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Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

Situated on the north shore of the Severn estuary in a major port, Barry Dock lifeboat station has operated an all-weather lifeboat for over 100 years. The crews have been honoured with 14 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?

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
22/04/2014 21:03
13/04/2014 19:00
01/02/2014 21:11
18/01/2014 15:58
18/01/2014 15:56
20/12/2013 15:56
03/11/2013 12:07
21/10/2013 21:16
21/10/2013 21:12
29/09/2013 18:13

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Station address:

Barry Dock Lifeboat Station
The Pierhead Buildings
The Outer Harbour
Barry Docks
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 5QS

Station telephone:

01446 735678

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Peter Binding or Liz Mathews

Visitor contact telephone:

Peter: 01446 735678

Liz: 01446 738923

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.

 

  • AG Adams staff

    AG Adams staff

  • Gerry Adams retirement

    Gerry Adams retirement

  • Gerry Adams running the half marathon

    Gerry Adams running the half marathon

  • Aquadock

    Aquadock

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • RNLI lifeboat and helicopter

    RNLI lifeboat and helicopter

  • Howard Metcalfe

    Howard Metcalfe

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • L-R Dorothy, Gareth and Christine

    L-R Dorothy, Gareth and Christine

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Alun Cairns MP presents a cheque to Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat station

    Alun Cairns MP presents a cheque to Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat station

  • a visitor tries on the rescue mini-kit

    a visitor tries on the rescue mini-kit

  • Stormy Stan and his guests

    Stormy Stan and his guests

  • The Weston super Mare RNLI Atlantic inshore lifeboat leads the Portishead Atlantic inshore lifeboat at the appeal launch off Clevedon Pier.

    The Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • The Atlantic inshore lifeboats from Weston super Mare RNLI and Portishead at the appeal launch off Clevedon Pier.

    The Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • Barry Dock Trent class all-weather lifeboat with the Atlantic inshore lifeboats from Weston super Mare RNLI and Portishead at the launch of the appeal off Clevedon Pier.

    Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • Peter Elemont on the left and John Gittings on the right with their lifeboats behind them shake hands to start the appeal.

    The launch of the Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Open Day success for Barry Dock RNLI

    Open Day success for Barry Dock RNLI

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat

  • Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

    Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

  • Welsh RNLI volunteers at the ready for Christmas call outs

    Welsh RNLI volunteers at the ready for Christmas call outs

  • Long-standing volunteer crew member retires from Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Long-standing volunteer crew member retires from Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • £2,000 raised for Barry Dock RNLI

    £2,000 raised for Barry Dock RNLI

  • Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

    Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

  • Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

    Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

  • Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station-3

  • Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station-2

  • Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station-1

  • Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Busy week for Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team at the multi-agency exercise ‘Watermark’ in Bala in 2011.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team prepare for major flooding exercise in north Wales

  • Local building company helps Barry Dock RNLI

    Local building company helps Barry Dock RNLI

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Lifeboats from Penarth, Burnham upon sea, Weston Super Mare and Portishead.

    Exercise with eight lifeboats at Flat Holm

  • Dow Corning wade in to help Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Pontoon appeal at Barry Dock

  • John Davies strikes gold again for the Barry Dock lifeboat

    John Davies strikes gold again for the Barry Dock lifeboat

  • John Davies strikes gold again for the Barry Dock lifeboat

    John Davies strikes gold again for the Barry Dock lifeboat

  • 'Pigsy' and Pops walk for the Barry Dock lifeboat

    'Pigsy' and Pops walk for the Barry Dock lifeboat

  • Climbing high for Barry Dock Lifeboat

    Dave and Craig presenting a cheque to Hugh Davies Coxswain of Barry Dock RNLI

  • Golf club help Barry Dock Lifeboat

    Golf club help Barry Dock Lifeboat

  • Family of rescued teenager present surprise donation to Barry Dock lifesavers on RNLI SOS Day

    Family of rescued teenager present surprise donation to Barry Dock lifesavers on RNLI SOS Day

  • RNLI Chief Executive visits Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Station

    Barry Dock RNLI enjoys visit from Chief Executive

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat crew assist in evacuation of injured tugboat crewman

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat crew assist in evacuation of injured tugboat crewman

  • Ironman Nicky raises funds for RNLI

    Ironman Nicky raises funds for RNLI

  • RNLI mascot Stormy Stan visits Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Rhydypenau Primary school in Cardiff present the RNLI with a £400 donation

  • RNLI mascot Stormy Stan visits Barry Dock Lifeboat Station

    Storm Force members meet Stormy Stan at Barry Dock lifeboat station

  • RNLI volunteer given surprise award for 38 years voluntary service

    Peter Binding receives his binoculars from Andy Hurley.

  • Over 5,500 children given sea safety advice by RNLI lifeboat education volunteer

    The RNLI's crucial crew event

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat in search for missing person

    Barry Dock all-weather lifeboat

  • Pensioner with serious head injuries airlifted from Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI called to injured sailor

  • Pensioner with serious head injuries airlifted from Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock called to injured sailor

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat rescues boat with engine failure.

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat brings the vessel to safety

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • Penarth RNLI celebrates achievements of past year

  • Penarth RNLI celebrates achievements of past year

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team assist flood-hit communities in Somerset

  • Penarth lifeboats help search for missing teenager

  • Barry Dock and Porthcawl RNLI assist vessel aground

  • Barry Dock Lifeboat practice towing with local tug

  • Barry Dock lifeboat launches to powerboat lost in fog.

  • Welsh RNLI rescues and training 2012

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat name: Inner Wheel II

Lifeboat class: Trent

Read more about the Trent

1901
Lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of £2,300.

1907
Gold Medal awarded to Mr Daniel Rees and Silver Medal to Mr Ivor Rees for a very gallant shore boat rescue on 16 June 1907 to the yacht Firefly.  For this service The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Mr D Morgan Rees for the part he played and a Special Letter of Thanks sent to Mr Harold M Lloyd who first observed the accident and took such prompt action.

1914
Silver Medal awarded to Daniel P Davies, pilot’s apprentice for the rescue by cutter’s punt of two men from the ketch Elizabeth Couch on 22 February 1914.  Daniel Davies lowered the cutter’s punt and rowed to the ketch at considerable risk not only because to the weather but because of the danger of colliding with the ketch.

1920
Lifeboat house and slipway adapted for new lifeboat at a cost of £1,400.

1935
Silver Medal awarded to the Honorary Secretary/Acting Coxswain Archilbald C Jones, and Bronze Medals to crew members Stanley Alexander, Thomas Alexander, William Cook, Henry Hobbs, Henry Housden, Frederick Searle, and Hewitt Swarts for a dangerous service carried out with skill and courage to the French schooner Goeland which was drifting with a heavy list in a west north westerly gale on 17 September 1935.  Less than a minute after the last of the crew of six had been rescued, the schooner went on the rocks where the heavy seas broke her up.

1941
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain David Lewis for the rescue of 10 people from the small steamer South Coaster during a whole north-westerly gale on 6 December 1940.  Owing to the war she had a crew of five instead of eight.  The steamer was yawing wildly about, pitching and rolling heavily and in danger of coming down on the lifeboat as she made two hazardous approaches enabling the ten man crew to jump to safety.

1965
On 13 January Coxswain Frederick Swarts, who was working on the lifeboat in the lifeboat house, fell to the concrete floor of the boathouse, fractured his skull and died on 22 January, without regaining consciousness.  His widow was paid a pension by the Institution.

1969
Lifeboat ON806 Rachel and Mary Evans parted her moorings whilst on temporary duty at Weston-super-Mare and was damaged beyond repair on 12 April.

1973
Station provided with a second lifeboat Susan Ashley.

1974
Waveney class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Arun class.

1979
Lifeboat Susan Ashley withdrawn on 11 July and No 2 station closed.

1985
New shore facilities were constructed.  This comprised of a fuel store and storehouse.

1991
An ex-show bungalow was donated to the RNLI by Associated British Ports for use as a crew room.  The old crew room was some six years old and in a bad condition.

1995
Timber framed building constructed in order to provide a changing/drying room, workshop, toilet facilities and a diesel fuel store.

1997
Arun class lifeboat Margaret Frances Love accepted as temporary station lifeboat.

2001
A Centenary Vellum awarded to the station in celebration of 100 years of service.

2002
Following the visit on 3 September 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Commodore R C Hastie, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that the decision to allocate a Trent class lifeboat to Barry Dock be rescinded and that the station be earmarked for the allocation of an FSB2 in due course.

2003
Mr Ted Powell, Station Honorary Secretary, awarded MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

Station lifeboat Arun class, ON1135 Mickie Salvesen was placed on service on Friday 8 August 2003. 

MEDAL RECORD
Twelve medals have been awarded, one Gold, Three Silver and eight Bronze, the last being voted in 1941.