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Scarborough Lifeboat Station

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Celebrating over 200 years as a lifeboat station, Scarborough is one of the oldest stations. 35 awards for gallantry have been presented. The station has also seen tragedy with 15 crew losing their lives saving others at sea. 

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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08/09/2014 12:24
28/08/2014 19:19
23/08/2014 12:57
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Station address:

Scarborough Lifeboat Station
West Pier
Foreshore Road
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 1PB

Station telephone:

01723 360520

Station opening times:

10am–4pm Monday–Friday 

Group visits by appointment

Visitor contact:

John Porter

Visitor contact telephone:

07789 502716

Shop telephone:

01723 373704

Shop opening times:

January–23 March
Saturday–Sunday
10am–4pm

23 March–31 October
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm

November–December
Thursday–Sunday
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 Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the Rohilla rescue

    The Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew

  • The stricken Rohilla and rescuers.

    The stricken Rohilla and rescuers.

  • Raven performing

    Raven performing

  • L-R: Minnie Raper, Gladys Freeman, Lyn Garforth and Judith Hargreaves

    L-R: Minnie Raper, Gladys Freeman, Lyn Garforth and Judith Hargreaves

  • Managing director Nigel Wood, left, and practice manager Kirsty Colbeck are pictured with Colin Woodhead of Scarborough RNLI

    Managing director Nigel Wood, left, and practice manager Kirsty Colbeck are pictured with Colin Wood

  • From left, Colin Woodhead, Paul Atterbury, Barry Robinson, Ken Kitson, Declan Harrison and Paul Harrison.

    From left, Colin Woodhead, Paul Atterbury, Barry Robinson, Ken Kitson, Declan Harrison and Paul Harr

  • The Modeste, under tow from Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat

    The Modeste, under tow from Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat

  • All-weather lifeboat crew Will Cammish, left, and Heath Samples with the stricken vessel

    All-weather lifeboat crew Will Cammish, left, and Heath Samples with the stricken vessel

  • Ken Kitson, left, with Colin Woodhead.

    Ken Kitson, left, with Colin Woodhead.

  • L-R: Colin Woodhead accepts a cheque from Gladys Freeman, Minnie Raper, Lyn Garforth and Judith Hargreaves.

    L-R: Colin Woodhead accepts a cheque from Gladys Freeman, Minnie Raper, Lyn Garforth and Judith Harg

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • MC Alan Hargreaves dressed as an old lifeboatman

    MC Alan Hargreaves dressed as an old lifeboatman

  • Hit the surf

    Hit the surf

  • Hit the surf

    Hit the surf

  • Boat pullers

    Boat pullers

  • Zumba

    Zumba

  • Boat pull

    Heave!

  • L-R: Dave Jackson, Emily Jackson, Amy Crowther and Charlotte Cook.

    L-R: Dave Jackson, Emily Jackson, Amy Crowther and Charlotte Cook.

  • 'RNLI Lookout' by Alex Wilkinson

    'RNLI Lookout' by Alex Wilkinson

  • Alex is presented with his award

    Alex is presented with his award

  • Matt Jones

    Matt Jones

  • Gaz Blacklock

    Gaz Blacklock

  • Scarborough RNLI's all-weather lifeboat

    Scarborough RNLI's all-weather lifeboat

  • A Shannon and Supacat

    A Shannon and Supacat

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • Archive image of Scarborough RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, helmed by Rudi Barman

    Archive image of Scarborough RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, helmed by Rudi Barman

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • L-R: Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth, Pauline Brown and Judith Hargreaves get in the mood to dance

    L-R: Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth, Pauline Brown and Judith Hargreaves get in the mood to dance

  • L-R: Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth, Pauline Brown and Judith Hargreaves get in the mood to dance

    L-R: Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth, Pauline Brown and Judith Hargreaves get in the mood to dance

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • Raven at the lifeboathouse, from left, Sarah Dew, Pat Edmond, Jaye Lewis, Nia Davidson and Karen Chalmers

    Raven at the lifeboathouse, from left, Sarah Dew, Pat Edmond, Jaye Lewis, Nia Davidson and Karen Cha

  • Raven at the lifeboathouse, from left, Sarah Dew, Pat Edmond, Jaye Lewis, Nia Davidson and Karen Chalmers

    Raven at the lifeboathouse, from left, Sarah Dew, Pat Edmond, Jaye Lewis, Nia Davidson and Karen Cha

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • The inshore lifeboat brings the casualty to the Golden Ball slipway

    The inshore lifeboat brings the casualty to the Golden Ball slipway

  • The inshore lifeboat brings the casualty to the Golden Ball slipway

    The inshore lifeboat brings the casualty to the Golden Ball slipway

  • LPO

    LPO

  • Photo submitted by a member of the public showing the boat being rescued

    Photo submitted by a member of the public showing the boat being rescued

  • The all-weather lifeboat launches

    The all-weather lifeboat launches

  • The all-weather lifeboat launches

    The all-weather lifeboat launches

  • The all-weather lifeboat launches

    The all-weather lifeboat launches

  • Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry

    Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry

  • Could you haul this 400kg boat up a launch slipway?

    Could you haul this 400kg boat up a launch slipway?

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • Dancers from a Caribbean carnival take photos of each other with the lifeboat and helicopter behind them

    Dancers from a Caribbean carnival take photos of each other with the lifeboat and helicopter behind

  • For the last time in its history, a Sea King teams up with Scarborough RNLI on exercise

    For the last time in its history, a Sea King teams up with Scarborough RNLI on exercise

  • Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather launches through hundreds of holidaymakers

    Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather launches through hundreds of holidaymakers

  • The mayor is prepared for her trip

    The mayor is prepared for her trip

  • The inshore lifeboat is launched

    The inshore lifeboat is launched

  • The mayor, Cllr Pat Marsburg, and mayoress, Hilary Groves, are pictured with lifeboat personnel, L-R, Tom Clark, Rudi Barman, Carl Walsh, Colin Woodhead and George Whitlow

    The mayor, Cllr Pat Marsburg, and mayoress, Hilary Groves, are pictured with lifeboat personnel, L-R

  • Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

    Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

  • Carl Walsh is lowered from the Sea King to the lifeboat

    Carl Walsh is lowered from the Sea King to the lifeboat

  • Photo shows lifeboat crewman, lifeguard and exercise ‘casualty’ Carl Walsh being winched from the sea during Armed Forces Day last month

    Photo shows lifeboat crewman, lifeguard and exercise ‘casualty’ Carl Walsh being winched from the se

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • Val Johnson and Camra members at the North Riding brew-pub

    Val Johnson and Camra members at the North Riding brew-pub

  • dave Barry

    dave Barry

  • L-R: Les Roberts, Matt Jones, Lee Marton, Wave Crookes and Neil Thornton.

    L-R: Les Roberts, Matt Jones, Lee Marton, Wave Crookes and Neil Thornton.

  • The cyclists arrive at Scarborough lifeboat station

    The cyclists arrive at Scarborough lifeboat station

  • The weary cyclists are pictured at Scarborough lifeboat station with Lee Marton, right, Matt Jones, second right, and Wave Crookes, fourth right.

    The weary cyclists are pictured at Scarborough lifeboat station with Lee Marton, right, Matt Jones,

  • The weary cyclists are pictured at Scarborough lifeboat station with Lee Marton, right, Matt Jones, second right, and Wave Crookes, fourth right.

    The weary cyclists are pictured at Scarborough lifeboat station with Lee Marton, right, Matt Jones,

  • Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry

    Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry

  • Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat

    Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat

  • Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter

    Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter

  • Scarborough's lifeboats and the RAF Sea King helicopter

    Scarborough's lifeboats and the RAF Sea King helicopter

  • Scarborough's two lifeboats and the RAF Sea King helicopter

    Scarborough's two lifeboats and the RAF Sea King helicopter

  • Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat and the RAF Sea King

    Scarborough's relief all-weather lifeboat and the RAF Sea King

  • The inshore lifeboat

    The inshore lifeboat

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • Enid Bennett of the Inner Wheel presents a cheque for £3,333 to Scarborough RNLI chair Colin Woodhead, right.

    Enid Bennett of the Inner Wheel presents a cheque for £3,333 to Scarborough RNLI chair Colin Woodhea

  • dave Barry

    dave Barry

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • L-R, station mechanic Dave Horsley, fundraiser Ros Jones, senior coxswain Tom Clark and lifeboat operations manager John Senior

    L-R, station mechanic Dave Horsley, fundraiser Ros Jones, senior coxswain Tom Clark and lifeboat ope

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • more action

    more action

  • Action on the crease

    Action on the crease

  • The teams which took part

    The teams which took part

  • An RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in action.

    A Shannon class lifeboat

  • The artist’s illustration shows how Scarborough RNLI’s new lifeboat station will look from the promenade.

    Artist's impression of Scarborough's new RNLI lifeboat staton

  • The artist’s illustration shows how the new lifeboat station will look from the beach.

    Artist's impression of he new Scarborough lifeboat station

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • Kath, back right, with lifeboatmen enjoying themselves at her pub

    Kath, back right, with lifeboatmen enjoying themselves at her pub

  • Scarborough cricket match

    Scarborough cricket match

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • L-R: Nicky Ridley, Amy Crowther, Charlotte Cook, Emily Jackson, Tom Clark, Dave Jackson, Lee Marton and Keith Eade.

    Eight of the runners taking part

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • RNLI personnel Lee Marton, Sam Baker, Matt Marks and Dave Horsley (back row, L-R) accept a cheque for £2,500 from some of the rowers who took part.

    RNLI personnel Lee Marton, Sam Baker, Matt Marks and Dave Horsley (back row, L-R) accept a cheque fo

  • Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

    Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

  • Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

    Scarborough RNLI volunteer press officer Dave Barry

  • Scarborough's inshore lifeboat on exercise

    Scarborough's inshore lifeboat on exercise

  • L-R: Liz Ashworth, Judith Hargreaves, Alan Hargreaves, Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth and Helen Boot

    L-R: Liz Ashworth, Judith Hargreaves, Alan Hargreaves, Gladys Freeman, Lynne Garforth and Helen Boot

  • David Barry

    David Barry

  • John Senior gets a helping hand and encouragement from lifeboat crew, L-R, Carl Walsh, Rudi Barman and Matt Marks

    John Senior gets a helping hand and encouragement from lifeboat crew, L-R, Carl Walsh, Rudi Barman a

  • The centenary of one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast has prompted a double appeal from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    The Whitby RNLI crew who were involved in the Rohila rescue

  • The centenary of one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast has prompted a double appeal from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    The restored William Riley lifeboat

  • The centenary of one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast has prompted a double appeal from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    2. The Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the Rohilla rescue.

  • The centenary of one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast has prompted a double appeal from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    The stricken Rohilla and rescuers.

  • Scarborough RNLI donation

    Scarborough RNLI donation

  • dave Barry

    dave Barry

  • Photo shows Dave Horsley, left, accepting a cheque from Bill Scott, Shirley Carter, Sandra Murray, Kath Saville, Lilian Phillips and Chris Greening.

    Photo shows Dave Horsley, left, accepting a cheque from Bill Scott, Shirley Carter, Sandra Murray, K

  • Dave Barry

    Dave Barry

  • Spelling it out ...

    Spelling it out ...

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name:
 Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs

Lifeboat class: Mersey class

Funded by: Bequest of Frank Stubbs

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat


Lifeboat name: John Wesley Hillard III

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Gifts from Gay and Peter Hartley's Hillards Charitable Trust, The Hartley Charitable Trust, Simon Robert Hillard Hartley and N&P Hartley Memorial Trust

Read more about the D class

 

 

The Scarborough Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest stations in the British Isles and was founded in 1801.  A lifeboat was built in 1801 at Scarborough from the plans and moulds of Henry Greathead and was supported by voluntary subscriptions and donations.  The first service of this boat was on 2 November 1801 when she rescued the crew of seven from the Aurora of Newcastle.  The original boathouse was situated near the Mill Beck which ran underneath the present Spa Bridge stands.

With the history of the Scarborough lifeboats, especially the Queensbury’s, one famous name will always be linked – that of John Owston who retired in 1911 after being coxswain for 41 years, 24 of which served in the Queensbury lifeboats.  Altogether he took part in the rescue of 230 lives.  He won the Silver Medal for gallantry in October 1880, when in the course of 24 hours in very heavy weather the lifeboat was launched five times and rescued every life in danger – 28 in all.  In 1902 he was presented by King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, with two silver mounted pipes.

1824
Silver Medals awarded to James Fowler and Smith Tindall for their gallant conduct in the lifeboat when she rescued the crew of seven from the ship Hebe of Sunderland, which was in distress off Scarborough on 11 October 1924.

1826
The lifeboat house was removed to a site near the west pier.

1828
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Thomas Clayburn, and monetary awards to four other men for the rescue, by means of a small boat, of eight of the crew of the ship Centurion which was wrecked at Osgodby on 9 January 1928.

1836
The second lifeboat built in 1822 by voluntary subscriptions capsized with the loss of 10 of her crew.  They were Joseph Allen, Thomas Boyes, John Clayburn, Thomas Cross, John Owston Dale, James Day, Richard Marchman, James Maw, Thomas Walker, Joseph Waugh.

1857
Silver Medal awarded to Henry Wyrill for putting off with five others in his boat and rescuing the crew of five of the brigantine Elizabeth of Sunderland, which was wrecked off Scarborough on 14 November 1856.

Silver Second-Service Clasp awarded to Thomas Clayburn, who had been coxswain of the Scarborough lifeboat for 40 years. 

1861
The station was taken over by the RNLI.

The first of the Institution’s lifeboats, the Amelia, was put on service.  On her first launch on service on 2 November 1861, she was dashed against the Spa Wall while endeavouring to rescue the crew of the schooner Coupland, which was wrecked in the South Bay.  Two of the lifeboat crew, John Burton and Thomas Brewster and three spectators, Lord Charles Beauclerk, W Tindall and J Iles, lost their lives attempting to save the lives of others.  The Institution gave £25 to the local fund for each of the two members of the crew and awarded posthumous Silver Medals to the three spectators who lost their lives.  Silver Medals were also awarded to Michael Hick, Joseph Rutter and Oliver Sarony for their efforts from the shore.

1862
Lifeboat capsized whilst on exercise without loss of life.

1864
Member of crew washed out on service but was rescued.

1880
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain John Owston for going out five times in the lifeboat during a severe gale on 28/29 October 1880 and assisting to rescue the crews numbering 28 people, from five different wrecks.

1911
Coxswain J Owston and a member of the crew named Plummer were washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service on 13 December, but were recovered without loss of life.

1928
A Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1951
A 150th year commemorative Vellum awarded.

When the lifeboat was being hauled up after an exercise on 13 December, the carriage ran over the legs of George Bayes, a 17 year old helper and his right leg was broken.

1952
Bronze Medals awarded to Coxswain John N Sheader, Assistant Motor Mechanic Thomas J Mainprize and posthumously to Bowman Frank Dalton, when the lifeboat rescued 10 people from the Dutch motor vessel Westkust on 9 December 1951.  Bowman Dalton was crushed between the lifeboat and the vessel and died during the service.  His widow received a pension from the Institution.

1954
Lifeboat capsized on service with the loss of three of her crew of eight, Coxswain J Sheader, Second Coxswain John H Cammish and signalman Frank Bayes.  Their dependants were pensioned by the Institution.  Local fund amounted to £3,900 of which the dependants received £2,100; the balance has been utilised for an insurance on the lives of the Scarborough lifeboat crews, if one or more of the crew lose their lives on service the insurance will pay £1,500 in total.

Memorial plaques were fitted to the window of the south side of the lifeboat house which can be seen from outside and inside and two teak seats, bearing suitable inscriptions, stand on a platform running along the south side of the lifeboat house.

1955
Princess Alexandra paid a private visit to the lifeboathouse and was introduced at her own request to the next-of-kin of those men who lost their lives on service in 1954.

1858
The first of the new 37ft self righting Oakley type lifeboat sent to station.

1966
D class lifeboat sent to the station in April.

A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution sent to each member of the lifeboat crew for standing by the oil rig Neptune I throughout the night of 16/17 November in squalls of up to 90 knots in seas of up to 35 feet.  The oil rig had requested a lifeboat in case the crew abandoned the rig.

1968
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution sent to C J Bean and R Swalwell, who manned the inshore lifeboat on 1 June, when she proceeded on service to the help of a child who had fallen over the cliffs at Gristhorpe.  Mr Bean went over the side to clear the area of help while Mr Swalwell rowed the ILB towards the shore.  Unfortunately the child was found to be dead on arrival.

1970
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain William Sheader for a remarkable service in taking the lifeboat in amongst dangerous outcrops of rock and saving a man from the sea after the capsize of the motor boat Sheena on 23 November 1969.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was awarded to the other members of the crew.

The Maud Smith award for the bravest act of life-saving carried out by a member of a lifeboat crew in 1969 was won jointly by Coxswain Eric Offer of Dun Laoghaire and Coxswain William Sheader of Scarborough.

1973
Bronze Medal awarded to Acting Coxswain Thomas Rowley in recognition of his courage and seamanship when the lifeboat saved the ex-HDML Eun Mara An Tar and rescued her crew of four when the vessel was in difficulty with a broken steering gear six miles east-south-east of Scarborough in a storm force north-north-westerly wind and a very rough sea on 29 September 1973.

1991
Boathouse adapted to accommodate the new Mersey class lifeboat.  This included the heightening of the main door and the provision of a new fuel storage tank.  A side extension to the boathouse was also constructed to provide a souvenir outlet, shore helpers store, a drying room and a workshop.

1992
HRH The Duchess of Kent, named the station’s new Mersey class lifeboat, the Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs at West Pier car park on 9 September.

1994
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic Richard Constantine in recognition of his seamanship, skill and determination when on the evening of 12 August he repeatedly manoeuvred the Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs lifeboat close to the seawall at North Bay in confused breaking seas in an attempt to rescue a person who had gone into the sea to save a dog.

1995
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to Helmsman Paul Stonehouse for the way he kept control of the situation in conditions bordering on the operational limits of the D class lifeboat, on the 27 August when the lifeboat rescued four surfboarders in heavy breaking swell reflecting off the sea wall and a north westerly Force 6/7 wind in North Bay.

1999
Relief D class lifeboat D488 capsized whilst on exercise on 9 January.

2001
Bicentenary Vellum awarded to the station in celebration of 200 years of service.

2003
Former Coxswain/Mechanic Richard Constantine awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

2009
The new station IB1 D class lifeboat D724 John Wesley Hillard III was placed on service on 13 December. This lifeboat was funded by generous donations from Gay & Peter Hartley’s Charitable Trust and others.

MEDAL RECORD
Seventeen medals have been awarded, 13 Silver and four Bronze, the last being voted in 1973.