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Lerwick Lifeboat Station

Lerwick Lifeboat Station

Lerwick Lifeboat Station has had a remarkable history of bravery with its lifeboat crews being presented with 62 awards for gallantry, including the RNLI's highest accolade in 1997 - a Gold Medal.

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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21/12/2014 07:20
01/12/2014 15:06
14/11/2014 11:48
24/09/2014 10:00
21/09/2014 11:05
16/09/2014 20:01
31/08/2014 11:42
05/08/2014 09:43
22/07/2014 20:14
13/07/2014 00:21

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Station address:

Lerwick Lifeboat Station
The Old Tolbooth
Commercial Street
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0AB

Station telephone:

01595 693827

Station opening times:

10am–4pm weekdays. Weekends by appointment.

Accessibility:

Parking on the quay or on Church Road

Visitor contact:

Mechanic John Sinclair

Visitor contact telephone:

01595 693827

Shop telephone:

01595 690150

Shop opening times:

Easter–October
Thursdays' and Saturdays'
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.

  • The Lerwick Lifeboat guides the Good Shephard into Grutness terminal.

    The Lerwick Lifeboat launched to help drifting inter Island ferry.

  • Lerwick crew in action

    Lerwick crew in action

  • New volunteer crew members at Lerwick RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

    £1M support helps fund local lifesaver

  • New volunteer crew members at Lerwick RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

    £1M support helps fund local lifesaver

  • A raffle organised by the Ladies guild of the Lerwick lifeboat station raised £190.

    Successful raffle at Lerwick lifeboat station raised £190.

  • A raffle organised by the Ladies guild of the Lerwick lifeboat station raised £190.

    Successful raffle at Lerwick lifeboat raised £190

  • The Lerwick & Aith Lifeboats recently had a visit from Diane Leigh who is undertaken a Tour of Britain in 80 days raising mney for the RNLI.

    Little British Things Tour

  • First female crew member for the RNLI Lerwick.

    First female crew member for the RNLI Lerwick.

  • Lerwick lifeboat tow MV Alluvion back into Lerwick Harbour

    Lerwick Lifeboat tow MV Alluvion back into Lerwick Harbour.

  • Lerwick Lifeboat crew take part in Relay for Life, Shetland

    Lerwick Lifeboat crew take part in Relay for Life, Shetland

  • Lerwick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew escorted a single crewmen yacht last night (Tuesday 21 April), as it became lost east of Whalsay.

    Lerwick Lifeboat crew escorts the single crewmen VANNVIDD yacht

  • Lerwick Lifeboat recieves cheque from Augean North Sea Services.

    Lerwick Lifeboat recieves cheque from Augean North Sea Services

  • Lerwick Lifeboat Crew

    Lerwick Lifeboat Crew

  • Neil Matson on the left and Adrian Troop who will take part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race together

    Neil Matson and Adrian Troop

  • Vela Fresca a yacht belonging to Exmouth RNLI DLA Neil Matson who is to take part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Vela Fresca on a wave

  • Neil Matson who is a DLA at Exmouth RNLI and who is taking part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Neil Matson, DLA at Exmouth RNLI

  • Michael and Jane Vernon

    Sir Michael Vernon

  • Mark Hanley who will be competing in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Mark Hanley

  • RNLI supporter Tony Purser who is taking part in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    RNLI supporter Tony Purser

  • Backlash one of the yachts entered in the 2014 Round Britain and Ireland Race

    Backlash an entry in the race

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

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    RNLI and coastguard with wreckage

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    Wreckage recovery

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    Wreckage RNLI and coastguard

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    Wreckage survey

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    Wreckage 5

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    Wreckage 4

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    Wreckage 3

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    Wreckage 2

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    Wreckage 1

  • Fundraiser Carol Smithard meets Aith Lifeboat Coxswain Hylton Henry during her Wee Walk of the UK

    Fundraiser Carol Smithard and Aith Coxswain Hylton Henry

  • Lerwick RNLI lifeboatman heads to Afghanistan on service with RAF

    Lerwick RNLI lifeboatman heads to Afghanistan on service with RAF

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • RNLI Aith and Lerwick lifeboat crew complete VHF radio training

    The crew and assessors

  • RNLI volunteers involved in helicopter rescue

    The ditched helicopter on Monday night

  • RNLI volunteers involved in helicopter rescue

    The ditched helicopter at sunset

  • RNLI volunteers involved in helicopter rescue

    The ditched helicopter

  • RNLI volunteers involved in helicopter rescue

    The ditched helicopter

  • Tommy and Grant

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name:
 Michael and Jane Vernon

Lifeboat class: Severn class

Funded by: Bequests of Miss Eleanor Rennie, Ronald Fee, a gift from Mr J. Young and the Lerwick lifeboat appeal

Read more about the Severn

 

 

1896
Silver Medal awarded to Mr James Jamieson for saving at great risk two of the crew of the fishing boat Jessie which sank in a strong southerly gale off Oxna Island on 14 December 1895.  Shore boat case.

1930
The Honorary Secretary, Mr Kay, was awarded a pair of binoculars for his services in connection with a shore boat case.

1948
The No 18 Group RAF presented a silver enamelled RAF crest to the Lerwick lifeboat station in recognition of a service to a Lancaster bomber on 23 July.  It was fitted in lifeboat ON 731.

1954
A collective Letter of Thanks was sent by the Committee of Management to the coxswain and crew in recognition of two long and arduous services.  One of 13 hours on 24 November to the Danish m/v Svaerdfisken and another of 23 hours to the Norwegian ss Granfoss on 26 November, both in extremely bad weather conditions and with barely 24 hours between them.

1957
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain John Sales in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship for the rescue of five men from the Swedish m.v. Samba on 28 December 1956.  The Samba was close under a cliff and drifting rapidly in a south easterly gale when the coxswain brought the lifeboat across the stern.  It was only at the sixth attempt that the rescue was completed.  The Swedish Lifeboat Society presented a plaque to the station for this service.

1958
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain John Sales and the Bronze Medal to Andrew Mouat, a Pilot of Baltasound for the rescue of three of the crew of the Russian Trawler Urbe on 16/17 October.  After an arduous journey in the teeth of a northerly gale during which the lifeboat's propeller was fouled by a net, the three survivors were found with the help of searchlights on the Holm of Skaw.  He showed courage, skill and great determination in going in to the rescue in the dark, in squally rain with one propeller out of action.  He also showed great wisdom and power of command.  Mr Mouat, who volunteered to help, gave great assistance throughout by virtue of his local knowledge.

1959
Coxswain Sales received a gift from the James Michael Bower Endowment Fund which was established in 1955 by the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company as a memorial to James Michael Bower who lost his life in a disaster.  Awards from this fund are made to those who receive either the Gold or Silver Medal of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  Coxswain Sales won his for the rescue of the only three survivors of the Soviet Trawler Urbe.

1969
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman, Admiral Sir Wilfrid Woods GBE KCB DSO DL, was sent to Coxswain John Sales BEM and to each of the seven members of his crew in recognition of their outstanding service in extreme conditions on 15 March when three Norwegian fishing vessels were escorted into Lerwick harbour.

1973
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain George Leith for the rescue of the crew of nine from the trawler Granton Osprey, which was hard aground on Bressay Island in a south westerly wind of hurricane force and a very rough sea on 13 December 1972.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to the other seven members of the crew.  The weather during this service was the worst seen in the area by many older and experienced seamen in Lerwick.

1974
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain George Leith for the rescue of the crew of four of the oil rig safety vessel Spearfish stranded on Bressay Island in a south by easterly gale and a very rough sea on 12 January.

1978
HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI, named the new Lerwick lifeboat Soldian at a ceremony in the harbour on 12 September.

Arun class lifeboat sent to station.

1983
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic P H P Clark for the rescue of the crew of three and the saving of the yacht Hermes of Lune which was dragging her anchor in North East Mouth, Out Skerries in a south westerly hurricane, rough seas and torrential rain on 21 September 1982.  Assistant Mechanic Andrew Leask and Emergency Mechanic Ian Newlands were accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for putting out from the lifeboat in her inflatable dinghy to take a line ashore from the yacht.

1989
Bronze Second-Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic P H P Clark for rescuing three crew members from the fishing vessel Boy Andrew which was aground on rocks at Trebister Ness on 13 January 1989.  Crew members Robert Wiseman and Iain Tulloch were accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for their part in this service manning the lifeboat's Y boat, operating in marginal conditions.

1990
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark in recognition of the leadership, seamanship and boat handling skill displayed by him when 33 crew members were taken off the fish factory ship Azu, which was stranded on a rock and rolling heavily at Brei Wick in an easterly gale on 28 October 1989.

1991
Bronze Medal awarded to Mr George Lamont Williamson, skipper/owner of the salmon work boat Challenge for the service on 8 October 1990 when the sole occupant of the fishing boat Veidra was rescued from Burwick Holm in a south-westerly violent storm, very rough seas and visibility reduced by spray and heavy rain.  The man became stranded whilst attending to his lobster creels close to Burwick Holm when the boat's engine failed.  Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were presented to James Christie, Theodore Fullerton and John William Ward, members of the Challenge crew.

1992
A collective Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark, Emergency Mechanic Ian Fraser and crew members Iain Tulloch, Robert Wiseman, Richard Simpson and Malcolm Craigie for rescuing 31 people from the Laerling, a 50 foot ferry that was carrying 36 passengers, most of whom were over 60 years, and two crew when she went aground on rocks south east of the Isle of Noss, East of Bressay on 22 July.

1993
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark in recognition of his seamanship, and determination when the lifeboat Soldian rescued the crew of 11 and saved the 415 ton fishing vessel Quo Vadis Mc, which was in difficulties 11 miles north east of Lerwick in storm force winds and heavy seas on 10 December 1992.  The fishing vessel had suffered engine failure and was taking water in the adverse conditions.

Bronze Third-Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark in recognition of his leadership, determination and outstanding seamanship when the Soldian lifeboat assisted in the rescue of the crew of six and saved the fishing vessel Ardency which had broken down and taking water 16 miles east-south-east of Bard Head in winds gusting to Force 14 and very high seas on 17 January 1993.

1994
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Joint Second Coxswain William J Clark in recognition of his courage, skill and seamanship when the lifeboat Soldian, under his command, rescued three survivors from a life-raft of the fish factory ship Lunohods 1, which grounded on rocks at Kirkabister Ness, Bressay, in storm force winds and rough seas in the early hours of 9 November 1993.

Bronze Medal awarded to Joint Second Coxswain William J Clark in recognition of his outstanding courage, skill and seamanship, when the lifeboat Soldian, under his command rescued 37 of the 73 crew from the fish factory ship Borodinskoye Polye, which had run ashore on the Unicorn Reef in a south-westerly storm force wind and heavy swell on the night of 17/18 November 1993.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Joint Second Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic Peter Thomson, Emergency Mechanic Ian Fraser and crew members Robert Wiseman, Richie Simpson and Theo Nicolson in recognition of the part they played in this service.   Despite the vessel rolling violently and discharging oil onto the deck of the lifeboat, she was taken alongside the casualty over 35 times in just over an hour, and succeeded in rescuing 37 people.  The other 36 people were rescued by helicopter.  The Maud Smith Award for the bravest act of life-saving in 1993 was made to Joint Second Coxswain William J Clark for this service.

1995
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark in recognition of his outstanding seamanship, leadership, tenacity and courage when within a confined area of less than 100 feet he repeatedly manoeuvred the lifeboat Soldian alongside the fish factory ship Pionersk and rescued 64 people in the early hours of 31 October 1994.  The Pionersk had run aground at Trebister Ness, three miles south of Lerwick in confused breaking seas, storm force winds and darkness.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Joint Second Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic P Thomson and crew members I Fraser, I Tulloch, R Wiseman and R Simpson in recognition of their courage, determination and teamwork whilst on the lifeboat deck where they were being sprayed by diesel oil from the casualty.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark in recognition of his fine seamanship, leadership and skill when the lifeboat Soldian rescued the crew of five and saved the fishing vessel Achilles in storm force winds and very heavy seas on 4 November 1994.  Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman Sir Michael Vernon were presented to Joint Second Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic P Thomson and crew members I Fraser, I Tulloch, R Simpson and J Sinclair in recognition of their courage, determination and fine seamanship in extreme weather conditions throughout this rescue.

1997
Gold Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark, Bronze Medals awarded to Second Coxswain Richie Simpson, Emergency Mechanics Peter Thomson, and Brian Laurenson and crew members Ian Leask and Michael Grant.  A special RNLI Vellum was awarded posthumously to winch man Bill Deacon, in addition to a collective Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum awarded to the entire crew of the coastguard helicopter, Captain Norman Leask, Co-Pilot David Gribben, winch operator Paul Mansell and winch man Bill Deacon in recognition of their actions during the service on 19 November to the Green Lily

Coxswain Clark demonstrated enormous courage, leadership, determination and seamanship in rescuing five men from the vessel in horrendous weather conditions. He made the decision to launch after it appeared that all other hope had gone; a towline had parted, the helicopter could not work the casualty, and she was only 4.5 cables from the rocky shore; no margin for error.  Coxswain Clark manoeuvred the lifeboat in limited sea room, with 15 metre breaking seas and violent storm Force 11 winds.  His incredible skill in handling the lifeboat and taking her alongside the violently rolling casualty enabled the five crew members on board to be taken off.  When he finally drove the lifeboat clear, there was less than 200 yards to the shore.  The Maude Smith Award for the bravest act of lifesaving in 1997 was made to Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark for this service.

1999
Coxswain/Mechanic Hewitt Clark awarded the MBE in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.

2005
Renovation – new shore facility completed in February at a cost of £784,617.

MEDAL RECORD
Seventeen medals have been awarded - one Gold four Silver and 12 Bronze, the last medal being voted in 1997.