Inventory of Documents from the
Craster Station of H.M. Coastguard
These documents were stored in the office of the Coastguard garage attached to the northern wall of the Coastguard Cottages in Craster. This station is about to merge with Boulmer and it is planned to open new premises for a joint station on a site near Craster Tower. This was seen as a good opportunity to secure the material for the local community. The documents were handed over to the Local History Group in the spring of 2011 in anticipation of the closure of the Craster premises, with a view to them being passed to the County Archive at Woodhorn.
1. Inventory of rocket rescue equipment from Craster 1926 to 1934. Sample Page 1926
2. ‘Register of Correspondence’ from Cresswell 1923 to 1937.
3. ‘Telephone and Signal Log’ from Craster 1964 to 1967.
4. Records of Rocket Life Saving Apparatus and Stores Account’ Cresswell 1920 to 1936.
5. Loose inserts to above; ‘Coast Guard Station Inspection Report’, Cresswell, 1922. ‘Orders Minutes and Memoranda’ 1923/24.
6. Loose pages ‘List of Enrolled Volunteers, Craster 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1924. These are pages taken from the Craster Station’s copy of No. 4 above. The bound document is not part of this collection. Sample Page 1920
7. ‘Permanent Station Record’, Craster, from 1963 to 1971. Sample Page - Incident Report 1964.
8. Loose pages inside No. 7 above, 60 in total. Mainly certificates pertaining to named individuals enrolment and resignation from the service. Sample Page - Coastguard Volunteers 1971.
9. Auxiliary Coast Guard Paybook, Craster, 1942.
10. Chart, Hartlepool to St Abb’s Head’, in two pieces and incomplete, 1934?
11. Letter to Mr Browell, June 1957, addressed to ‘Caller Nose Look-out’, relating to identification of whales, porpoises and dolphins.
12. Copy of ‘Brown’s Signalling’, 1931, in poor condition, with no hard covers.
13. Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, ‘Distress and Rescue at Sea – Ships and Aircraft, 1958, booklet with soft covers, pierced by loop of string.
16. Department of Trade, ‘Standard Marine Navigational Vocabulary, 1974, bound pages.
17. Loose pages of General Orders 1896?
The image in the Archive menu was taken from this photographs from Ella Gregory's family album. The seated figure is her grand-father, who came to Craster in 1906 as the chief coastguard. The coastguard cottages at the top of Whin Hill are in the background