Helen Blake, Poolbeg
In August 1954, Helen Blake launched into rough seas following reports of cries for help. Two yachtsmen were found clinging to the ladder of the North Bull lighthouse and, with some difficulty, both men were rescued.
Helen Blake was stationed at Poolbeg, Dublin, for her entire operational life, launching 13 times and saving 5 lives.
As the power of lifeboats increased and their operating range widened, the neighbouring RNLI stations at Howth and Dun Laoghaire were able to cover the Liffey Estuary – and Poolbeg Lifeboat Station closed in 1959.
Helen Blake went on to a new life as a cabin cruiser named Sea Call. She now resides in the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Photographed 14 April 1939