Susan Ashley 1904-1937



The final Brooke Lifeboat was the Susan Ashley. She was 35ft by 8ft 6in. A self-righter she was built by Thames Ironworks and cost £844. The photograph on the right is the service of dedication for the Susan Ashley on Brook Green.

To launch the Susan Ashley (1904 - 1937) thirteen crew members, ten heavy horses and up to thirty helpers were needed. Six horses were needed to launch the boat and ten to recover it when it was heavy with sea water. The crew of thirteen included five oars on each side, a coxswain, a second coxswain and bowman.