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Baltimore Lifeboat Station

Baltimore Lifeboat Station

A lifeboat station has been established at Baltimore for over 85 years where fishing, water sports and the sea have played an important part of the area’s history. Over the years the crews have been presented with 15 awards for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

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Station address:

Baltimore Lifeboat Station 
Bull Point
Co Cork
Republic of Ireland

Station telephone:

028 20174

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

Parking, Disabled Access

Visitor contact:

Tom Bushe

Visitor contact telephone:

086 224 3765

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.

 

  • Easter Sunday callout for Baltimore RNLI

    Easter Sunday callout for Baltimore RNLI

  • Easter Sunday callout for Baltimore RNLI

    Easter Sunday callout for Baltimore RNLI

  • Still taken from an animation of historic RNLI rescue of the steamer SS Glenravel, created by the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets

    Still of animation by Fraserburgh Sea Cadets

  • Visitor enjoying an interactive exhibit at the Hope in the Great War Exhibition, Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer

    Visitor enjoying the Hope in the Great War exhibition

  • Picture showing 1st Cromer Sea Scouts playing on the interactive puzzle at the Hope in the Great War exhibition, Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer

    Hope in the Great War interactive puzzle

  • Baltimore RNLI assists three fishermen on 20m trawler

    Baltimore RNLI assists three fishermen

  • Conditions in Baltimore this afternoon

    Conditions in Baltimore this afternoon

  • The B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat

    The B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat

  • Baltimore RNLI

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI brings four people to safety

    Baltimore RNLI brings four people to safety

  • Baltimore inshore lifeboat

    Baltmore inshore lifeboat

  • Steve Redmond Ireland to Wales Swim 2013

    Steve Redmond Ireland to Wales Swim 2013

  • Swimmer Steve Redmond with Baltimore RNLI lifeboat crew

    Swimmer Steve Redmond with Baltmore RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Open water swimmer Steve Redmond with Baltimore RNLI

    Open Water swimmer Steve Redmond with Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI launch inshore lifeboat form slip

    Baltimore RNLI launch inshore lifeboat from slip

  • Baltimore RNLI

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI assists two fishermen

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI

    Baltimore RNLI

  • Erik Brooks giving it some welly this Mayday

    Erik Brooks giving it some welly this Mayday

  • False Alarm Flare Alert for Baltimore RNLI

    False Alarm Flare Alert for Baltimore RNLI

  • False Alarm Flare Alert for Baltimore RNLI

    False Alarm Flare Alert for Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI rescue father and son during French race

    Baltimore RNLI rescue father and son during French race

  • Baltimore RNLI assist fire crew

    Baltimore RNLI assist fire crew

  • Baltimore RNLI

  • RNLI CEO at Fastnet Lighthouse

    RNLI CEO at Fastnet Lighthouse

  • Baltimore RNLI assist as sailor winched to safety

    Baltimore RNLI assist as sailor winched to safety

  • Cork man takes part in world famous Mongol Rally to raise funds for the RNLI

    Cork man takes part in world famous Mongol Rally to raise funds for the RNLI

  • Missing man found safe and well following search involving Baltimore RNLI

    Missing man found safe and well following search involving Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI Lifeboats give assistance on the double.

    Baltimore RNLI Lifeboats give assistance on the double.

  • Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat assist kayaker in distress

    Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat assist kayaker in distress

  • Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat assist kayaker in distress

    Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat assist kayaker in distress

  • Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Crew in search for fisherman lost overboard

    Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Crew in search for fisherman lost overboard

  • RNLI Inshore lifeboat Bessie averts tragedy at sea

    RNLI Inshore lifeboat Bessie averts tragedy at sea

  • Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days

    Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days-3

  • Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days

    Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days-2

  • Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days

    Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days-1

  • Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days

    Happy ending as Baltimore RNLI rescue sheep stranded on ledge for two days

  • Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes

    Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes-2

  • Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes

    Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes-1

  • Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes

    Baltimore RNLI in major rescue operation off the Cork coast after Fastnet yacht capsizes

  • Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

    Rookie the Reindeer

  • Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

    Santa looking for his reindeer

  • Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

    Michael Bourie, winner of the 5K

  • Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

    Rory O'Neill, winner of the 10K

  • Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

    Rachel Allen and friends at the Cork reindeer run

  • Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images of whales ‘bubble net’ feeding

    Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images

  • Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images of whales ‘bubble net’ feeding

    The humpback whales

  • Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images of whales ‘bubble net’ feeding

    The humpback whales off the coast of Cork

  • Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images of whales ‘bubble net’ feeding

    The humpback whales

  • Baltimore RNLI volunteer captures unique images of whales ‘bubble net’ feeding

    The pair of humpback whales bubble netting

  • School children from Rath School sing at the Baltimore Naming Ceremony

  • Mrs Sue Windsor receives a photo of the Alan Massey lifeboat

  • Baltimore RNLI with the new Tamar lifeboat Alan Massey

  • Baltimore RNLI with their new Tamar lifeboat Alan Massey

  • Baltimore RNLB Alan Massey

  • Baltimore and Courtmacsherry RNLI involved in search for missing diver

    Courtmacsherry and Baltimore RNLI

  • Baltimore RNLI rescue two young kayakers from cave

    Baltimore RNLI lifeboat helm John Kearney

  • Baltimore RNLI assists motorboat with five on board

    Baltimore RNLI

  • RNLI fundraiser at Cork Week Regatta

    Enjoying the RNLI fundraiser at Cork Week

  • RNLI fundraiser at Cork Week Regatta

    RNLI fundraiser at Cork Week

  • Baltimore RNLI assist yacht in difficulty

    Baltimore RNLI in action

  • Image of Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

  • Image of Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat in boathouse. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat in boathouse. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

  • Image of Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat being launched down the slipway. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat being launched down the slipway. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

  • Image of Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat crew assist a dismasted yacht. Photo: Youen Jacob

    Baltimore’s Tyne class lifeboat crew assist a dismasted yacht. Photo: Youen Jacob

  • Baltimore lifeboat hosts multi-agency training exercise

 

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Lifeboat nameAlan Massey 

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Read more about the Tamar


Image of lifeboat

 

 

Lifeboat name: Bessie

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class

 

The station was established by the Institution in 1919.  A masonry lifeboat house and slipway was erected at Bull Point at a cost of £2,765.

1917
Silver Medals awarded to The Venerable Archdeacon J R H Becher, Honorary Secretary at Baltimore and Lieut. A L Sanderson RNR for a service on 29 December 1916 when the ss Alondra of Liverpool carrying a crew of forty, ran ashore on the Kedge Rocks in dense fog and bad weather.  Sixteen men took to a ship’s boat and were drowned and one man died on board.  The remaining 23 were rescued by means of lines.

Silver Medals awarded to John Daly, Tim Daly, Michael Cadogan and Tim Cadogan for putting off in a small boat and rescuing two of the crew of the ss Nestorian, which ran ashore at Cape Clear Island in a dense fo and a very heavy westerly swell on 2 January 1917.  The life saving apparatus was carried two miles over a mountain to the wreck.

1918
Silver Medal awarded to John Hart and the Bronze Medal to Timothy Murphy and Jeremiah McCarthy for their gallant conduct when they saved five people from the fishing boat Thomas Joseph of Dublin, which was wrecked in a strong north west wind, with a very heavy sea, on Skirkin Island on 10 November 1918.  The boat was on a trial trip with 11 people on board when she struck some rocks and six were drowned.  The rescuers put off in a yawl and rescued, at great personal risk, three men who were clinging to the mast and a man and a girl from the rocks.

1979
A special framed certificate awarded to the coxswain and crew for display at the station in recognition of their services in connection with numerous yachts in difficulties during the Fastnet Race on 13/14 August.

1988
Adaptation work was carried out in order to accommodate the station’s Tyne class lifeboat. 

1992
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Kieran Cotter in recognition of his determination, skill and fine seamanship, and Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution to Assistant Mechanic Vincent O’Driscoll and crew members Ronald Carthy, Michael O’Regan, Aidan Bushe and Cairán Sweeney for their support, when the lifeboat The Good Shepherd, on temporary duty at Baltimore, rescued 15 people and saved the Spanish fishing vessel Japonica which had suffered engine failure 20 miles west of the Fastnet Rock in storm force winds on the night of 30/31 October 1991.  As the casualty was driven closer to the rock-bound shore, it was decided to attempt a tow.  This was finally achieved after 70 minutes, and the vessel towed with some difficulty to the safety of Bantry Bay.  On the return passage the lifeboat put into Castletownbere to land an injured crew member and to change a blocked fuel filter.  Whilst waiting for a replacement the lifeboat received information that the yacht Atlantis Adventure was in difficulties south of the Fastnet Rock.  The lifeboat was at sea for a period of 26 hours.  The Maud Smith Award for the bravest act of life saving in 1991 was made to Coxswain Kieran Cotter for this service.

2008
An Atlantic 75 lifeboat was placed on service on 27 June for evaluation.

2012
The new station lifeboat ON1302 Alan Massey was placed on service on 15 February 2012.  This lifeboat was funded by the generous legacy of Miss Dorothy May Massey in memory of her brother. 

MEDAL RECORD
Seven Silver and three Bronze Medals have been awarded.  The last voted 1992.