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Largs Lifeboat Station

Largs Lifeboat Station

Largs was the first station in Scotland to operate a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat. The prototype, B-500, was sent for trials in 1972; these proved very successful and the station has operated an Atlantic lifeboat ever since.

Please come along and join in our Mayday Fun Day and Walk, see below for more information.








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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
20/05/2016 21:15
20/04/2016 14:22
19/04/2016 08:20
16/04/2016 13:38
12/04/2016 23:16
10/04/2016 19:21
08/01/2016 14:26
28/12/2015 08:49
27/11/2015 12:22
22/11/2015 12:15

Latest news from this station

  • Largs lifeboat assists yacht in difficulty


    Largs lifeboat was launched on Sunday evening the 10th of April at 7.21pm to a 27ft yacht with a lady and gentleman on board.

  • Speedboat adrift in Largs channel


    At 2.25pm on Friday 8 January Largs lifeboat and her volunteer crew take to the water for their first shout of the New Year to the assistance of a 16 foot speedboat suffering from mechanical failure, three persons were on board.

  • Largs volunteers called out to life raft


    On Monday 28th December at 08.55 am Largs lifeboat was launched to a report from Belfast Coastguard of a ship's life raft spotted on the shore within Kilchattan Bay on the south east corner of the Island of Bute.

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Station location

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Next event

  • Dragon Boat Race


    Support the RNLI at this fun fundraising event in Largs

Forecasts for Largs Lifeboat Station

Station address:

Largs Lifeboat Station
Greenock Road
North Promenade
KA30 8PQ

Station telephone:

01475 675149

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Dave Hewitt

Visitor contact telephone:

01475 675818

Shop telephone:

01475 670147

Shop opening times:




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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.


Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: B-854 'Naming ceremony to take place in 2012'

Lifeboat class: B class

Funded by: Kindly funded by The Toby Charitable Trust, which was created by deed granted by Robert Amory Wilson

Read more about the B class


Inshore lifeboat station established in May with a D class lifeboat.

Committee of Management decided to award Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Institution's Chairman to Helmsman John H Harrison and crew members Robert Watson and John Mackie for their services to a Drilling Rig (Pontoon) in difficulties off Hunterston Sands on 18 March.

An Atlantic 17 class lifeboat sent to station.

The Atlantic 17 and D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 lifeboat as the station boat.

Silver Medal was awarded to crew member Arthur Hill in recognition of his courage, determination and cool assessment of a difficult situation when he entered the water from the lifeboat Independent Forester Liberty on 24 July 1983 and ducked down about three feet to get under the cabin top of an upturned boat to rescue a young girl trapped forward in a small air-pocket.  Helmsman John Strachan was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for his leadership and judgement.  The Ma ud Smith Award for the most outstanding act of lifesaving by a life-boatman during 1983 was awarded to Arthur Hill for this service.

The boathouse was of insufficient size to accommodate an Atlantic 75 class lifeboat and launching vehicle and hence the construction of a larger boathouse was proposed.  Facilities include housing for the lifeboat and launching vehicle, workshop, oil and petrol stores.  This was completed in February.

A new B class, Atlantic 85 lifeboat, B-854 R A Wilson was placed on service on 6 November.