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The Maritime Web Awards


SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

The Maritime Web Site Award is completely free and exists to promote the maritime world on the internet. Anyone can apply to have their non-commercial maritime websites considered, by clicking HERE. The following SPECIAL awards have been granted to lifeboat stations and other similar applicants to whom we all owe so much and whose websites cannot be assessed in the usual way, because we would otherwise be compelled to grant our highest award out of gratitude for the courageous work they do, usually on a voluntary basis without seeking reward. The SPECIAL award is made where we are honoured to have been asked for a Maritime Web Award and the award is granted with our thanks and appreciation to the organisations concerned - (but are usually fantastic websites anyway !)

For legal reasons, we have to state that while we found all the sites listed to be worthy of an award at the time of assessment, we cannot take any responsibilty for the contents of any sites linked to.

CONGRATULATIONS TO :-

THE SECOND HMS MANCHESTER ASSOCIATION
Called thus to differentiate itself from the HMS Manchester Association (that had served valiantly in World War 2), the Second HMS Manchester Association is about the Type 42 destroyer, containing a wealth of information about the ship, her service and those who served on her. The association is open to all who served on the vessel and to their families. Set up by Ian Tidbury and Stevie Swaine in 2001, and ably assisted by Ian's wife, Alyson (Webmistress), this is a wonderful piece of web networking for former mariners who served on this fine ship and we are only too pleased to grant our Special Award and to widen the publicity for this Second HMS Manchester Association.

BANNA RESCUE C.R.B.I. UNIT
The Banna Strand in lovely County Kerry is a truly huge long beach. But only a few meters off the beautiful sands are strong currents and tides. The Banna Rescue CRBI unit are all local volunteers who can get calls on their pagers from the Valentia or Shannon Coast guards at any time, day or night. Operating D-Class boats, the station protects both people and (occasionally) stranded seals !
A great website created by Sean only 6 months ago, but already full of information that not only gives a history of the station, but provides latest updates on "shouts" , a video page and even has a children's section, which is a great way to get the local younger generation involved.

DUNGENESS LIFEBOAT WEBSITE
She might be the smaller relation to the nearby Dover Lifeboat, but those involved with the Dungeness Lifeboat Station are right to be pround of their boat, their Coxswain, crew and army of helpers. This site that Keith Johnson has created has lots of fascinating avenues to explore including some great video links to some of their recent "shouts" (...Better you than me, guys ! - I prefer to have at least 70,000 tons of good Japanese or Korean steel beneath me in THOSE types of weather conditions). Nice also to see the tribute paid by Dungeness to their neighbouring station at Dover during a recent "shout", when both boats were needed.

DOVER LIFEBOAT WEBSITE
The Dover Strait between England and France is the busiest waterway in the world and a vital bottleneck for world trade. The Dover Lifeboat station is there (voluntarily) to bring help to those who get into trouble whilst sailing these busy waters. This website tells the history of the station, details of the current boat and her crew. A thoroughly fascinating website with news of current and future events at the station (including the Lady's Guild !). On average, the lifeboat is called out 38 times per year, in all weathers, at all times of day and night with volunteer crew members willing to risk their lives to help save others.

IRISH LIFEBOATS
Dedicated to the brave crews of the RNLI & CRBI, Norman has created this lovely tribute website about the lifeboat stations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have to negotiate some of the roughest seas around the British Isles. A regularly updated list of stations, boats and events on the Emerald Isle along with great photos of the boats currently on station and ready for the next "shout".

WHITBY LIFEBOAT STATION
Designed by Colin Brittain and now recently with it's own new domain, this is a fine tribute website to work of the Whitby Lifeboat Station, with articles about the history and original stations, along with facts and information about the current boat and crew, featuring news events and records of the recent lifeboat actions. The website includes information for seafarers on how to contact the Whitby station (although I doubt they would come to this Awards site to find THAT information out !). A great tribute to a great lifeboat station.

CROMER LIFEBOATS WEBSITE
OK, this has got to be one of the finest RNLI Lifeboat websites on the internet (..or is it...?). The Lifeboat station at Cromer, in Norfolk has a long and courageous history and now has a superb website that is constantly being updated with news and events, along with videos and boat records. Although RNLI websites are always going to find favour with us, this one really does stand out and fully deserves the Gold Award on its own merits. Congrats to Adam Lincoln and all the team. ...Just waiting to see if the Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team can outdo you....

GT.YARMOUTH & GORLESTON LIFEBOAT
The valour and commitment of the RNLI crews around the U.K. needs no explanation, but this wonderful website, managed by Nigel Williamson, gives a tremendous amount of information about (and history of) the Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Lifeboat, which since 1802 has been situated on the east coast of England and having to deal with vessels in distress out in some of the most treacherous and dangerous yet busy waters in Europe, the North Sea. Wonderful photographs and a very absorbing "read" throughout. In 2005 alone, there were nearly 60 occasions when the Gt. Yarmouth & Gorleston lifeboat was called into action, rescuing 59 people in all. The RNLI are the world's most professional volunteer (unpaid) rescuers. (Biased comment ?? - you betchya it is !)

DUNBAR LIFEBOAT WEBSITE
Dunbar Lifeboat station in south east Scotland has to care for those who venture into the offshore waters of South East Scotland (east of Edinburgh) and therefore is kept rather busy in some of the more treacherous waters around British coastline. John Watts maintains this superb and very visual site about the Dunbar Lifeboat Station with videos and fact sheets to expand on the information provided about the station.

SCARBOROUGH LIFEBOAT WEBSITE
John Porter is not only a crew member of the Scarborough R.N.L.I. lifeboat but also their webmaster (No end to his talents !) A website full of information and history of the Scarborough lightboats and the men who have valiantly manned them. Deserve every award going, and even on the day of getting this Award, he was out rescuing a jet skier, in trouble off the coast. The website is a labour of love, with great shots of the lifeboat launch and details of their best kept secret - how to find the lifeboat shop !




If you have a maritime website or know of one worthy of the Maritime Web Award, then CLICK HERE to apply, with an e-mail headed "Award Application".

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