Come and visit our lifeboat station for a fun, free and unique experience. Whether you’re a curious local or a holidaymaker looking for a family day out, you’re invited to meet the crew, see the lifeboats and immerse yourself in our rich history.
Over its 150-year history, Shoreham Harbour lifeboat crew have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry. The station was rebuilt in 2010 to accommodate its new Tamar class lifeboat.
Get a taster before you go and take a Google virtual tour of Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station. Designed for the station by local creative agency Crate47 and Google Trusted photographer Mike Page, this fantastic virtual tour also allows you to step aboard the station's Tamar class lifeboat, Enid Collett.
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The two all-weather lifeboats from Shoreham and Newhaven were launched on Friday 15 July after reports of a crewman overboard from a cargo ship in the shipping lanes in the Channel 24 miles off.
The new Shoreham RNLI inshore lifeboat was officially named by the family who donated the lifeboat's equivalent cost at a ceremony on Saturday 23 April.
Volunteer lifeboat crews from three RNLI stations in Sussex were launched this afternoon to search the sea after reports that a man jumped from Brighton Pier.
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Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat StationBrighton RoadShoreham-by-SeaWest SussexBN43 6RN
Station opening times:
10am–2pm weekdays10am–4pm weekends
Parking, disabled parking
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Specific 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.
Lifeboat name: Barry Lazell
Lifeboat class: D class
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Lifeboat name: Enid Collett
Lifeboat class: Tamar
Funded by: The generous bequests of Miss Enid Marjory Collett together with other gifts and legacies
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1843A Silver Medal was awarded to Coastguard Abraham Young for rescuing five men from the smack Prince Rupert.
1845A lifeboat was placed on service by the Shoreham Harbour Commissioners.
1865The RNLI established a station and a boathouse was built on Kingston Beach.
1870A slipway was built to improve launching.
1875A Silver Medal was awarded to William Sheader for attempting to rescue Robert Brasier who had drowned when the lifeboat capsized on exercise on 16 December 1874.
1924The station closed when the harbour’s entrance silted up.
1929The station was re-opened when the sand bar had disappeared. The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.
1933A new boathouse and slipway were built on Kingston Beach.
1940The Shoreham lifeboat Rosa Woodand Phyllis Lunn took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May.
1941A Silver Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain James Upperton and Bronze Medal to Motor Mechanic Henry Philcox for rescuing 22 people from the minesweeper President Briand.
1948A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain James Upperton for rescuing six crew from the yacht Gull.
1965The station was presented with a Centenary Vellum.
1967An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in July with a D class lifeboat.
1968A Framed Letter of Thanks was sent to the Coxswain and crew for saving the two crew from the yacht Jean Ann.
1972A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Fox and the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Assistant Mechanic Ken L Everard for rescuing the five crew from the drilling rig William Allpress on 19 October 1971.
19735 August:A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Fox for rescuing three crew from the yacht Albin Ballad. Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Assistant Mechanic Ken Everard and Crew Member Geoff Tugwell who leapt aboard the yacht to secure a towline.
20 September:The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain John Fox for rescuing the two crew from the yacht Lugger.
1977The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Michael Fox for rescuing three people from the capsized sailing dinghy Serendippy.
1980A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Kenneth Voice and The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Second Coxswain Kenneth Everard, Motor Mechanic Jack Silverson, Assistant Mechanic Michael Fox, Emergency Mechanics Geoff Tugwell and John Landale and Crew Member Peter Huxtable for rescuing the 26 crew from the cargo vessel Athina B. The rescue took 15 hours in gale force winds and violent seas.
1990The boathouse was adapted for the new Tyne class lifeboat, ON-1158 Hermione Lady Colwyn, which arrived at the station on 30 September.
1996The D class lifeboat, D-501 Forest Row Choir, was placed on service on 14 May.
1999The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Peter Huxtable for locating and towing in the yacht Trimley Maid in very rough seas and gusting force 9 winds on the evening of 2 June 1999.
2001A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain Peter Huxtable when the lifeboat rescued two people and saved the fishing vessel Stephanie B on 25 October 2000.
2005Coxswain Peter Huxtable was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours.
The new D class lifeboat Barry Lazell was placed on service.
2008At a meeting held on 5 November the Trustees resolved that Shoreham Harbour would be allocated a Tamar class lifeboat in early 2010.
2010A new boathouse completed in November at a total cost of £4,200,000. The new Tamar, class of lifeboat ON1295 Enid Collett was placed on service on 10 December 2010. This lifeboat was funded by the generous bequests of Miss Enid Marjory Collett together with other gifts and legacies.
2011The new boathouse was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent KG on Thursday 16 June
At Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Framed Letter of Thanks
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 11
Bronze Medal 3
Silver Medal 5
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