The station’s lifeboat was one of 19 that took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. Over its 140-year history Southwold lifeboat crews have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry.
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.
An early-morning search involving two RNLI lifeboats, coastguard teams, the East of England ambulance service and the police, took place today (Monday 17 March) along the South Beach in Lowestoft - after a man had been seen going into the sea.
Volunteer crew members from three East Anglia lifeboat stations were involved in a major search exercise yesterday (March 10) amid fears people were missing following a boat capsize.
Lifeboat crews along the coast of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were kept incredibly busy in 2013, according to figures released by the RNLI charity today (28 January).
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Southwold Lifeboat StationFerry RoadSouthwoldSuffolkIP18 6NB
Station opening times:
By appointment onlyDon't miss: crew training – 7pm–9pm most Thursdays
Parking, disabled parking and disabled access
Visitor contact telephone:
Shop opening times:
25 May–30 September11am–4pm
25 May–30 September11am–4pm
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Lifeboat name: Leslie Tranmer
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic)
Funded by: The Annie Tranmer Charitable Trust
Read more about the B class (Atlantic)
1841A lifeboat was placed at Southwold by the Southwold Lifeboat Society and a boathouse was built under the North Cliff.
1849A Silver Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain John Fisher for rescuing two men from the brigantine Ury on 4 December 1948.
1854Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain Benjamin Herrington and Second Coxswain William Waters for rescuing nine crew from the brigantine Sheraton Grange on 29 November 1853.
The RNLI took over the lifeboat station.
1858In February the Southwold lifeboat, a large sailing boat, capsized during an exercise and three people lost their lives.
1859Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain Benjamin Herrington and Second Coxswain John Craigie for saving 11 people from the brigantine Lucinde.
1866A second station was established.
1895Silver Medals were awarded to Edward W Goldsmith, Thomas H Palmer and Alfred Took for saving four people from the wrecked vessel James and Eleanor.
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Craigie for ‘his long and gallant services’ over 48 years.
1898A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Craigie on his retirement.
1911The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain S May for saving the barge Beryl.
1925A Bronze Medal was awarded to James Gilings for rescuing a man on 26 November 1924.
The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.
1927A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Frank Upcraft for his efforts to rescue some of the crew of the steamer Georgia which ran around on the Haisborough Sands. Cromer and Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboats were also involved in this rescue.
1940The lifeboat Mary Scott was one of 19 RNLI lifeboats that helped to bring off the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May.
1963An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in July with a D class lifeboat.
1966An ILB boathouse was built at Blackshore and the ILB was launched stern first down a short slipway into the river.
1972Bronze Medals awarded to Crew Members Patrick Pile and Martin Helmer for rescuing three people from a capsized motor dinghy.
1973The D class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.
1981A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Roger Edward Trigg and Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Crew Member Jonathan Adnams and to A Chambers, the skipper of the fishing vessel Broadside, for helping to rescue the three crew of the fishing vessel Concord.
1983A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman Roger Trigg for assisting the fishing vessels Broadside and Ecstasy.
1985A Vellum was awarded to the station to commemorate 120 years as a lifeboat station.
1989The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Jonathan Adnams for rescuing four people from the fishing vessel Aquamanda II.
1990The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service performed by an Atlantic 21 lifeboat in 1989 was awarded to Helmsman Jonathan Adnams and Crew Members Marcus Gladwell and Paul Horsnell for the service to the fishing vessel Aquamanda II on 11 April 1989.
A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman Jonathan Adnams for rescuing the two crew from the yacht Haura.
1993A new boathouse was built near the harbour entrance, providing housing for the B Atlantic 21 lifeboat and crew facilities.
1998The new Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-750 Leslie Tranmer, was placed on service on 28 October.
At Southwold Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Framed Letter of Thanks 2
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 4
Bronze Medal 5
Silver Medal 10
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