New Harbour Dues design commemorates Poole’s first motorised lifeboat.

New Harbour Dues design commemorates Poole’s first motorised lifeboat.

New design launched for our 2020 Harbour Dues decals to commemorates Poole’s first motorised lifeboat.

Last year we broke away from the traditional, but slightly bland design of our Harbour Dues decals and launched a range of new vibrant, colourful designs to celebrate our beautiful Harbour.

This year’s Harbour Dues decals have been specifically designed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Poole Lifeboat Station’s first motorised lifeboat ‘Thomas Kirk Wright’ participating in the ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ Flotilla.

As part of the D-Day rescue she made a total of 3 trips to rescue members of the British Expeditionary Forces from the beaches. The tenacious Thomas Kirk Wright was bombed, machine-gunned and damaged, but by virtue of her shallow draught and propulsion system she managed to rescue numerous troops. The Thomas Kirk Wright is now housed in the Poole Old Lifeboat Museum, formally the Old Lifeboat Station.

Harbour Dues need to be displayed port side, and are payable by all vessels who enter the Harbour. These charges fund the conservancy of Poole Harbour and go towards:

• Surveying, dredging to keep the channels clear and marked with navigational aids (all buoys, marker beacons, lights, stakes, notice boards etc).

• Traffic management to keep the Harbour safe (Harbour Control, radar, CCTV and Automatic Identification System).

• Responding to and handling emergencies, patrolling and enforcing byelaws.

Harbour Dues and other permits are available to buy online at:


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