Woodbridge: Day two of lifeboat centenary voyage - find out where you can meet the crew

A team from the RNLI Woodbridge and District branch rowed three of local rivers, the Stour, Orwell a

A team from the RNLI Woodbridge and District branch rowed three of local rivers, the Stour, Orwell and Deben in the William Riley, a 105-year-old lifeboat. - Credit: Su Anderson

A crew of rowers today embark on the second leg of a charity voyage to mark a First World War maritime rescue effort.

A team from the RNLI Woodbridge and District branch rowed three of local rivers, the Stour, Orwell a

A team from the RNLI Woodbridge and District branch rowed three of local rivers, the Stour, Orwell and Deben in the William Riley, a 105-year-old lifeboat. - Credit: Su Anderson

Members and friends of the RNLI Woodbridge branch yesterday began travelling the rivers Stour, Orwell and Deben on board the William Riley lifeboat, which came to the aid of wounded soldiers when the SS Rohilla hospital ship sank in a storm off Whitby in 1914.

The restored lifeboat, which rescued 145 of 229 people, has been used to raise funds for the charity since 2008.

In June, the Woodbridge branch marked 125 years since publication of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat by rowing along the Thames, raising more than £2,400.

Yesterday, the crew docked at Harwich, Felixstowe and Shotley. Today they are due to be at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone, from 10am-11.15am and Haven Marina from 12.15pm-4pm.


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Tomorrow they stop at the Felixstowe Ferry jetty from 1015am-11.15am, the Ramsholt Arms from noon-1pm, the Maybush at Waldringfield from 1.45pm-2.30pm and Maritime Woodbridge festival from 3pm.

Follow progress on Twitter an Facebook, or donate at justgiving.com/RNLI3rivers.

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