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“Excellent”

Poole Old Lifeboat Museum
Ranked #14 of 67 things to do in Poole
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Well worth visiting, is located on Poole Quay down the other end than the lifting bridge. There are plenty of places to park near to it.

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Reviewed 27 May 2013

An old lifeboat here and the list of missions (or whatever they call them) detailing lives saved and craft coming to help, makes you appreciate just how valuable a service this is. There is a little shop and although free to enter a donation is always welcome. I defy you to look at the exhibition and not leave something!

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Reviewed 19 May 2013

it was small but very interesting and staff helpful,came away with a few gifts would definately recommend this

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Reviewed 10 May 2013

I believe this attraction has only re-opened permanently fairly recently, so was very pleased to finally be able to visit - it is the old Lifeboat House in Poole, (which is now where the headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are, incidentally) which houses one of the old Poole Lifeboats - a very rare 32 Foot Surf Class Lifeboat 'Thomas Kirk Wright' built in 1938. This small Lifeboat has a very interesting history, it served at Poole from 1938 to 1962, and was not powered by traditional propellers, but has a sort of internal paddle wheel on each side, and powered by two engines. In 1940, it was one of the RNLI Lifeboats that was used in the Dunkirk evacuation, being able to get close in to the shore to rescue men, making many trips to rescue British and French soldiers.

You can get superb views of the Lifeboat from around the museum, which as well as the Lifeboat, launching equipment and other items such as old Kapok lifejackets, has very informative displays on the history of Poole Lifeboat, and a walkway along one side of the Lifeboat so you can get a better view of the equipment on the deck. There is also a nice little shop at the end of the museum too, which is very well stocked

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