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Buckie Lifeboat Station

Buckie Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats have been launching into the waters of the Moray Firth from Buckie for over 145 years and the crews have been honoured with awards for gallantry. Today the station operates the largest lifeboat, the Severn class. 

 

 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
20/09/2016 21:12
18/09/2016 13:30
18/09/2016 12:15
11/09/2016 18:59
11/09/2016 16:26
29/08/2016 22:43
28/08/2016 12:44
10/08/2016 17:48
24/06/2016 13:24
05/06/2016 14:33

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Station address:

Buckie Lifeboat Station
Commercial Road
Buckie
AB56 1TX

Station telephone:

01542 831289

Station opening times:

10am–4pm weekdays.
Weekends by appointment
Don't miss Crew Training 10am Sunday

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Gordon Lawtie

Visitor contact telephone:

01542 831289

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.

  • Emmerdale star with Buckie crew

    Emmerdale star with Buckie crew

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • Wick Cheque Presentation

    Cheque Presentation

  • Group Captain Ian Gale, Gordon Lawtie, and Squadron Leader Mark Jackson. This shows the Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth and the event organiser presenting Buckie Lifeboat with £1,000.

    Cheque Presentation

  • Ian Cormack, Group Captain Ian Gale, Mike McDonald, Squadron Leader Mark Jackson, and Gordon Lawtie. This shows the Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth and the event organiser presenting the RNLI with £3,000.

    Cheque Presentation

  • Group Captain Ian Gale, Mike MacDonald, and Squadron Leader Mark Jackson. This shows the Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth and the event organiser presenting Invergordon Lifeboat with £1,000

    Cheque Presentation

  • The cheque presentation

    The cheque presentation

  • Scot's Mini Adventure hits the Highlands and passes 3000 mile mark

    Scot's Mini Adventure hits the Highlands and passes 3000 mile mark

  • 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

  • Buckie RNLI set for 150th anniversary extravaganza

    Buckie RNLI set for 150th anniversary extravaganza

  • 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

  • Long service awards presented at Buckie

    Long service awards presented at Buckie

  • RNLI volunteers searched for missing RAF fighter jet crews

    Wick and Buckie

 

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Lifeboat name: William Blannin

Lifeboat class: Severn

Read more about the Severn

   

1861
Lifeboat house erected at a cost of £160.

1886
Lifeboat house and site purchased by Great North of Scotland Railway for £120, in order that they could extend their line.

1890
Silver Medals awarded to Peter Fernie and William Raich for wading into the water at great risk and rescuing the crew of three of the German Smack Industrie which had stranded near Cluny Harbour in a strong north-north-easterly gale and a very rough sea on 26 October 1890.

1890
Gas service provided to lifeboat house.

1820
Station adapted for a motor lifeboat at a cost of over £12,000.

1942
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain F Mair, when nine people were rescued from an RAF high speed launch on the night of 15 September during a strong west-north-west wind with a heavy sea.  This was a difficult service carried out with skill and courage.  During the service the lifeboat was lifted by a heavy sea and crashed heavily on the rocks.  Afterwards it was found that her bottom had been badly damaged.  The whole boat was flooded except for the engine room and petrol compartments, and she was kept afloat only by her air-cases.

1949
On 8 January the lifeboat went to the assistance of the steamer Frej of Stockholm in a whole gale with a very heavy sea, and took off nineteen of her crew.  The lifeboat went alongside the steamer seven times and sustained damage.  For this service the Swedish Lifeboat Society awarded the Institution its plaque of merit and a Diploma to the lifeboat station.

1960
Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1967
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain George Jappy for the rescue of the crew of eight of the fishing boat Briar Rose on 10 October.  The fishing boat was aground on the West Muck rocks and the coxswain had to approach the casualty three times in hazardous conditions to effect the rescue of eight men.

1968
Bronze Medal awarded to coxswain George Jappy for rescuing the crew of six from the motor fishing vessel Mistletoe on 21 February 1968.  The Mistletoe had grounded off the mouth of the River Spey and she was pounding and rolling heavily about 350 yards from the beach in a heavy confused swell.

1984
Watson class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Arun class lifeboat.

1987
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Coxswain John Murray and his crew in recognition of their teamwork and dedication when the lifeboat escorted the yacht Samphire safely into Macduff Harbour and rescued the crew of four of the yacht Monsun of Ekero and saved the boat in a strong east-south-easterly wind and very rough seas on 17/18 July.

1991
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to Coxswain John Murray for his leadership, determination and skill when three crew members were rescued from the fishing vessel Fidelity on 17 August.  The casualty was aground on the East Muck and was listing and rolling 40º to starboard.

1995
New shore facility and pontoon berth constructed.  The new shore facility includes an ambulance/resuscitation area and improved crew facilities.

2003
The new station Severn class lifeboat ON1268 William Blannin was placed on service on 28 May. 

2009
The Trustees voted the award of a 150th year anniversary Vellum in 2010.

MEDAL RECORD
Three Medals have been awarded to the men of Buckie, two Silver and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1968.