'MARY JOICEY' (1966-1981) ( ON 984 )
The ninth Lifeboat and last offshore Lifeboat for Newbiggin was funded from a legacy of the late
Mrs. Mary Joicey who lived in Kensington at the time of her death but had earlier lived in Sunninghill, Berkshire. It would be named after a Newcastle donor who left £20,000 towards its cost.
This particular Lifeboat was an ‘Oakley’ class measuring 37 foot long by 11foot 6 inches wide, weighing 12ton 5cwt and built by Messrs. Herd & Mackenzie of Buckie. She was powered by two 52hp Porbeagle diesel engines which gave a top speed of 8.17 knots and carried enough fuel to travel 130 miles. With a crew of seven she was able to take on board in rough conditions up to 40 survivors.
The Lifeboat was built at Buckie, Fife, Scotland and sailed down the coast calling in overnight at Aberdeen and Berwick. Engine modifications delayed the Lifeboat’s arrival at Newbiggin by two months and put back the christening ceremony to 1967.
Later modifications/additions to the Lifeboat included an echo sounder, radar, improved crew shelter and latterly, before seeing retirement, a collapsible wheelhouse.
New Lifeboat Named
On June 10th, 1967, Viscountess Ridley of Blagdon named the ninth Lifeboat to be Stationed at Newbiggin, 'MARY JOICEY' being donated by Trustees of Mrs. Mary Joicey, Sunningdale, and Berks. Branch Chairman, Campbell Storey, presided over the ceremony and Honorary Secretary, Anthony Manley, accepted the Lifeboat on behalf of the Branch. The occasion was watched by 3000 people on the sea front which took place some ten months after she first arrived at Newbiggin. This is the last link in a chain of self-righting Lifeboats from Berwick to Seaham.
Mary Joicey returns
The Mary Joicey lifeboat took up residence in her new home at Newbiggin Maritime Centre during March 2011 and is on display each day. She had made a triumphant return to Newbiggin during May 2005 and thanks to Ferguson Transport who gave free storage for the next six years while repairs and restoration took place.