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Alderney Lifeboat Station

Alderney Lifeboat Station

Situated on the third largest of the Channel Islands, Alderney Lifeboat Station was the first station to receive an all weather Trent class lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 19 awards for gallantry.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
08/03/2014 12:12
01/12/2013 15:36
13/11/2013 17:26
03/11/2013 20:41
04/10/2013 16:52
01/09/2013 10:48
12/08/2013 18:28
25/06/2013 15:33
07/06/2013 12:35
07/06/2013 07:48

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Station address

Alderney Lifeboat Station 
Braye Harbour
Alderney
Channel Islands 

Station telephone

01481 823456

Station opening times

9am-4pm daily

Accessibility

Parking, disabled parking

Visitor contact

David McAlister

Visitor contact telephone

01481 823456 

Shop opening times

All our shops are run by volunteers who take great pride in keeping them open whenever possible, if you are planning a special trip to visit this shop it may be best to call ahead to check the opening times.

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Team of RBS cyclists who rode from John O'Groats to Lands End for the RNLI

    RBS Cycle team

  • Cyclists taking part in the John O'Groats to Lands End cycle ride for RNLI and St Johns Ambulance

    RBS International cycle ride John O'Groats to Lands End

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Ray Gaudion on the left is presented with his award by Staurt Trought, former RNLI crew volunteer and States President.

    Ray Gaudion on left being presented with award

  • Help for Heroes rowers rescued by Alderney RNLI. Left Nick Townsend and Jason Rice with their Ocean Rowing Boat

    Help for Heroes rowers rescued by Alderney RNLI

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Alderney RNLI station crew member in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    Alderney RNLI station crew member in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

  • South west RNLI crew members in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    South west RNLI crew members in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

  • Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

    Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course-4

  • Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

    Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course-3

  • Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

    Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course-1

  • Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

    Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course-2

  • Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

    Alderney RNLI Lifeboat crew undergo crucial three day Casualty Care Training Course

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Alderney RNLI lifeboat station bids a fond farewell to second coxswain Steve Wright

    Alderney RNLI lifeboat station bids a fond farewell to second coxswain Steve Wright

  • Alderney RNLI lifeboat crew launched to stranded cargo ship

    The cargo vessel

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Roy Barker I

Lifeboat class: Trent

Funded by: Legacy of Frederick Roy Barker

Read more about the Trent

 

This station was first established in 1869 and closed in 1884 when there was difficulty in obtaining crew as so many fishermen had left the island.  The lifeboat Mary and Victoria never launched on service and was transferred to St Helier when this station was established in 1884.

The Alderney station was re-established in 1985 after one of the newest design of lifeboat, a 33ft Brede class, sent to station in January 1984 for 12 months evaluation period.

1869
Station established.  Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £235.

1876
The stone quarry in which the lifeboat house stood was being reworked and a new one was being opened not far from the front of the boathouse.  The working of the latter, it was feared, would considerably damage the roof of the boathouse.  Great inconvenience was caused in launching the boat on account of the rails that were laid down on the way from the boathouse to the slip on the breakwater where the boat was launched.  The Assistant Inspector reported that he thought a better site for the boathouse could be obtained near the Arsenal on the other side of the harbour.

1877
Difficulty in getting the contract for moving the boathouse owing to scarcity of labour.

1884
With the difficulty in obtaining a crew, as so many fishermen had left the island, the lifeboat station was closed and the lifeboat was transferred to St. Helier.

1984
A 33ft Brede class lifeboat Foresters Future sent to station in January and placed on service on 10 March for a 12 month operational evaluation period.

1985
The Duchess of Kent officially opened the station on 10 May.  She presented the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum to Mr John Kay-Mouat, President of the States of Alderney, for the life-saving work carried out by private boats in Alderney during the 100 years in which there was no lifeboat on the island.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Stephen Shaw in recognition of his seamanship, leadership and dedication when the lifeboat rescued the crew of nine and saved the yacht Sea Keveral in a strong south westerly wind with poor visibility and heavy seas on 5 May.

1986
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Stephen Shaw and the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Assistant Mechanic Michael O’Gorman in recognition of their actions when the lifeboat rescued the crew of four and saved the yacht Sea Victor who’s engine had developed major difficulties, and was taking in water in a southerly gale and rough seas on 4 May 1986.

A Bronze Medal Second-Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain Stephen Shaw, Bronze Medal awarded to Second Coxswain Martin Harwood, and The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Mechanic Nigel Rose, Assistant Mechanic Michael O’Gorman and crew member James McDonald in recognition of their actions when the lifeboat rescued six people and saved the yacht Seylla II which was in difficulty due to a broken rudder in a southerly Force 10 Storm on 25 August 1986.

Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain Stephen Shaw and Second Coxswain Martin Harwood in recognition of their actions when the lifeboat rescued the sole occupant and saved the yacht Gypsy Rover in very heavy breaking seas and a westerly storm force 10 on 26 August.

1987
New assembly building providing boat storage area and improved crew facilities.

1992
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Philip Murray and a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to each of the two crew members, Francois Jean and Wayne Chandler, for attempting to save a girl, even thought the inshore lifeboat was severely damaged, after two girls and a man was swept into the sea at the Fort Clonque causeway on 9 August 2002.  The inshore lifeboat saved the man.  Crew member Mark Gaudion and Station Honorary Secretary David McAllister rescued the girl by crossing the causeway to reach her despite the strong pull of the tide.  They were tied to a line held by policemen and others.  They were both accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

1994
Waveney class all-weather lifeboat withdrawn on 7 March and replaced by the Trent class lifeboat Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma.  This is the first of the Trent class to be placed on service at a station.

1995
The lifeboat Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma was withdrawn and replaced by the Trent class Roy Barker I on 21 July.

1997
D class lifeboat D410 sent to station and placed on all year round service.

Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Stephen Shaw and Second Coxswain Martin Harwood in recognition of their actions when the lifeboat rescued the crew of five and saved the yachts Parthia in a severe gale and heavy seas on 27 June.

2002
Her Majesty The Queen has honoured Mr Stephen Shaw, lately Coxswain, with a MBE in her Birthday Honours.

2007
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Declan Goudion, Deputy Second Coxswain Steven Wright and Crew Member Dean Geran for their actions when the crew of two, and a dog, were saved from the converted fishing vessel Abundance on 4 July 2007.  In a service carried out in heavy seas and gale force winds at night, the two lifeboat crewmen were put aboard a dangerously unseaworthy vessel in an initial attempt to save her.  When this was aborted, during several attempts to place the lifeboat alongside, the fishing vessels rotten gunwales collapsed under the pressure of the lifeboats fenders.

2008
The Trustees of the RNLI decided that the D class ILB be withdrawn from the station and the station becomes an ALB station only.

MEDAL RECORD
Prior to the stations establishment in 1869 a Silver Medal was awarded to Gunner James Moore of the Royal Artillery at Alderney for rescuing 17 men of the crew of the French ship Carioca which struck the rocks under Hermitage Rock Battery on 19 October 1865.

Five Medals have been awarded, one Silver and four Bronze the last Medal voted 2002.