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Llandudno Lifeboat Station

LLandudno Lifeboat Station

For over 150 years, lifeboat crews from Llandudno have been saving lives at sea, as well as inland during flooding. Today’s lifeboat station operates both an all-weather Mersey 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
24/10/2014 14:56
18/10/2014 03:06
18/10/2014 02:33
29/09/2014 14:58
29/09/2014 14:56
24/09/2014 11:31
22/09/2014 01:28
15/09/2014 14:18
13/09/2014 17:32
12/09/2014 15:16

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Station address:

Llandudno Lifeboat Station
Lloyd Street
Llandudno
Conwy
LL30 2YG

Station telephone:

01492 875777

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

As access is very restricted the offshore lifeboat is displayed on the promenade most Sundays throughout the summer

Visitor contact:

Capt Marcus Elliott

Visitor contact telephone:

01492 875777

Shop opening times:

January–December
Monday–Saturday
10am–5pm
Sundays
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 winner is presented with her prize from Llandudno RNLI

    The winner is presented with her prize from Llandudno RNLI

  • Five year old Lily Wright, 'Please may I join the Crew?'

    Young ‘crew member’ wows Llandudno’s RNLI volunteers

  • Dr Barbara Saunderson receiving her award

    Dr Barbara Saunderson receiving her award

  • Dr Barbara Saunderson

    Dr Barbara Saunderson

  • Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey

    Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station volunteer press officer Dave Massey

  • Image of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew returning to shore after being on the lifeboat for nine hours.

    Image of the Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew returning to shore after nine hours at sea

  • The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi ’in Cemaes transferring the tow to the inflatable ‘Y’ boat .

    The Moelfre RNLI lifeboat ‘Kiwi ’in Cemaes transferring the tow to the inflatable ‘Y’ boat

  • The wreath laying ceremony at sea

    The wreath laying ceremony at sea

  • Llandudno and Moelfre RNLI remember lives lost in Thetis submarine disaster

    Llandudno and Moelfre RNLI remember lives lost in Thetis submarine disaster

  • Robin Holden, a long-serving Llandudno lifeboatman has hung up his lifejacket for the last time after serving for 32 years as a member of the town's lifeboat crew.

    Llandudno RNLI veteran comes ashore

  • Kind donation for Llandudno RNLI

    Kind donation for Llandudno RNLI

  • Dr JJ Green - Llandudno RNLI Medical Advisor, marathon runner and local GP

    Llandudno RNLI volunteer completes 50th marathon for RNLI

  • Llandudno RNLI are using social media to direct visitors to their shop on St George's Place. A Facebook competition to win a family ticket to see Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru was launched today. Entrants are encouraged to like a post about the RNLI shop to be in with a chance of winning tickets.

    Christmas cards and gifts now on sale at Llandudno RNLI shop

  • Llandudno RNLI volunteers are presented with a picture

    Llandudno RNLI volunteers are presented with a picture

  • Llandudno shop volunteers meet the crew

    Llandudno shop volunteers meet the crew

  • Danielle Rush and RNLI volunteer Alan Sharp

    Danielle Rush and RNLI volunteer Alan Sharp

  • The crew at Llandudno with their newest supporter

    The crew at Llandudno with their newest supporter

  • A woman was evacuated to hospital by RNLI inshore lifeboat and ambulance early this evening after being found lying on rock armour coastal defences near the Rainbow Bridge at Llanddulas, North Wales.

    Medical evacuation by Llandudno lifeboat crew

  • A woman is brought to safety by Llandudno RNLI

    A woman in brought to safety by Llandudno RNLI

  • Llandudno RNLI rescue five people

    Llandudno RNLI rescue five people

  • Llandudno's newest supporter

    Llandudno's newest supporter

  • Conwy RNLI volunteers return to North Wales after rescuing Cockermouth flood victims

    Conwy RNLI volunteers return to North Wales after rescuing Cockermouth flood victims

  • Tourists have a lucky escape as Llandudno RNLI come to the rescue

    Tourists have a lucky escape as Llandudno RNLI come to the rescue

  • Sand aid for the RNLI in the form of a kind dontation

    Sand aid for the RNLI in the form of a kind dontation

  • RNLI warning after dramatic rescue of four teenagers off North Wales coast

    RNLI warning after dramatic rescue of four teenagers off North Wales coast

  • Shannon class lifeboat at Conwy Marina

    Shannon class lifeboat at Conwy Marina

  • Golf club donates to RNLI

    Golf club donates to RNLI

  • Four RNLI stations prepare for emergency situation on wind farm

    Four RNLI stations prepare for emergency situation on wind farm

  • Naval occasion at Llandudno

    Naval occasion at Llandudno

  • Llandudno schoolchildren answer RNLI SOS

    Llandudno schoolchildren answer RNLI SOS

  • Welsh RNLI volunteers prepare to welcome Olympic torch

    Welsh RNLI volunteers prepare to welcome Olympic torch

  • Llandudno RNLI offers a slice of history to locals

    Llandudno RNLI offers a slice of history to locals

  • New RNLI shop for Llandudno

    New RNLI shop for Llandudno

  • Goldwings North Wales raise over £3,000 for Llandudno RNLI

    Goldwings North Wales raise over £3,000 for Llandudno RNLI

  • A trophy with a difference for Llandudno RNLI

    A trophy with a difference for Llandudno RNLI

  • Stormy Stan wows crowds at Llandudno

    Stormy Stan wows crowds at Llandudno

  • Busy store salutes an RNLI 150th

    Busy store salutes an RNLI 150th

  • Silver Birch Golf Course raises £750 for Llandudno RNLI

    Silver Birch Golf Course raises £750 for Llandudno RNLI

  • RNLI test new launch and recovery unit at Llandudno

    RNLI test new launch and recovery unit at Llandudno

  • Young sailor supports his local lifeboat

    Michael Roberts presenting a donation to Lifeboat Operations Manager Capt Marcus Elliott

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • 19th century lifesaver - pictured at last

    A photo of 19th century lifesaver John Saunderson

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Andy Pearce

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: Legacy of Andrew Stephen Pearce together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
William Robert Saunderson

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Dr Barbara Saunderson of Llanfairfechan

Read more about the D class

 

 

Station established by the Institution in 1861 as a condition of a gift from the Misses Browne of Toxteth Park, Liverpool, in memory of their sister who died in 1860.  The three sisters had been regular visitors to the town for many years.

The first coxswain, Hugh Jones, was a copper miner and it was the duty of his daughter, in the event of a service call, to rush to the top of the shaft, halfway up the Great Orme, and signal her father.  Her method was to rap with a stone in a certain manner and up the shaft Hugh Jones would come and dash for the shore.

1867
Lifeboat capsized whilst on service without loss of life.

1885
Bell and flagpole used to summon crew.

Lifeboat capsized without loss of life whilst returning from a rescue of four men from the sailing boat Mira.  The lifeboat, whilst under sail, was struck by a very violent and sudden squall.

1887
Alarm bell was rung as a practical joke.  A summons was issued and the gentleman concerned was fined £2 10 0d.

Second Coxswain Edward Jones died as a result of a cold thought to have been caught after the launch of the new lifeboat on 3 December.

1890
Robert Williams, a helper, fell whilst running alongside the lifeboat on 7 November, and one of the wheels of the carriage passed over him and he was killed.  Committee of Management voted £100 to local fund.

1892
Arthur Whalley, a helper, fell under the carriage wheels whilst lifeboat was being taken out on service on 8 August 1892 and was killed.  Committee of Management voted £100 to local fund.

1893
Station to be known in future as Llandudno instead of Ormes Head as at present.

1894
Launching poles supplied.

1899
Owing to high charges, used of horses was discontinued and more helpers were employed.

1903
New lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £1,300.

1908
The death of John Williams was attributed to severe exposure on service on 22 February.  Committee of Management voted £100 to dependants.

1919
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain John Owen for the rescue of two people from the schooner Ada Mary of Liverpool on 27 March 1919.  The service was carried out in a north-westerly gale with a very heavy sea which, after burying the lifeboat three times before reaching the wreck, compelled the lifeboat to put into Colwyn Bay where the men were landed and the lifeboat drawn up.

1939
On 1 June HM Submarine Thetis dived whilst on trials in Liverpool Bay.  Llandudno lifeboat took out a doctor to the destroyer Somali.  Ninety-nine lives were lost in this submarine disaster – four escaped by means of the Davis apparatus.

1961
A anniversary Centenary Vellum awarded.

1965
A D Class lifeboat sent to station in May.

1974
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Robert Jones in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when the inshore lifeboat rescued a member of the crew of a sailing dinghy which went on the rocks at Little Orme, Llandudno Bay, in a fresh north easterly wind and a very rough sea on 27 April.

1990
A special framed certificate was presented to the station in recognition of the services carried out by them under extremely difficult circumstances between 26 February and 1 March when, during hurricane force north westerly winds and very high tides, the area of Towyn and Pensarn suffered severe flooding.  Llandudno lifeboatmen strove tirelessly for up to 16 hours each day and succeeded in helping over two hundred people to safety.

1991
Alterations were made to the boathouse to accommodate the new Mersey class lifeboat.  This included the installation of new steel concertina type main doors, a new boarding/viewing platform and a new 600 gallon fuel storage tank.

1996
D class lifeboat D508 was placed on service on 2 October.

1997
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to Craig Roberts, duty officer at the Marina office at Conwy in recognition of his vigilance, initiative and prompt action when on 13 June he launched the marina’s dory after he heard cries for help emanating from outside the marina basin.  On finding the direction of the shouts for help he found two people in the water, an exhausted woman was clinging to the stern ladder of a yacht and a man was holding onto an inflatable dinghy.  He hauled both people on board and took them back to the marina. 

2010
The Trustees of the RNLI at their meeting on 3 November confirmed an anniversary Vellum to acknowledge the completion of 150 years service as a lifeboat station for 2011.

MEDAL RECORD
One Bronze medal awarded in 1919.