Providing search and rescue coverage from Southerness Point to Scares Rocks, Luce Bay in the Solway Firth, a lifeboat has been based at Kirkcudbright for over 140 years. Today, the station operates 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?
Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Sheila Stenhouse was launched on 13 October at 4.29am.
On Tuesday 7 October Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Crew and Management Team were visited by the RNLI Coastal review team led by Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. This review is ongoing and each lifeboat station is visited every five years.
Kirkcudbright Lifeboat held their Open Day on Sunday 27th July, 2014. Despite the weather many people enjoyed the rescue demonstrations by the crew of the Atlantic 85 “The Sheila Stenhouse”.
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Dee RoadKirkcudbrightDumfries and Galloway DG6 4XQ
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Lifeboat name: Sheila Stenhouse
Lifeboat class: B class
Funded by: Funded by the Sheila Stenhouse Bequest
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The station was established in 1862 following representations by the then Town Council, there having been several disastrous wrecks near the bar of the River Dee.
During World War II the lifeboats at Kirkcudbright launched on 10 occasions and rescued 12 lives.
1862Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £144.
1865Silver Medal awarded to Andrew Lusk, a farmer, who, with five of his servants attempted to rescue the crew of the schooner Havelock of Beston which was wrecked on 30 November 1864. One of the servants, Peter McGinn was drowned in the attempt. All of the schooner’s crew perished as well. The Committee of Management voted £10 for the local fund for Peter McGinn’s widow and children.
1892Lifeboat station removed to Cutlers Pool. Old lifeboat house sold for £20.
1893New lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of £1,200.
1908In August 1908 whilst accompanying his son George who was serving as Pilot on the river Dee Matthew Parkhill, the Coxswain of the Kirkcudbright Lifeboat was drowned. George Parkhill was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal for attempting to save his father’s life. George was then appointed Coxswain of the lifeboat on the death of his father.
1962A Centenary Vellum awarded.
1976The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic George Davidson for the rescue of two people from a rock at the mouth of the River Dee using breeches buoy in a southerly gale and very rough sea on 16 May.
1985The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Acting Coxswain/Mechanic Stephen Unsworth when the lifeboat Mary Pullman rescued the crew of three from the fishing vessel Leon Jeannine aground and breaking up on the Milton Sands in a southerly gale and rough seas on the night of 26 November 1984.
1988B class Atlantic 21 inshore lifeboat, B523, sent to station on 24 July for evaluation trials for a year.
1989The boathouse and slipway adapted to accommodate the new B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.
The all-weather lifeboat withdrawn from station on 18 April and replaced with a B class Atlantic lifeboat on 3 May.
2006New slipway boathouse adaptation completed on 6 March at a cost of £234,531.
A new inshore lifeboat, the B class Atlantic 85, B814 Sheila Stenhouse was placed on service on Thursday 14 December. The lifeboat was generously funded by The Sheila Stenhouse Bequest. Lifeboat B585 has been withdrawn.
2009A slipway extension was constructed at a total cost of £235,000.
2011The Trustees of the Institution voted the station a Vellum to commemorate 150 years service in 2012.
MEDAL RECORDOne Silver voted in 1865
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