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Fleetwood Lifeboat Station

Fleetwood Lifeboat Station, Fleetwood, RNLI, picture

Celebrating nearly 150 years as a lifeboat station Fleetwood now operates both an all-weather Tyne class lifeboat and an inshore D class lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 15 awards for gallantry.

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
23/10/2014 10:20
19/10/2014 08:28
05/10/2014 10:31
24/08/2014 09:14
20/08/2014 17:49
14/08/2014 19:06
10/08/2014 08:24
09/08/2014 11:14
09/08/2014 10:55
07/08/2014 22:22

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Forecasts for Fleetwood Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    4°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    4°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    8°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Monday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    8°C
  • Maximum:
    14°C

This is the tide forecast for Blackpool South.

Thursday 30/10

Tide chart Tide scale
High 02:57 8.5m
Low 09:31 2.7m
High 15:25 8.6m
Low 22:11 2.5m
  • First Light: 06:30
  • Sunrise: 07:07
  • Sunset: 16:43
  • Last Light: 17:20

Friday 31/10

Tide chart Tide scale
High 04:00 8.1m
Low 10:44 3m
High 16:33 8.2m
Low 23:25 2.6m
  • First Light: 06:32
  • Sunrise: 07:09
  • Sunset: 16:41
  • Last Light: 17:18

Saturday 1/11

Tide chart Tide scale
High 05:19 7.8m
Low 12:02 3m
High 17:56 8.2m
  • First Light: 06:33
  • Sunrise: 07:11
  • Sunset: 16:39
  • Last Light: 17:16

This is the surf forecast for Blackpool South.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Thu 30/10 6am 100 3ft 4secs 335.01
Noon 100 2.5ft 4secs 11.79
6pm 100 2.5ft 5secs 21.58
Fri 31/10 6am 100 1.6ft 6secs 46.7
Noon 85 1.8ft 7secs 46.41
6pm 90 4.5ft 5secs 11.78
Sat 1/11 6am 95 4.5ft 5secs 44.56
Noon 81 5.5ft 6secs 35.86
6pm 90 8ft 7secs 32.49
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 25
  • 06:00
  • 21
  • 12:00
  • 19
  • 18:00
  • 19
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 12
  • 06:00
  • 4
  • 12:00
  • 4
  • 18:00
  • 5
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 6
  • 06:00
  • 8
  • 12:00
  • 8
  • 18:00
  • 10
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 10
  • 06:00
  • 10
  • 12:00
  • 14
  • 18:00
  • 17
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 14
  • 06:00
  • 14
  • 12:00
  • 15
  • 18:00
  • 13

Station address:

Fleetwood Lifeboat Station
The Esplanade
Fleetwood
Lancashire
FY7 6DN

Station telephone:

01253 874000

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Dave Thompson

Visitor contact telephone:

01253 876328

Shop telephone:

01253 878050 

Shop opening times:

January–March
Tuesday and Sunday
11am–3pm

April–December
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm
 

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.

 

  • Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

    Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

  • RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

    RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

  • Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

    Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

  • Fleetwood all-weather lifeboat

    Fleetwood all-weather lifeboat

  • Blackpool RNLI take a vessel under tow having launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    Blackpool RNLI launch to assist a family of four

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    RNLI Blackpool launch to assist a family of four

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    RNLI Blackpool assist a family of four

  • Tall Ship challenge for RNLI's youngest recruits

    Tall Ship challenge for RNLI's youngest recruits

  • Fleetwood RNLI rescues single handed yacht

    Fleetwood RNLI rescues single handed yacht

  • Fleetwood RNLI Crew Members Plan To Run ‘The Great North Run’

    Fleetwood RNLI Crew Members Plan To Run ‘The Great North Run’

  • Shannon class lifeboat

    Shannon class lifeboat

  • Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist yacht

    Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist yacht

  • Fleetwood and Barrow RNLI lifeboats launch to assist ferry

    Fleetwood and Barrow RNLI lifeboats launch to assist ferry

  • Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

    Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-2

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-1

  • Fleetwood lighthouse walk is a real record breaker

    Fleetwood lighthouse walk is a real record breaker

  • Fleetwood RNLI and Coastguard hold lighthouse walk to Wyre Light

    Fleetwood RNLI and Coastguard hold lighthouse walk to Wyre Light

  • New Fleetwood RNLI lifeboat to be officially named

    New Fleetwood RNLI lifeboat to be officially named

  • Riverdance captain and merchant navy cadets to run Bath Half Marathon for the RNLI

    Riverdance captain and merchant navy cadets to run Bath Half Marathon for the RNLI

  • Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist search for missing person

    Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist search for missing person

  • Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist search for missing person

    Both Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats called to assist search for missing person

  • Man and dog saved on Fleetwood beach by Fleetwood inshore lifeboat

    Man and dog saved on Fleetwood beach by Fleetwood inshore lifeboat

  • Fleetwood RNLI all-weather lifeboat searches for missing workboat

    Fleetwood RNLI all-weather lifeboat searches for missing workboat

  • Fleetwood  Shop

    Fleetwood Shop

 

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: William Street

Lifeboat class: Tyne class

Funded by: W.O. Street Foundation together with bequests of Major Percy Frederick Holley, Francis Albert Balshaw and a gift from Miss Hilda Richmond

Read more about the Tyne


Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Mary Elizabeth Barnes

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Legacy of Mrs Mary Preston

Read more about the D class

 

 

The station was established in 1859 and closed temporarily from 1930 to 1933.  There were two stations between 1887-1892.

1859
Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £175.

1860
Silver Medals awarded to Captain Edward Wasey RN of the Coastguard and Coxswain John Fox for putting off and rescuing after several attempts one man of the crew of the schooner Ann Mitchell of Montrose which was wrecked during a gale on 22 January 1860.

Silver Second-Service Clasp awarded to Captain Wasey RN for the rescue by lifeboat of four men of the schooner Catherine wrecked off Fleetwood in a gale and heavy snow squalls on 19 February 1860.

Silver Third-Service Clasp awarded to Captain Wasey RN for the rescue by lifeboat of the crew of 15 and a pilot from the barque Vermont of Halifax, stranded in a gale on Barnett’s Bank on 20 October 1860.

1863
Silver Medals awarded to Mr W Swarbrick, Master of the Steam Tug Wyre and Mr Robert Gerrard, pilot, for the rescue by means of the Tug, of 17 people from the barque Pudyona which had stranded in a gale and high seas in Morecambe Bay on 27 October 1862.

In a heavy gale on 20 January the foundations of the lifeboat house were undermined and the house almost washed away.  Lifeboat and carriage were got out with great difficulty.  New lifeboat house erected at a cost of £162.

1879
New wooden lifeboat house on piles constructed on a new site with a slipway at a coast of £450.

1881
Old lifeboat house sold to the owner of the site for £40.

1890
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Robert Wright who had held that office for 12 years, and had been connected with the service for more than 30 years, having formerly been one of the crew.

Silver Medals awarded to Mr James Fogg, Master of the fishing smack Osprey and Mr George Wilkinson, one of the crew, for their gallantry in attempting to save the lives of the crew of the schooner Jean Campbell on 7 November 1890.  Two of the Osprey’s crew James Abram and George Greenall were drowned in this attempt.  A memorial to them was erected in ornamental gardens near to the North Euston Hotel.

1892
Decided to remove present pulling lifeboat, leaving only one boat on the station.

1893
Owing to the extension of the works of the Lancashire and Yorkshire and London and North Western Railway, it was necessary to construct a new lifeboat house and slipway at a cost of £1,630.

1894
Water service provided.

1895
Silver Second-Service Clasp awarded to Robert Wright on his retirement for his long and valuable service.

1901
Owing to difficulty of keeping slipway free of sand, a new site was obtained.  The Railway Companies took down lifeboat house and re-erected it near the new slipway.

1941
Silver Medals awarded to Coxswain Jeffrey Wright and Mechanic Sydney Hill for the rescue of the crew of eight of the schooner Stella Marie on 5 August 1941 in a strong gale and in high and very confused seas.  The schooner had drifted on to a sandbank and was hard and fast on it.  The seas were breaking right over her decks.  Her crew of eight had been forced to climb into the rigging.  It was difficult and very skilful rescue carried out with great dash and promptness, and the eight men were rescued only in the nick of time.  Second Coxswain James Leadbetter, Assistant Mechanic Richard Wright and Crew Members William Houston and David Wright were all accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for their contribution to this service.

1945
Death of Head Launcher Wright attributed to injury received on service on 4 June.  His widow was granted a pension by the Institution.

1948
Three keepers of the Wyre Lighthouse were rescued when the lighthouse was destroyed by fire.

1949
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain James Leadbetter for the rescue in a strong wind and heavy rain showers on 30 April 1949, the crew of eight of the ketch Alpha.  Six of the crew of the ketch later walked across the sands and returned to the vessel in spite of warnings.  The vessel later went aground on another large sandbank and, for a second time, the crew were taken off.  Both had been carried out with skill and speed.  The second was the more difficult of the two and could not have been accomplished but for the coxswain’s and crew’s intimate knowledge of the sandbanks.

1959
Centenary Vellum awarded.

1966
D class lifeboat sent to station in May.

1976
The RNLI’s President, HRH The Duke of Kent, named the new lifeboat Lady of Lancashire on 20 July.

1984
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Second Coxswain Stephen James Musgrave, in recognition of his great skill and determination when the D class lifeboat rescued a man and recovered his sailboard after had had got into difficulties and was being blown out to sea three and a half miles south west of Fleetwood in a south-easterly gale and a rough sea on 23 March.

1985
The Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service carried out in 1984 by the crew of a lifeboat under 10 metres was awarded to Helmsman Stephen Musgrave and crew members Barrie Farmer and David Owen in recognition of the above service.

1987
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain William Fairclough in recognition of his seamanship and boat handling skill when the relief lifeboat Arthur and Blanche Harris rescued the crew of two from the sinking fishing vessel Galilean on the night of 14/15 September.

2000
The new station D class lifeboat D556 Saddleworth was placed on service on 13 September 2000.  This lifeboat was funded by an appeal organised by Saddleworth Ladies Lifeboat Guild.  D 424 has been withdrawn to Poole Depot.

2005
RSPCA Bronze Medal awarded to Mechanic Steve Carroll for the rescue of a 13 stone Japanese Akita Dog on 31 August 2004.

2008
Pen repair/cathodic protection completed in March at a cost of £500,00.

The Trustees of the RNLI voted on 5 November to award Fleetwood Lifeboat Station an Anniversary Vellum to mark 150 years of service in 2009.

2009
For services to Maritime Safety Coxswain Christopher Hurst has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the recent Birthday Honours; - Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).

MEDAL RECORD
Thirteen medals have been awarded, 12 Silver and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1949.