledge of the planners in siting the Station at this particular spot. It withstood all weathers and seas for nearly 100 years without any structural damage, and it is quite amazing some days when a raging storm batters the East coast how the small area in the mouth of the Tees, protected by the South Gare and a man made spit of rocks called Cape Stones remains relatively calm. The former Tyne class boat has only failed to be rehoused because of bad weather once since it came to Teesmouth in 1986 and that fact alone demonstrates the wisdom of the early RNLI officials in choosing the site. Despite the remote possibility of a failure to rehouse the continued availability of the lifeboat and crew was guaranteed due to the deep-water berth upstream from the boathouse.
The former Teesmouth Lifeboat Station was founded in 1911 as a response by the R.N.L.I. to the large number of shipwrecks and associated loss of life in the Tees Bay and North Gare areas. A station needed to be established that was not restricted in either launching or recovery and by siting a station at the entrance to the Tees this criteria was fulfilled. The first lifeboat to be placed at Teesmouth was the 'Bradford' No 2. Although lifeboats had been stationed at the mouth of the River Tees since 1829 when the RNLI was founded. Initially the boat was moored afloat until a boathouse and slipway were built in 1914 at a cost of £4000, replacement of the structure which remained until September 2010 cost £10,500 in 1921. The boathouse was reclad in 1990, and the new Crew Facility constructed in 2003
The River Tees with its wide entrance and deep channel is a safe haven when the weather deteriorates in the North Sea. Lifeboats on service have been grateful for the comparable safety of the Tees, when conditions have precluded them from returning home. Sunderland, Hartlepool, Redcar, and Whitby lifeboats have all benefited from the safe haven and enjoyed respite from the worst of the weather