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Arbroath Lifeboat Station

Arbroath Lifeboat Station

Celebrating over 200 years as a lifeboat station, Arbroath is one of the oldest stations in Scotland and its crews have been honoured with seven awards for gallantry. The station has also seen tragedy with seven lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others.

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
11/08/2014 16:24
07/08/2014 11:12
09/07/2014 12:54
02/07/2014 19:16
02/07/2014 17:48
21/05/2014 18:44
20/05/2014 12:05
20/05/2014 12:04
12/05/2014 22:36
12/05/2014 22:36

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Forecasts for Arbroath Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    2°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    9°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    9°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    9°C
  • Monday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    10°C

This is the tide forecast for Arbroath.

Saturday 23/8

Tide chart Tide scale
High 01:32 4.6m
Low 07:43 1.4m
High 13:58 4.5m
Low 19:53 1.6m
  • First Light: 05:12
  • Sunrise: 05:54
  • Sunset: 20:31
  • Last Light: 21:13

Sunday 24/8

Tide chart Tide scale
High 02:10 4.7m
Low 08:19 1.2m
High 14:35 4.6m
Low 20:27 1.5m
  • First Light: 05:14
  • Sunrise: 05:56
  • Sunset: 20:28
  • Last Light: 21:10

Monday 25/8

Tide chart Tide scale
High 02:45 4.8m
Low 08:52 1.1m
High 15:08 4.7m
Low 20:59 1.3m
  • First Light: 05:16
  • Sunrise: 05:58
  • Sunset: 20:25
  • Last Light: 21:07

This is the surf forecast for Arbroath.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Sat 23/8 6am 100 5ft 9secs 182.76
Noon 100 4.5ft 7secs 189.42
6pm 100 4ft 8secs 196.43
Sun 24/8 6am 100 4.5ft 8secs 189.65
Noon 100 4ft 8secs 196.04
6pm 100 3.5ft 8secs 198.46
Mon 25/8 6am 95 2.5ft 8secs 198.94
Noon 81 3ft 4secs 305.58
6pm 63 4.5ft 5secs 301.98
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 17
  • 06:00
  • 17
  • 12:00
  • 21
  • 18:00
  • 13
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 6
  • 06:00
  • 4
  • 12:00
  • 9
  • 18:00
  • 11
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 6
  • 12:00
  • 11
  • 18:00
  • 10
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 7
  • 12:00
  • 10
  • 18:00
  • 14
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 16
  • 06:00
  • 17
  • 12:00
  • 18
  • 18:00
  • 16

Station address

Arbroath Lifeboat Station
Shore
Arbroath Angus
DD11 1PD

Station telephone

01241 873235

Station opening times

10am–4pm Monday–Friday

Accessibility

Parking

Visitor contact

Ron Churchill

Visitor contact telephone

01241 873235

Shop telephone

01241 431585

Shop opening times

April–October
Monday–Sunday
2pm–4pm

November–December
Saturday–Sunday
2pm–4pm

 

 

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.

  • Ron junior receiving his award

    Ron junior receiving his award

  • Father and son Ron and Ron

    Father and son Ron and Ron

  • Father and son Ron and Ron

    Father and son Ron and Ron

  • Father and son Ron and Ron

    Father and son Ron and Ron

  • Father and son Ron and Ron

    Father and son Ron and Ron

  • Father and son Ron and Ron

    Father and son Ron and Ron

  • Arbroath ALB, RNLB Inchcape

    Arbroath ALB, RNLB Inchcape

  • Arbroath RNLI D class lifeboat D-759 Robert Fergusson

    Arbroath RNLI D class lifeboat D-759 Robert Fergusson

  • Shannon class all-weather lifeboat

    Shannon class all-weather lifeboat

  • RNLI

    RNLI

  • Shannon class all-weather lifeboat

    Shannon class all-weather lifeboat

  • Lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath, Alex Smith, is presented with a cheque for £270 from Jimmy Crabb of Smokehouse

    Cheque presentation at Arbroath Golf Club

  • Arbroath lifeboats assist in incident at cliffs

    Arbroath lifeboats assist in incident at cliffs

  • Pictured from left -  Dave Birse (Arbroath RNLI), Robert Forbes, Ron Churchill snr (Arbroath RNLI)

    Robert presents cheque to Arbroath RNLI crew members

  • Arbroath volunteer lifeboat crews in evening darkness search for missing person

    Arbroath volunteer lifeboat crews in evening darkness search for missing person

  • Arbroath volunteer lifeboat crew search for missing person

    Arbroath volunteer lifeboat crew search for missing person

  • Presentation at the lifeboat station

    Presentation at the lifeboat station

  • Ron Churchill Snr pictured on board RNLB Inchcape

    Ron Churchill Snr

  • Station minister Alister Morrice with crew at Arbroath RNLI prior to launch for wreath laying ceremony in memory of Robert Lindsay disaster.

    Arbroath RNLI crew with wreath

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • The winning Big Lifeboat Pull team from BAM Nuttall with Arbroath RNLI lifeboat in Hyde Park

    The winning Big Lifeboat Pull team from BAM Nuttall with Arbroath RNLI lifeboat in Hyde Park

  • The Aberdeen Asset Management team pull their weight in the RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull in Hyde Park

    The Aberdeen Asset Management team pull their weight in the RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull in Hyde Park

  • BAM Nuttall team with their winning RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull time in Hyde Park

    BAM Nuttall team with their winning RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull time in Hyde Park

  • Dave Steenvoorden, Humber RNLI coxswain and official Big Lifeboat Pull commentator in Hyde Park

    Dave Steenvoorden, Humber RNLI coxswain and official Big Lifeboat Pull commentator in Hyde Park

  • Windsor and Eton Brewery team pull the Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park for RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull

    Windsor and Eton Brewery pull the Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park for RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull

  • BAM Nuttall, team winners of the RNLI's Big Lifeboat Pull 2013 pull a Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park

    BAM Nuttall, winners of the RNLI's Big Lifeboat Pull take a Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park

  • Dionne Geddes presents cheque to crew

    Dionne geddes presents cheque to crew

  • Arbroath ILB, Robert Fergusson

    Arbroath ILB, Robert Fergusson

  • Rotaract Cheque Presentation

    Rotaract Cheque Presentation

  • Montrose Sub Aqua Club cheque presentation2

    Montrose Sub Aqua Club cheque presentation2

  • Montrose Sub Aqua Club Cheque Presentation

    Montrose Sub Aqua Club Cheque Presentation

  • Arbroath ALB

    Arbroath ALB

  • Inshore lifeboat on scene

    Inshore lifeboat on scene

  • Arbroath ALB towing yacht 2.7.13

    Arbroath ALB towing yacht 2.7.13

  • Arbroath ALB

    Arbroath ALB

  • View from all-weather lifeboat RNLB Inchape showing tow line back to yacht.

    Arbroath yacht tow

  • Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager receives cheque from Dave Addison on behalf of Arbroath RNLI

    Arbroath RNLI cheque presentation 28.5.13

  • Some of the fundraiasers pictured presenting the cheque to Arbroath lifeboat crew

    Cheque Presentation 15/5/13

  • Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

    Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved-1

  • Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

    Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

  • Arbroath RNLI Lifeboat launches to aid of anglers

    Arbroath RNLI Lifeboat launches to aid of anglers

  • Arbroath RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain Receives Long Service Medal

    Arbroath RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain Receives Long Service Medal

  • Arbroath RNLI recover yacht day after Dunbar RNLI rescue owners

    Arbroath RNLI recover yacht day after Dunbar RNLI rescue owners

  • Couple say they owe their lives to Dunbar Lifeboat crew

    Couple say they owe their lives to Dunbar Lifeboat crew

  • Round Table Cheque Presentation

    Round Table Cheque Presentation

  • Arbroath RNLI benefits from birthday donations

    Jennifer visits Arbroath lifeboat station to present the cheque

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days-2

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days-1

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

  • Arbroath RNLI assists stricken catamaran

    Arbroath RNLI assists stricken catamaran

  • Lifeboat crews at Arbroath called out twice in two days

    Lifeboat crews at Arbroath called out twice in two days

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • Crew members from Scotland help with BBC Countryfile filming

    Crew members from Scotland help with BBC Countryfile filming

  • Two men thank Arbroath crew for saving them

    A thank you card for Arbroath

  • Two men thank Arbroath crew for saving them

    The survivors with the Arbroath crew

  • Missing jet-skiers found in fading light

    Allan Russell looks after a jet-skier

  • Arbroath volunteer Ron is Scotland’s oldest RNLI boat crew member

    Ron at his position

  • Arbroath RNLI crewman receives bravery commendation

    Allan with is award

  • Arbroath RNLI benefit from fundraising efforts

    Fundraisers with the Arbroath crew

  • Ron and the Arbroath crew

  • Arbroath lifeboat station benefits from charity fishing event

    DDM Presentation

  • Ron and the rest of the crew

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Duncan Fergusson

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Mr Andrew Fergusson

Read more about the D class


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Inchcape

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: Local appeal together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey

 

 

 

The Arbroath Lifeboat Station is one of the two oldest in Scotland.  It was established in 1803 and the first lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead who, in 1789, had built the Original, which was the first boat to be designed and built for the purpose of saving life from shipwreck.  Little is known of the stations early history as records only exist from the time the station was taken over by the Institution from the local Lifeboat Committee in 1865

1827
Gold Medal awarded to Lieut. Christopher Jobson RN, coastguard officer, for a service to the Clyde Packet when she was wrecked in a strong snow filled gale on rocks at Arbroath Harbour entrance on 2 January 1827.  The Manby apparatus was used in a successful attempt to get a boat to the wreck, during her return the boat was swamped and capsized throwing three men, two women, and two children into the water.  Lieutenant Jobson and a coastguard team rushed into the water and got them all ashore.

Gold Medal in the form of a gold lifeboat was awarded to Lieut. Jobson for rescuing the master of the vessel Alice that was driven ashore near Atbroath at 0200 in a severe gale accompanied by snow on the morning of 8 March 1827. 

1865
New lifeboat house built by town authorities (cost £179) on site of old house in road leading to harbour known as East Grimsby.

1911
On 24 September, Bowman Peter Swankie, aged 64, fell beneath the carriage when the lifeboat was being taken to the slipway to be launched on service and was killed.  Committee of Management granted his daughter £50 and grand-daughter £10.

1928
A Centenary Vellum awarded.

1940
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain William Swankie for going to the assistance of the barge Foremost of Aberdeen that was being attacked by a German aircraft on 9 February 1940.  As the lifeboat approached, the attack was continued by two aircraft but despite machine gun fire and bombs the lifeboat went alongside the barge rescued the seven survivors and landed them at Arbroath.  Coxswain Swankie was also awarded the British Empire Medal.

1952
Lifeboat capsized whilst crossing the Harbour Bar after a launching to reported flares on 27 October, with the loss of six of her crew of seven.  Pensions on service scale paid to dependants.  More than £35,000 raised by the local disaster fund, including a contribution of £500 from the Institution.  A commemorative bronze plaque erected on the storm wall of the Fish Quay.  A stained glass window erected in St John’s Methodist Church to the memory of the Coxswain gifted by his widow, and a memorial plaque in the Old Church to the six men, gifted by Mr and Mrs Cargill who lost two sons.  The names of the six men are Coxswain D Bruce and crew members T Adams, C Cargill, D Cargill, H Swankie and W Swankie (Jnr).

A 150th Anniversary Commemorative Vellum awarded.

1962
Commemorative bronze plaque erected on the storm wall of the Fish Quay in 1953 transferred to the outside wall of the lifeboat house.

1963
Arbroath lifeboat ON934 The Duke of Montrose, exhibited at the International Lifeboat Conference held in Edinburgh from 4-6 June.

1968
A D class inflatable lifeboat sent to station.

1986
An extension to the D class boathouse was completed.  Facilities included a new boat store and improved crew facilities.

1992
Modifications to the boathouse and slipway were carried out at a cost of £85,000 in order to accommodate the station’s new Mersey class lifeboat.

A Mersey class lifeboat sent to station 26 August replacing the Rother class lifeboat.

1993
A new D class lifeboat D471 Coachmakers of London was placed on service on 19 October.

1997
Over the years a gradual build-up of silt has been occurring in the proximity of the slipway and remedial dredging was carried out in 1987.  In order to remedy this problem proposals were drawn up for the construction of a 10 metre extension to the slipway.  In November 1995 the Crown Estate granted approval for the extension to the slipway and planning approval followed from Angus Council in November 1996.  Work commenced in May and was successfully completed in June 1997.

2001
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Mr Peter Nicholson presented to Mechanic Allan Russell, Second Coxswain Thomas Yule and crew member Peter Willis who manned the relief D class inshore lifeboat and saved the crew of three of the yacht Grouse on the morning of 8 June 2002.  The yacht was aground at Danger Point in fog, being pounded onto rocks by a large two metre swell which was further complicated by a large backwash returning from a nearby breakwater.

2002
The Trustee Meeting held on 27 November decided that Arbroath Lifeboat Station be awarded a Vellum to commemorate the completion of 200 years service in 2003.

2004
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D621 Duncan Ferguson was placed on service on Monday 2 August.  This lifeboat was funded by a generous gift from Andrew Ferguson in memory of his father.  D471 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.

MEDAL RECORD
Three medals have been voted.  Two Gold and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1940.

FOREIGN AWARD
On 14 April 1905 the Arbroath lifeboat rescued five persons from the German Schooner Gesine.  The German Emperor gave silver watches to the coxswain, second coxswain and bowman and made a monetary award to the rest of the crew.