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Fowey Lifeboat Station

Fowey Lifeboat Station

Situated in the attractive Fowey estuary, the lifeboat station has been operating for nearly 150 years and the crews have been presented with 14 awards for gallantry. Today’s station has an all-weather Trent class lifeboat and an inshore D class lifeboat.

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
10/07/2014 23:05
08/07/2014 14:21
05/07/2014 19:19
03/07/2014 05:32
24/06/2014 13:29
15/06/2014 21:19
03/06/2014 13:44
26/05/2014 19:32
02/05/2014 10:06
13/04/2014 08:37

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Station address:

Fowey Lifeboat Station
RNLI Boathouse
Passage Street
Fowey
Cornwall
PL23 1DE

Station telephone:

01726 832156

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

Disabled parking

Visitor contact:

Keith Stuart

Visitor contact telephone:

01726 832156

Shop telephone:

01726 832213

Shop opening times:

March–December
Monday–Sunday
10.30am–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.

 

  • Fowey inshore and all-weather lifeboats

    Fowey lifeboats (stock photo)

  • Fowey's D Class inshore lifeboat

    Fowey's D class inshore lifeboat

  • Taken at the entrance to Fowey harbour the picture shows the Fisheries Protection Vessel Searcher the fishing boat and the lifeboat escorting her in to port.

    lifeboat and fishing boat with Searcher behind

  • The Fowey Trent class lifeboat escorts the fishing boat back in to harbour.

    Fowey lifeboat escorts the fishing boat in to harbour

  • Fowey Trent class lifeboat alongside its berth on the pontoon with ahead of it the fishing boat the person was trying to get back on to when they fell in to the water.

    Fowey all-weather lifeboat alongside

  • Taken at the 2014 Fowey Lifejacket Clinic Marcus Lewis on the left and Iain Cook from Ocean Safety on the right.

    Marcus Lewis and Iain Cook

  • Crew volunteer Marcus Lewis left from Fowey with Iain Cook from Ocean Safety

    Marcus Lewis left and Iain Cook

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    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

  • 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

  • The D class reaches the water at Fowey and is ready to head off to the incident.

    The D class reaches the water

  • The Fowey D class inshore lifeboat is lifted in to the sea.

    The D class inshore lifeboat being lifted in to the sea

  • The Fowey D class is pushed across the road from the boathouse to the crane that lifts it in to the water.

    The Fowey D class is pushed across the road

  • Proper Job yacht and Team Hobbit

    Proper Job yacht that took part in three peaks challenge

  • Team Hobbit yacht for three peaks challenge Proper Job

    Team Hobbits yacht Proper Job

  • Fowey all weather lifeboat

    Fowey all weather lifeboat

  • Library shot of both Fowey RNLI lifeboats at sea

    Library picture - both Fowey lifeboats at sea

  • Library picgture of Fowey RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat at sea

    Library pic Fowey RNLI all-weather lifeboat at sea

  • Two shouts in a week for Fowey RNLI lifeboats

    Two shouts in a week for Fowey RNLI lifeboats

  • Regatta week callouts for Fowey’s RNLI Lifeboats

    Regatta week callouts for Fowey’s RNLI Lifeboats

  • Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI

    Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI-2

  • Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI

    Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI-1

  • Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI

    Successful Lifeboat Day for Fowey RNLI

  • Both St Ives lifeboats on service

    Both St Ives lifeboats on service

  • Early morning rescue by Fowey’s RNLI lifeboats

    Early morning rescue by Fowey’s RNLI lifeboats

  • Busy weekend for Fowey RNLI Lifeboats

    Busy weekend for Fowey RNLI Lifeboats

  • Fowey RNLI Lifeboat rescues motor cruiser

    Fowey RNLI Lifeboat rescues motor cruiser

  • Ex-lifeboat rally in Fowey

    Ex-lifeboat rally in Fowey

  • Bank holiday Celebration Day with Fowey RNLI Lifeboats

    Bank holiday Celebration Day with Fowey RNLI Lifeboats

  • Fowey RNLI Lifeboat Family Beach day at Polkerris on Bank Holiday Monday

    Fowey RNLI Lifeboat Family Beach day at Polkerris on Bank Holiday Monday

  • RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

    RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

  • 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

  • Beautiful Boconnoc blossoms for the RNLI

    Beautiful Boconnoc blossoms for the RNLI

  • Bank holiday rescue by Fowey’s RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Bank holiday rescue by Fowey’s RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Fowey crew volunteer Marcus Lewis who is organising the annual Lifejacket Clinic in Fowey this April.

    Fowey RNLI volunteer Marcus Lewis

  • Library shot - Fowey D class inshore lifeboat on the water.

    Library picture - Fowey D class in action

  • The four boys will be running their 12 hour canoe challenge to raise funds for Fowey RNLI. This picture is of the Fowey Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy.

    Fowey Trent class all-weather lifeboat

  • The four young canoeists – from left to right – Fergus de Grey-Warter, Jake Sandy, Oscar Sioufi and Ben Bridge

    The four Fowey boys canoeing for the RNLI

  • Library picture of the Fowey D class inshore lifeboat at sea bows on

    Library picture Fowey D class inshore lifeboat

  • 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

  • Fowey Lifeboat Station visit by RNLI Chief Executive

    Fowey Lifeboat Station visit by RNLI Chief Executive

  • Sub-zero search for both Fowey RNLI lifeboats

    Sub-zero search for both Fowey RNLI lifeboats

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-5

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-4

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-3

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-2

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-1

  • 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

  • Six ex-RNLI lifeboats arrive in Fowey for rally

    Six ex-RNLI lifeboats arrive in Fowey for rally

  • Fowey RNLI lifeboat called to help a broken down speedboat

    Fowey RNLI lifeboat called to help a broken down speedboat

  • Three callouts in five days for Fowey Lifeboats

    Three callouts in five days for Fowey Lifeboats

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

    RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

  • Mothers’ Day rescue for Fowey RNLI lifeboats

    Mothers’ Day rescue for Fowey RNLI lifeboats

  • Early morning search by Fowey lifeboats

    Early morning search by Fowey lifeboats

  • Shelves Our Saviour – SOS day support from transatlantic sailors

    Shelves Our Saviour – SOS day support from transatlantic sailors

  • RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall

    RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall-3

  • RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall

    RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall-2

  • RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall

    RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall-1

  • RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall

    RNLI SOS day mystery tour begins in Cornwall

  • Fowey RNLI launched to Polmear Island - again

    Fowey all-weather lifeboat

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

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-3

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-2

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-1

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

  • 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

  • Comedians Simon Day and John Thomson join RNLI Fowey lifeboat crew (for a day)

    Comedians Simon Day and John Thomson join RNLI Fowey lifeboat crew (for a day)

  • Lifeboat day call out for Fowey RNLI

    Lifeboat day call out for Fowey RNLI

  • Spooky goings on at Lostwithiel RNLI Halloween Dinner Dance

    Spiffing Tunes keep playing in power cut

  • Spooky goings on at Lostwithiel RNLI Halloween Dinner Dance

    The witch and her cauldron at the RNLI event

  • Spooky goings on at Lostwithiel RNLI Halloween Dinner Dance

    Entries for the scary mask competition

  • Fowey RNLI sent to rescue man washed from a swamped boat

    Library picture - transfer exercise

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

  • Fowey RNLI ex lifeboat rally back on track

    RNLI lifeboats old and new at Fowey

  • Barclays Bank help RNLI boost Cornish coffee morning coffers

    Supporters of the St Austell RNLI coffee morning

  • Bodmin RNLI chosen as the charity for the 2012 Alstock Music Festival

    Tamsin Thomas

  • Bodmin RNLI chosen as the charity for the 2012 Alstock Music Festival

    Library shot from Alstock 2011

  • Bodmin RNLI chosen as the charity for the 2012 Alstock Music Festival

    Fowey RNLI lifeboats

  • Mevagissey Shop

    Mevagissey Shop

  • Fowey Shop

    Fowey Shop

 

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Maurice and Joyce Hardy

Lifeboat class: Trent class

Funded by: A gift and bequest of Maurice G Hardy CBE cEng

Read more about the Trent

 
Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Olive Two

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Olive Herbert Charitable Trust

Read more about the D class

 

From 1859 until 1922 the lifeboat station was at Polkerris.  The station has been named at various times Fowey (1859), Polkerris (1892), Polkerris and Fowey (1896), Polkerris (1905) and finally Fowey.

1826
Gold Medal awarded to Lt Else RN, for the rescue by coastguard boat of the crew of eight of the ship Providence wrecked off Polkerris on 26 August 1826.  The alarm was raised about 3pm, by which time the crew of eight had been washed overboard.  Giving orders for a coastguard gig to be launched Lt Else and another man launched a 14ft punt and managed to get three of the crew on board before being driven into the rocks by heavy surf.  The punt was retrieved with survivors on board and the gig brought the other five ashore under the supervision of Lt Else.

1829
Silver Medal awarded to chief officer of coastguard, Mr G Crosswell, for the rescue of the crew of five of the sean boat Diligence that was sinking in a heavy gale on 19 August 1829.

1856
Silver Medals were awarded to Captain Norcock RN, coastguard, Thomas Henwood and Richard Jones for their gallant rescue of the only survivor of the schooner Endeavour of Ipswich, wrecked in a gale, near Gribbon Point on 6 May 1856.

1865
The lifeboat was taken to Falmouth on occasion of the launch and demonstration of that lifeboat and took part in a race with lifeboats from Cadgwith, Lizard, Mullion, Penzance, Sennen Cove, Porthleven, Looe and Falmouth.  The Looe lifeboat came in first.

Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain, Joshua Heath, for the rescue of the crew of 13 from the barque Dryden and nine men from the brig Wearmouth, both of which vessels stranded at Par Sands during a hurricane on 25 November 1865.

1893
Silver Medals were awarded to William Robins, Edwin Robins, George Bishop and Frederick Perring for the rescue, on 14 February 1893, at great risk to the crew of two of the boat Dieu Protégé, which capsized in a west south westerly gale entering Par Harbour.  The two occupants swam to a buoy to which they clung until rescued.

1894
Flagstaff erected at East Cliff for signalling to Par.

1904
New lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £850.

1905
Arrangements made to provide horses for exercise for 6/ - per horse, day service 10/ - per horse, and night service 15/ - per horse, drivers included.

1906
Silver Medal awarded to Mr William Penrose for a very gallant attempt to rescue the crew of the brig Mary that was wrecked at the mouth of Fowey Harbour during a south easterly gale on 31 December 1905.

1910
Acetylene Beach Light supplied.

1918
Owing to the difficulty of obtaining horses pushing poles were supplied to this station.

1947
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Joseph Watters, for the rescue of the crew of seven of the motor vessel Empire Contamar near the Callyvardour Rock in Par Bay on 23 March 1947.  All that could be seen of the vessel above the water was her bow and poop.  Her crew was on the poop up to their waists in water; at times it was coming right over them and the tide was rising.  It was a difficult and perilous rescue in heavy seas and darkness.

1958
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was awarded to J Turpin, assistant mechanic, who swam ashore from the lifeboat in broken water to assist two people cut off by the tide.

1959
Centenary Vellum presented to station.

1987
A Brede class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Waveney class lifeboat.

1996
A new launching davit for the D class lifeboat has recently been installed opposite the proposed new shore facility in Berrills Yard.

Waveney class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by Trent class lifeboat.

D class lifeboat placed on station on 2 August.

1997
New D class lifeboat D526 placed on service on 30 September.

1998
Proposals for new crew facilities were drawn up and approved.  Work commenced in March 1997.  The facilities provided housing for a D class lifeboat, fuel and oil stores.  The work was completed in March.

2003
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Helmsman Marius Lewis for the rescue of three adults and four children cut off by the tide at Silver Mine beach.  The D class lifeboat had to be veered down three times in difficult surf conditions to effect the rescue.

2004
New pontoon berth completed at a cost of £63,247.

2006
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Admiral Sir Jock Slater, awarded to Coxswain Keith Stuart in recognition of the contribution made by him and his crew when the Fowey ALB assisted in the service to the m/v Galina on the night of 2/3 November 2005.  This service, with the Falmouth ALB, resulted in the coxswain at Falmouth being awarded the Bronze Medal.

2007
The new station IB1 D class lifeboat D681 Olive Two was placed on service on 28 September 2007.  This lifeboat was generously funded by The Olive Herbert Charitable Trust.  Lifeboat D526 has been withdrawn.

2008
The trustees of the RNLI voted on 5 November to award Fowey Lifeboat Station an Anniversary Vellum to mark 150 years of service in 2009. 

MEDAL RECORD
Twelve medals have been awarded, one Gold, 10 Silver and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1947.