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Lifeboat shed at Beachport, South Australia
Title : Lifeboat shed at Beachport, South Australia Lifeboat shed at Beachport, South Australia
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Source : PRG 280/1/12/146 Searcy Collection
Date of creation : 1915
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The lifeboat shed and jetty at Beachport, South Australia. The lifeboat shed was almost as important as the lifeboat. It was required to protect the boat from the worst of the elements, but had to be capable of allowing for a speedy launch in the event of a rescue callout. The lifeboat needed to be fully equipped at all times and with this additional weight a conventional boathouse on the shore was unsuitable.

Some experimenting was done, but the best result was to have the boat hung in a cradle at the end of the town jetty. The shed built over this was of course open at the bottom for swift launching and the shed could be accessed from the jetty.

The lifeboat cradle and shed at Beachport jetty were demolished in 1953.
Coverage year : 1915
Period : 1914-1918
Place : Beachport
Region : South East
Further reading :

Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986

Berger, John M. Beachport and the Rivoli Bay district of the south east of South Australia Hyde Park, S.A.: Peacock Publications, 1978

Moran, Vivienne Southern Ocean shipwreck trail: lost off the coast Adelaide: Heritage South Australia, 2000

Collins, Neville C. The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005

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