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Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

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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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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
24/01/2014 21:19
15/09/2013 07:59
21/08/2013 17:19
07/08/2013 10:15
07/08/2013 10:10
05/08/2013 15:30
26/07/2013 16:00
22/07/2013 04:37
14/07/2013 18:12
13/07/2013 20:16

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Forecasts for Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    9°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    9°C
  • Maximum:
    10°C
  • Monday
  • Light rain shower (Day)
  • Minimum:
    10°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C

This is the tide forecast for Sennen.

Thursday 17/4

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 01:08 0.8m
High 06:39 5.6m
Low 13:28 0.8m
High 18:59 5.6m
  • First Light: 05:47
  • Sunrise: 06:22
  • Sunset: 20:21
  • Last Light: 20:55

Friday 18/4

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 01:46 0.8m
High 07:17 5.5m
Low 14:06 0.9m
High 19:38 5.5m
  • First Light: 05:45
  • Sunrise: 06:20
  • Sunset: 20:22
  • Last Light: 20:57

Saturday 19/4

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 02:26 0.9m
High 07:58 5.3m
Low 14:46 1m
High 20:21 5.3m
  • First Light: 05:43
  • Sunrise: 06:18
  • Sunset: 20:24
  • Last Light: 20:59

This is the surf forecast for Sennen.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Thu 17/4 6am 100 1.8ft 10secs 100.3
Noon 100 1.8ft 10secs 100.69
6pm 100 1.8ft 10secs 101.55
Fri 18/4 6am 85 1.5ft 9secs 103.24
Noon 100 1.6ft 11secs 107.24
6pm 100 1.6ft 11secs 109.1
Sat 19/4 6am 100 1.8ft 11secs 108.75
Noon 100 1.8ft 10secs 108.03
6pm 100 1.7ft 10secs 107.13
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 9
  • 06:00
  • 7
  • 12:00
  • 12
  • 18:00
  • 14
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 10
  • 06:00
  • 9
  • 12:00
  • 10
  • 18:00
  • 7
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 5
  • 06:00
  • 9
  • 12:00
  • 13
  • 18:00
  • 15
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 10
  • 06:00
  • 12
  • 12:00
  • 16
  • 18:00
  • 19
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 18
  • 06:00
  • 16
  • 12:00
  • 15
  • 18:00
  • 17

Station address:

Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station
Sennen Cove
Cornwall
TR19 7DF

Station telephone:

01736 871222

Station opening times:

9am–5pm daily

Visitor contact:

Terry George

Visitor contact telephone:

01736 871222

Shop telephone:

01736 871615

Shop opening times:

Monday–Wednesday
10.30am–4.30pm

Thursdays
Closed

Friday - Sunday
10.30am–4.40pm
 

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.

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • The view of the tow from the casualty yacht as taken by Deputy Second Coxswain Dan Shannon who was put onboard the boat to help with the tow as the single handed sailor was ill.

    The view from the casualty vessel as its towed back

  • The yacht on which the lone sailor was with its sails in tatters after a battering from the conditions. The picture was taken by an RNLI crew volunteer in the Y boat.

    The rescued yacht with sails in tatters

  • The view from the casualty yacht of the Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat towing her to Newlyn. Picture taken by Dan Shannon, Deputy Second Coxswain who was put aboard the yacht.

    The storm battered yacht under tow

  • The storm battered yacht with its sails in tatters as photographed by crew volunteer Elliot Andrews.

    The storm battered yacht rescued off Sennen Cove

  • Cornish Pirates players Peter Joyce and Tom Channon lift RNLI lifeguard Charlotte Hewitt aloft as the two sides launch a charity partnership.

    Cornish Pirates lift RNLI lifeguard aloft

  • The joint Cornish Pirates and RNLI scrum marks the start of a charity partnership.

    The Cornish Pirates and RNLI scrum

  • Players from the Cornish Pirates rugby team join with RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers and lifeguards at Gwithian Beach to launch a charity partnership.

    The Cornish Pirates and the RNLI working together

  • Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception

    Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception-3

  • Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception

    Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception-2

  • Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception

    Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception

  • Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception

    Cornish RNLI lifeboat swaps Sennen Cove for the River Thames for special city fundraisers’ reception-1

  • State-of-the-art RNLI lifeboat now stationed at Sennen Cove

    State-of-the-art RNLI lifeboat now stationed at Sennen Cove

  • Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

    Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled-1

  • Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

    Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

  • Sennen, Penlee and St Marys RNLI lifeboat crews assist ocean rowers on route to Scilly

    Sennen, Penlee and St Marys RNLI lifeboat crews assist ocean rowers on route to Scilly

  • Sennen Cove RNLI take part in huge search for missing person

    Sennen Cove RNLI take part in huge search for missing person

  • Busy on the beaches with the arrival of sun and surf to the south west

    Busy on the beaches with the arrival of sun and surf to the south west

  • Two RNLI lifeboats assist as four are rescued after small boat capsizes off Land’s End

    Two RNLI lifeboats assist as four are rescued after small boat capsizes off Land’s End

  • HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

    HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

  • Crewman’s painting to support RNLI appeal for new Sennen Cove lifeboat

    Crewman’s painting to support RNLI appeal for new Sennen Cove lifeboat

  • RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

    RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • Sennen Cove Tamar class lifeboat City of London III 16-14. Shot looking alogside the port bow of the lifeboat, sunset.

    Sennen Cove Tamar class lifeboat at sunset

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-5

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-4

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-3

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-2

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-1

  • Two RNLI lifeboats launch to fishing vessel taking in water off West Cornwall

    Two RNLI lifeboats launch to fishing vessel taking in water off West Cornwall

  • Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI

    Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI-2

  • Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI

    Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI-3

  • Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI

    Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI-1

  • Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI

    Safe arrival in Falmouth for dismasted Polish sail training vessel escorted by the RNLI

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-4

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-3

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-2

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-1

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

  • MBE for long-standing RNLI lifeboat volunteer at Sennen Cove

    MBE for long-standing RNLI lifeboat volunteer at Sennen Cove

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-5

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-2

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-3

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-4

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-1

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

  • Sennen Cove RNLI witness the Wet Way Round Kayakers reach the half way stage

    Sennen Cove RNLI witness the Wet Way Round Kayakers reach the half way stage

  • City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove

    City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove-3

  • City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove

    City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove-2

  • City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove

    City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove-1

  • City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove

    City of London III christened at special RNLI naming ceremony in Sennen Cove

  • RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

    RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Test only St. Mary's RNLI rescue xmas

    The Whiteheads at rest

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-3

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-2

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-1

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Sennen Cove and St Ives RNLI respond to ship aground north east of Pendeen lighthouse

    Sennen Cove and St Ives RNLI respond to ship aground north east of Pendeen lighthouse

  • Three West Cornwall RNLI lifeboats in search for missing yachtswoman

    Library picture Penlee all-weather lifeboat

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

  • Marathon tow of fishing vessel by St Ives

    St Ives monitor the fishing boat

  • Marathon tow of fishing vessel by St Ives

    Fishing vessel under tow

  • Sennen

    Sennnen

  • 29182 - Rough seas at Sennen Cove Tim Stevens

    Rough seas at Sennen Cove

  • Sennen Cove tamar class lifeboat city of London III 16-14. Shot looking alogside the port bow of the lifeboat, sunset.

    Sennen Cove tamar class lifeboat city of London III 16-14. Shot looking alogside the port bow of the lifeboat, sunset.

  • Image of relief Tamar undertaking slipway trials at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station. Photo: Tim Stevens

    Relief Tamar undertaking slipway trials at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station. Photo: Tim Stevens

  • Storm lashed sailor rescued by Sennen Cove RNLI

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat towing a 24metre fishing boat

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
City of London III

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Funded by: Generous donations to the City of London Committee and the Local Cornish Appeal

Read more about the Tamar


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Spirit of the RLC

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Royal Logistics Corp

Read more about the D class

1853
The lifeboat station was established and the boathouse was built at the head of the beach.

1864
The boathouse was rebuilt for the station’s new lifeboat.

1868
Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain M Nichols and Coastguard Officer S Morrison for the rescue of the only survivor of the lighter Devon.

1876
A new boathouse was built on the landward side of the cover road. Lifeboats at this time were carriage launched.

1896
A boathouse, carriage house and slipway were built.

1909
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Henry Nicholas for the service to the ship Fairport.

1919
A 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.

1923
The station was adapted for the motor lifeboat.

1953
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1964
A second Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Henry Nicholas for the rescue of five crew of five from the burning Belgian trawler Victoire Roger.

1978
A 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.

1979
A 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.

1981
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Maurice Hutchens when the lifeboat rescued seven crew from the Icelandic coaster Tungufoss. The coaster eventually sank.

1991
The new Mersey class lifeboat, The Four Boys, arrived on station. 

1994
An inshore, D class, lifeboat was sent to the station for one season’s evaluation.

1995
An 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.

1996
A new D class lifeboat was placed on service.

1999
The boathouse was adapted and the new Tyne class lifeboat arrived in January.

2003
The station was awarded an Anniversary Vellum to commemorate 150 years of lifesaving.

2004
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D624 Spirit of the RLC, was placed on service on Thursday 22 July.  D490 has been withdrawn.

2008
A 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. 

2009
The necessary adaptation to house the Tamar class lifeboat was completed in September at a total cost of £4,000,000.

2010
The 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).

Station honours

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