Just one mile north east of Land's End, Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station has a new state-of-the-art Tamar class lifeboat. The station also operates a D class inshore 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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A volunteer crew member from Sennen Cove who has dedicated almost 50 years to the RNLI has finally hung up his lifejacket for the last time.
Coastal fatality figures* released today (24 July) reveal 32 people accidentally lost their lives on the south west coast last year.
The late May Bank Holiday saw a different type of action for the volunteers at the Penlee lifeboat station.
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Sennen Cove Lifeboat StationSennen CoveCornwallTR19 7DF
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Monday–Wednesday10.30am–4.30pmThursdaysClosedFriday - Sunday10.30am–4.40pm
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Lifeboat name: City of London III
Lifeboat class: Tamar
Funded by: Generous donations to the City of London Committee and the Local Cornish Appeal
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Lifeboat name: Spirit of the RLC
Lifeboat class: D class
Funded by: Royal Logistics Corp
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1853The lifeboat station was established and the boathouse was built at the head of the beach.
1864The boathouse was rebuilt for the station’s new lifeboat.
1868Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain M Nichols and Coastguard Officer S Morrison for the rescue of the only survivor of the lighter Devon.
1876A new boathouse was built on the landward side of the cover road. Lifeboats at this time were carriage launched.
1896A boathouse, carriage house and slipway were built.
1909A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Henry Nicholas for the service to the ship Fairport.
1919A new slipway was built for the station’s first motor lifeboat, which was launched by trolley.
A Silver Medal and three Bronze Medals were awarded for the rescue of eight crew from the wrecked steamship Falmouth Castle.
Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain Henry Nicholas and Second Coxswain Thomas Pender and Bronze Medals to 12 crew members for rescuing eight people from a motor launch. Henry Nicholas Jnr, crew member at the age of 17, received a Bronze Medal. He became coxswain of the lifeboat in 1959.
1923The station was adapted for the motor lifeboat.
1953A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.
1964A second Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Henry Nicholas for the rescue of five crew of five from the burning Belgian trawler Victoire Roger.
1978A Silver Medal was posthumously awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic H E Pengilly when the lifeboat was launched to search for the coaster Union Crystal. The coaster subsequently sank and one survivor was picked up by helicopter. Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellums were awarded to the six lifeboat crew.
1979A special framed certificate was awarded to the Coxswain and crew for their services to several yachts in difficulties during the Fastnet Race on 14 August.
1981A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Maurice Hutchens when the lifeboat rescued seven crew from the Icelandic coaster Tungufoss. The coaster eventually sank.
1991The new Mersey class lifeboat, The Four Boys, arrived on station.
1994An inshore, D class, lifeboat was sent to the station for one season’s evaluation.
1995An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was permanently established.
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Terence George when, together with the Penlee lifeboat, the Sennen Cove lifeboat assisted in the rescue of five people and the saving of the fishing vessel Julian Paul.
1996A new D class lifeboat was placed on service.
1999The boathouse was adapted and the new Tyne class lifeboat arrived in January.
2003The station was awarded an Anniversary Vellum to commemorate 150 years of lifesaving.
2004The new class of lifeboat IB1, D624 Spirit of the RLC, was placed on service on Thursday 22 July. D490 has been withdrawn.
2008A new Mechanic’s/D class boathouse completed in May at a cost of £273,000.
At a meeting held on 5 November the Trustees resolved that Sennen Cove would be allocated a Tamar class lifeboat in October 2009.
2009The necessary adaptation to house the Tamar class lifeboat was completed in September at a total cost of £4,000,000.
2010The new Tamar class lifeboat ON1294 City of London III was placed on service on 7 January. ON1121 has been withdrawn. This lifeboat was funded by generous donations to the City of London Committee and the Local Cornish Appeal.
For services to the Institution, Second Coxswain Philip Charles Shannon has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the recent Birthday Honours; - Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).
At Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 6
Bronze Medal 17
Silver Medal 8
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