Cyril & Lilian Bishop Key Facts
Cyril & Lilian Bishop was the 4th RNLI lifeboat at Hastings,
Built 1930/31 at Cowes and
was paid for by Lilian Bishop, and named after her and her first husband.
The Hastings lifeboat from 29 April 1931 until 19 March 1950.
Saved at least 34 lives from 1931-50.
Took part in the Dunkirk evacuation 26 May - 4 June 1940 and
possibly saved hundreds more lives.
Helped seven fishing boats in the ‘Derby Day Gale’ on 1 June 1938.
Seven sailors were rescued from RN trawler Caulonia off Jury’s Gap, on 31 March 1943; awards given to crew.
Safely survived a complete capsize during a rescue attempt in a
strong gale on 17 November 1944.
Will ‘Ickle’ Curtis 1931-38 and 1940-43.
George Moon 1939 - 1940.
John ‘Ned’ Muggridge February - April 1943.
Edward ‘Ned Wintry’ Adams April 1943 - 1950.
Sold in 1950 by RNLI and became fishing boat on west coast of Scotland.
In 1993 sold to Simon Evans in France.
In July 2016 brought back to Hastings by DeeDay White and John ‘Tush’ Hamilton.
BBC 1, 18:30 Friday 1st July 2016 report on South East Today.
Hastings Observer 29/6/16
TV Centre France
"Yonne Republicaine" Local paper (in French)
Funding is now required,
If you’d like to help us, cheques can be made payable to ‘The Macbean & Bishop Trust” and sent to the treasurer at:
4, All Saints Crescent,
Hastings TN35 5PD
or paid in at any Santander Bank or through internet banking to
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