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Clovelly Lifeboat Station

Clovelly Lifeboat Station

The original station at Clovelly was one of only two stations that operated a Clyde class lifeboat. The station closed in 1988 and after a gap of 10 years, when the lifeboat was operated privately, the RNLI reopened the station with an inshore B class lifeboat.

​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
19/04/2014 11:15
18/04/2014 12:25
30/08/2013 16:13
04/05/2013 21:03
27/09/2012 13:41
04/08/2012 12:32
20/07/2012 16:32
03/07/2012 21:39
07/05/2012 18:20
04/05/2012 17:59

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Station address:

Clovelly Lifeboat Station c/o Lauren McGuire
62 The Quay
Clovelly
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5TF

Station telephone:

07831 203184

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Lauren McGuire

Visitor contact telephone:

07795 828492

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.

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    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Nicky Hodge Jess Gierke and Damson the dog run the sixteen and a half mile RNLI sponsored walk in just over four hours

    Running the RNLI walk

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • RNLI volunteers are always ready to help save lives at sea.

    RNLI volunteers are always on hand

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

    RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

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Lifeboat name: 
Spirit of Clovelly

Lifeboat class: B class

Funded by: Clovelly Lifeboat Trust

Read more about the B class

 

A lifeboat station was established at Clovelly following a wreck in the bay and in consideration of the distance separating the then two flanking stations of Bude and Bideford.  A new 32ft 10in oared lifeboat proved by Mrs Boetefour of London in memory of her late husband who was an active member of the Committee of Management of the RNLI and one of the most munificent benefactors.

1869
Silver Medal awarded to Mr George Bumby, Chief Officer Coastguard as Clovelly for putting off in a shore boat with others at much risk of life and bringing safely to land a long boat with 13 people form the Barque Od ne wrecked at Portledge Mouth in a whole gale and heavy sea on 12 September.

1870
Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £175.

1882
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Richard Headon in recognition of his gallant services in saving 34 lives during the past 12 years.

1890
Silver Medal to Mr Sidney Abbott and Mr Robert Hodge for putting off at great risk in a small boat and gallantly rescuing two men from a boat that had capsized off Clovelly in a north-north-easterly gale and heavy sea on 5 November.

1892
Boat house reconstructed and a slipway provided at a cost of £1,065.

1902
Committee of Management voted £125 to the widow of Bowman John Dunn, who died from the effects of exposure on service 28 April.

1908
Acetylene beach light supplied.

1913
Second Coxswain washed out of lifeboat on service to unknown vessel on 15 March; fortunately he was recovered.

1949
Bronze Medal awarded to Bowman Percy Shackson and Assistant Mechanic William Braund for the rescue on 30 August1948 of two Americans from a rock under the cliffs at Baggy Point.  It was impossible to get close enough with the lifeboat so the Coxswain called for two volunteers to man a dinghy brought by the lifeboat.  The two men handled the dinghy with great skill and courage in the darkness and dangerous waters.  The Maude Smith Award for Courage for Bravest Deed of the Year awarded to Bowman Percy Shackson and Assistant Mechanic William Braund for this service.

1954
Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain George Lamey for the rescue of the crew of three of the ketch Progress on 28 July in a north-westerly gale and very rough sea.  The lifeboat had to be brought under the lee of the ketch 10 times before the crew, as well a cat, some new born kittens and a canary were taken aboard.

1962
A Letter of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution together with an additional monetary award was sent to the coxswain and crew for launching on service in considerably difficult conditions because of an onshore gale and a tide being at low water on 17 November, to the tanker Green Ranger.

1971
A Centenary vellum awarded.

1971
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vvellum accorded to Dr D Mackenzie, the Honorary Medical Adviser, in recognition of his courage when on 7/8 November he went afloat in the lifeboat and boarded the motor vessel Embdena under the most hazardous conditions to attend to a seriously injured man.

1972
Framed Letters of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution presented to Boat Mechanics R G Tanner & P J Croft for the rescue of two men trapped on the cliffs using an inshore lifeboat on temporary duty at the station on 10 June.

1974
Bronze Medal awarded to Staff Coxswain Michael Stafford Houchen for courage and seamanship when the lifeboat saved the trawler St Pierre that was taking water, and her crew of three, on 6 February.

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 15 August.

1987
A Framed Letter of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution was present0ed to the Coxswain and crew members of the lifeboat City of Bristol for their professional and seamanlike manner, when four people were rescued from the yacht Moon Dragon and the vessel saved in difficult conditions on the night of 11/12 July.

1988
Station closed 15 August.

1998
Re-opened as Atlantic 21 station in May.

MEDAL RECORD
The men of Clovelly have been awarded eight medals, four Silver and four Bronze, the last being voted in 1974.

FOREIGN AWARDS
In 1950 the Spanish Society for Saving the Shipwrecked awarded Coxswain Lamey the silver prize medal and a Diploma of Merit to the crew for the service to ss Monte Gurugu.