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Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station

Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station

Celebrating 175 years as a lifeboat station, and now operating two lifeboats, Broughty Ferry was the first inshore lifeboat station in Scotland. The station has sadly witnessed tragedy with eight lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others at sea.

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
21/10/2014 18:09
14/10/2014 15:21
25/09/2014 22:08
20/09/2014 00:00
17/09/2014 04:22
16/09/2014 01:10
03/09/2014 18:17
01/09/2014 20:16
15/08/2014 20:01
05/08/2014 18:46

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Station address:

Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station
Fisher Street
Broughty Ferry
Dundee
DD5 1EF

Station telephone:

01382 779956

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Murray Brown

Visitor contact telephone:

01382 779956

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.

 

  • The Pilot boat under tow with the container ship in the background

    The Pilot boat under tow with the container ship in the background

  • Timmy, Lorraine and the crew on the lifeboat

    Timmy, Lorraine and the crew on the lifeboat

  • Timmy, Lorraine and the crew on the lifeboat

    Timmy, Lorraine and the crew on the lifeboat

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI marks 50th anniversary of Mona disaster

    Broughty Ferry RNLI marks 50th anniversary of Mona disaster

  • Wreaths taken out to sea to remember Broughty Ferry RNLI Mona crew

    Wreaths taken out to sea to remember Broughty Ferry RNLI Mona crew

  • The Mona Remembered – Presentation Event

    The Mona Remembered – Presentation Event

  • The Mona Remembered – Presentation Event

    The Mona Remembered – Presentation Event

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI to remember Mona lifeboat disaster in history evenings

    Broughty Ferry RNLI to remember Mona lifeboat disaster in history evenings

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI joins Facebook

    Broughty Ferry RNLI joins Facebook

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI Lifeboat responds to three shouts during high winds on the Tay

    Broughty Ferry RNLI Lifeboat responds to three shouts during high winds on the Tay

  • 50th anniversary Mona commemoration – A call to action

    50th anniversary Mona commemoration – A call to action

  • Three shouts for Broughty Ferry RNLI during Dundee Flower Festival

    Three shouts for Broughty Ferry RNLI during Dundee Flower Festival

  • Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew

    Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew-2

  • Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew

    Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew-1

  • Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew

    Donation from Transocean Galaxy II Crew

  • Two shouts on one day for Broughty Ferry RNLI

    Two shouts on one day for Broughty Ferry RNLI

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI lifeboat rescues yacht aground on Abertay Sands

    Broughty Ferry RNLI lifeboat rescues yacht aground on Abertay Sands

  • Strathmore family flag presentation to Broughty Ferry RNLI

    Strathmore family flag presentation to Broughty Ferry RNLI

  • 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

  • Broughty Ferry crew to pull plane at Dundee Airport

    Broughty Ferry crew to pull plane at Dundee Airport

  • Pulling a plane in aid of the RNLI

    Pulling a plane in aid of the RNLI

  • Broughty Ferry busiest lifeboat station in Scotland

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • Broughty Ferry RNLI launches iPhone-compatible website

    Broughty Ferry RNLI launches iPhone-compatible website

  • 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

  • Yachts adrift in high winds rescued by Broughty Ferry RNLI

    Yachts adrift in high winds rescued by Broughty Ferry RNLI

  • A busy Sunday for the crew of Broughty Ferry RNLI

    A busy Sunday for the crew of Broughty Ferry RNLI

  • 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

  • Top horse rider rescued by RNLI at water jump

    Broughty Ferry crew give a helping hand

 

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Lifeboat nameSheila Barrie

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: A gift of The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

Read more about the D class


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Lifeboat name: Elizabeth of Glamis

Lifeboat class: Trent

Funded by: Bequests of Ian Campbell Low, Ron Bonar, Moira Maynard and Beatrice Thomson together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Trent Class

   

The first lifeboat was stationed at Buddon Ness in 1830 by the River Tay Lifeboat Society.  It was supported by a tax on vessels entering the Tay.  A lifeboat was placed at Broughty Ferry in 1859.  Both stations were taken over from the local Lifeboat Committee by the Institution in 1861.  The Buddon Ness Station was closed in 1894.

1828
Silver Medal awarded to Daniel Kidd and £10 to him and eight other men for rescuing three of the crew of the schooner Fancy which was wrecked off Broughty Ferry on 9 February 1828.

1837
Silver Medal awarded to Lieut Peter Stark RN for putting off in the lifeboat with 14 other men in a high sea and rescuing the crew of three of the Brig Two Sisters of Kirkcaldy to Dundee with a cargo of coal on 11 April 1837.  The three men were taken off the mast which was the only part of the vessel left above water.

1838
Gold Medal awarded to Lieut Peter Stark RN for the rescue of J Gallently, the master, and four men from the schooner Ranger of Perth, wrecked on the Banks of the Tay on 4 March 1838.

1863
The Buddon Ness lifeboat was fouled and stove in by some small vessel and driven from her moorings and sank.  She was later recovered but condemned and the station was temporarily closed until a new lifeboat was sent in 1867.

1889
Slipway constructed at a cost of £130.

1908
George Peebles was appointed Motor Mechanic at 5/- per week.

1909
New lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of £1,700.  Death reported of Mr James Hunter who had been Honorary Secretary for 45 years.

1920
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Charles Gall for the rescue of six pilots from the cutter Daydream that was totally wrecked during a strong easterly gale and very heavy sea on 11 April 1920.  The lifeboat was launched at 0105 and it was not until five attempts had been made that the five men aboard were saved.  The lifeboat then searched for and found another pilot who was adrift in the cutter's small boat.

1931
Centenary Vellum awarded.

1940
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James Coull and Bronze Medal to Acting Second Coxswain George B Smith and Motor Mechanic John Grieve for the rescue of nine from the steam trawler Quixotic of Aberdeen, which had run onto the Bell Rock on 5 December 1939.  A fresh north easterly wind was blowing with squalls of sleet.  A heavy swell was running it was bitterly cold and the night was dark.  The bow of the Quixotic was on the rocks, she was lying on her port bilge and her stern was under water to nearly amidships.  There was so little water that it was impossible for the lifeboat to get under the lee of the vessel.

1959
On 8 December the lifeboat Mona, first stationed at Broughty Ferry in 1935, was launched to the help of the North Carr light-vessel that had been reported broken adrift.  Weather conditions were exceptionally severe with a strong south-easterly gale blowing across the entrance to the River Tay.  Certain navigational buoys had been driven by the atrocious weather from their positions.  In the early hours of the morning the lifeboat unfortunately capsized and her crew of eight were drowned.  Their names were D G Anderson, J Ferrier, A S Gall, R Grant, J Grieve, J J Grieve, G B Smith and G Watson.

1962
On 3 June the Lord Provost McManus unveiled a memorial plaque on the north wall of the lifeboat house to the eight men who lost their lives in the lifeboat disaster of 8 December 1959.

1964
D class lifeboat sent to station in April, the first in Scotland.

1978
Watson class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Arun.

1980
150th Anniversary Vellum awarded.

1998
New D class lifeboat D539 was placed on service in September.

1999
New Arun class lifeboat placed on service on 20 January.

2001
Work commenced on new landing stage.

STATION RECORD
Buddon Ness 1830-1863 No record .  1867-1894 Launches 12.  Lives saved 15

MEDAL RECORD
Seven medals have been awarded – one Gold, three Silver and three Bronze, the last being voted in 1940.