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Hastings Lifeboat Station

Hastings Lifeboat Station

Operating both all-weather and inshore lifeboats, Hastings lifeboat crews have been presented with over 30 awards for gallantry. The lifeboat was one of 19 that took part in the evacuation of forces from Dunkirk.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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28/09/2014 18:03
28/09/2014 18:01
23/09/2014 12:42
18/09/2014 13:44
13/09/2014 13:14
13/09/2014 13:05
13/09/2014 13:02
30/08/2014 20:14
23/08/2014 16:21
17/08/2014 19:35

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Station address:

 

Hastings Lifeboat Station
East Beach Street
The Stade
Old Town
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3AR

Station telephone:

01424 720828

Station opening times:

Generally 10am–4:30pm daily

Don't miss: crew training-check the noticeboards at the station for details

Accessibility:

Disabled Access, Disabled Parking

Visitor contact:

Shirley Hawley

Visitor contact telephone:

01424 425502

Shop telephone:

01424 461034

Shop opening times:

January-March
Tuesday-Sunday
11am-3pm

April-May
Tuesday-Sunday
10am-5pm

June-August
Monday-Sunday
10am-5pm

September-December
Tuesday-Sunday
10am-5pm

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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Lifeboat name: Sealink Endeavour

Lifeboat class: Mersey class

Funded by: the Sealink British Ferries Ltd promotion, bequests of Dr W R H Murphy, Mrs D M Kellett & others

Read more about the Mersey

 

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Lifeboat name: Daphne May

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class 

The station was established in 1858 at the request of the local inhabitants after a wreck had occurred there with the loss of the whole crew of the vessel.

During the war of 1939-1945 the lifeboat was launched 48 times and rescued 21 lives.

1830
Gold Medals awarded to Lieut John Prattent RN and Lieut Horatio James RN for the rescue of nine of the crew of the French lugger La Constance that was wrecked in a heavy gale and snow storm on 19 January 1830.

1882
A new lifeboat house constructed at the eastern end of the Marine Parade at a cost of £650.

1901
New lifeboat launched.  The carriage had 12 inch tyres and was fitted with launching poles, as apparently the horses did not work together.

1904
Silver Medal awarded to Alfred Stonham for conspicuous bravery in swimming out and saving the Master of the fishing boat William and Maria that sank on 28 May 1904.

1908
Harness sold as it was no longer required.

1927
When the Prince of Wales visited Hastings to open the White Rock Pavilion and the New Promenade he went aboard the lifeboat.  Whilst at Hastings the Prince was made a member of the Winkle Club, being presented with a gold winkle by the oldest working fisherman.

1940
The lifeboat Cyril and Lilian Bishop took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.

1943
Bronze Medals awarded to Coxswain John E Muggeridge, who was in command of the lifeboat for the first time, and Motor Mechanic W R Hilder for the rescue of seven men from HM Trawler Caulonia that had been wrecked south of Jury’s Gap on 31 March 1943.  Heavy seas were breaking over her but the coxswain kept the lifeboat alongside her for half an hour until the seven men were safely aboard.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Commander Highfield, the Honorary Secretary, Second Coxswain E F Adams and Bowman I F P White.  This was the outstanding service of the war.  A few days after he won this Medal, Coxswain Muggeridge lost his life when his fishing boat struck a mine and sank, and eight weeks later Motor Mechanic Hilder was killed in an air-raid.

1944
Whilst on service on 17 November searching for a landing craft in a very rough sea, the lifeboat capsized and the coxswain and two other members of the crew were washed out of her but all three were rescued.

1948
A stained glass window was dedicated in St Clements Church the extreme right-hand pane shows a fisherman in lifeboat oilskins and a kneeling woman beside a sailing boat.  The fisherman is ex-coxswain Ned Adams.

1949
Coxswain A Muggeridge drowned when his own fishing boat was wrecked on 31 March.

1955
Ladies Lifeboat Guild presented a Coastal Receiver Wireless Set for use in the lifeboat house.

1958
Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1959
District Inspector injured at Centenary Service launch on 27 July, his right leg was broken when he was knocked down by the winch wire.

1964
D class lifeboat sent to station in April.

1965
Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Captain the Hon V M Wyndham-Quin RN, sent to Motor Mechanic J H Martin and Police Sergeant S Ferguson, who manned the ILB on 17 August and rescued a man who was disappearing beneath the surface of the water.  The Royal Humane Society also awarded a Testimonial on Parchment combined with a Resuscitation Certificate to Police Sergeant Ferguson and a Resuscitation Certificate to Motor Mechanic J H Martin.

1967
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Motor Mechanic J H Martin and W Adams who manned the ILB on 25 June and rescued four people from two capsized sailing boats.

1972
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to R Shoesmith, C Green and K Ronchetti crew of the ILB in recognition of their excellent seamanship and exceptionally sound judgement when assistance was given to a badly injured man who had fallen over the cliffs at Ecclesbourne Glen on 8 February.  Letters of Thanks signed by the Secretary of the Institution awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic, J Martin and Messrs B Foster, R White, F Davis, J Mitchell and R Taylor, for their help during this service when the ILB had to hauled up the cliff face.

1975
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic John Martin and Bronze Medal to Second Coxswain George White for the rescue of the crew of three of the motor fishing vessel Simon Peter that was in distress in a violent storm and very rough sea on 27 September 1974.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to the other members of the lifeboat crew.

Silver Medal awarded to Dr Peter Davy who broke seven ribs while being lifted into a helicopter from the lifeboat and, although in great pain, continued to go to the aid of an injured man on board the Argentinian warship Candido de Lasala on 23 December 1974.  Dr Davy also received a Gold Medal from the Argentinian Naval Authorities and a Bronze Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust.

1985
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic John Martin in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when the lifeboat landed a sick crew member from the Irish container ship Bell Rover in a strong south by westerly gale and heavy breaking seas with poor visibility on 20 November 1984.

Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Christopher Cooper and crew members Graham Furness and Steven Martin in recognition of their determination when the D class inflatable lifeboat went close to rocks and rescued a boy who had been cut off by the tide on 29 June 1985.

1987
Coxswain Mechanic J H Martin awarded BEM in New Year’s Honours List.

1988
Boathouse was adapted to accommodate the new Mersey class lifeboat.

1989
Oakley class lfieboat withdrawn and replaced by Mersey class lifeboat.

1991
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Assistant Mechanic David John Curtis, in recognition of his prompt actions, when he entered the water from the Hastings lifeboat Sealink Endeavour to assist in the rescue of the sole occupant of the yacht Ngalawa on 9 March.  He then volunteered to board the yacht in rough seas to secure a tow which enabled the Ngalawa to be pulled clear of the pier.  He remained on board the casualty whilst the lifeboat returned to Hastings with the survivor who was suffering from hypothermia during the long and uncomfortable tow.  Framed letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman awarded to Coxswain Fred White for his part in this service when he dealt with a number of problems in a calm manner that contributed to the successful outcome of this rescue.

1995
New boathouse constructed.  It includes housing for the Mersey class lifeboat and launching tractor, housing for the D class lifeboat, a garage for the bulldozer, crew facilities, workshop, souvenir sales outlet, presentation/training room, public viewing galley and operations room.

1998
New D class lifeboat D540 Cecile Rampton II was placed on service on 4 October.  This lifeboat was funded by Miss Yolande Rampton in memory of her mother.  D392 has been withdrawn to ILC Cowes.  The lifeboat was transported to Epsom in Surrey for the naming ceremony in the Autumn of 1999.

2007
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Simon Hodgson for a service by the D class inshore lifeboat on 26 November 2006 when a swimmer was saved from the sea.  The lifeboat was operating at the limit of its operational capability in heavy three metre high seas.  It took six approaches to recover the man, who was landed on the beach.  The sea conditions precluded any first aid being undertaken on the lifeboat.  Crew Member Slone Phillips and Glenn Barry were each presented with a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Admiral Sir Jock Slater in recognition of their team work during this service.  Sadly the man was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The Trustees voted that an Anniversary Vellum be awarded in 2008 to commemorate the stations 150th anniversary.

2008
The new station IBI D class lifeboat D699 Daphne May was placed on service on 19 March.  Lifeboat D540 has been withdrawn.

MEDAL RECORD
Nine Medals have been awarded, two Gold, three Silver and four Bronze, the last being voted in 1985.