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Southwold Lifeboat Station

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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. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/05/2014 16:17
07/05/2014 12:26
05/05/2014 16:04
21/04/2014 12:35
12/04/2014 12:25
22/03/2014 15:03
17/03/2014 03:54
10/03/2014 14:48
02/02/2014 13:25
05/01/2014 12:35

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Station address:

Southwold Lifeboat Station
Ferry Road
Southwold
Suffolk
IP18 6NB

Station telephone:

01502 723355

Station opening times:

By appointment only
Don't miss: crew training – 7pm–9pm most Thursdays

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking and disabled access

Visitor contact:

Gary Doy

Visitor contact telephone:

07768 556106

Shop opening times:

25 May–30 September
11am–4pm​

 

 

RNLI crew 

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.

  • Lowestoft's Tyne class all weather lifeboat 'Spirit of Lowestoft' returning to its home port

    Lowestoft all weather lifeboat 'Spirit of Lowestoft'

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    Coastguard and police at Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat station

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    Lowestoft lifeboat and coastguard rescue helicopter

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    Lowestoft and flank stations assist in search

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    2013 stats infographic

  • Library picture of RNLI lifeguards

    Library picture of RNLI lifeguards

  • Library picture of a D class inshore lifeboat

    Library picture of a D class inshore lifeboat

  • Lowestoft and Southwold lifeboats at sea together in 2011

    Lowestoft and Southwold lifeboats at sea together

  • Actor Bernard Hill promotes Southwold lighthouse abseil

    Actor Bernard Hill promotes Southwold lighthouse abseil

  • Southwold RNLI lifeboat (library shot)

    Southwold RNLI lifeboat

  • Stars come out for RNLI Charity Abseil

    Stars come out for RNLI Charity Abseil

  • Stars come out for RNLI Charity Abseil

    Stars come out for RNLI Charity Abseil

  • RNLI figures highlight summer continues to be busy for East Anglia

    RNLI figures highlight summer continues to be busy for East Anglia

  • RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Launched to Help Rescue a Stranded Whale

    Aldeburgh crew were tasked to a stranded fin whale in August 2012

  • RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Launched to Dramatic Rescue in Severe Weather Conditions

    Aldeburgh's roughest rescue of 2012, to a rudderless yacht in June 2012

  • Suffolk RNLI stations buck national trend with 50% increase in shouts

    Soutthwold crew provided first aid to casualties whose yacht later broke up completely, August 2012

  • Suffolk RNLI stations buck national trend with 50% increase in shouts

    Southwold provided first aid to casualties whose yacht later broke up completely, August 2012

  • Lowestoft RNLI volunteer crew rescue 11 from sinking boat

    Lowestoft rescue 11 from a sinking dive boat in July 2012

  • Lifeboat charity calls on swimmers to sign up for Great East Swim

    Lifeboat charity calls on swimmers to sign up for Great East Swim

  • Southwold RNLI lifeboat crew hold special open day for social network followers

    Southwold RNLI

  • Lowestoft RNLI volunteer crew rescue 11 from sinking boat

    Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat comes to the aid of sinking dive boat

  • RNLI Aldeburgh Lifeboat Launched to Dramatic Rescue in Severe Weather Conditions

    Aldeburgh RNLI lifeboat on the roughest rescue of the summer

Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Leslie Tranmer

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic)

Funded by: The Annie Tranmer Charitable Trust

Read more about the B class (Atlantic)

​1841
A lifeboat was placed at Southwold by the Southwold Lifeboat Society and a boathouse was built under the North Cliff.

1849
A Silver Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain John Fisher for rescuing two men from the brigantine Ury on 4 December 1948.

1854
Silver 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.

1858
In February the Southwold lifeboat, a large sailing boat, capsized during an exercise and three people lost their lives.

1859
Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain Benjamin Herrington and Second Coxswain John Craigie for saving 11 people from the brigantine Lucinde.

1866
A second station was established.

1895
Silver 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.

1898
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Craigie on his retirement.

1911
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain S May for saving the barge Beryl.

1925
A 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.

1927
A 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.

1940
The lifeboat Mary Scott was one of 19 RNLI lifeboats that helped to bring off the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May.

1963
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in July with a D class lifeboat.

1966
An ILB boathouse was built at Blackshore and the ILB was launched stern first down a short slipway into the river.

1972
Bronze Medals awarded to Crew Members Patrick Pile and Martin Helmer for rescuing three people from a capsized motor dinghy.

1973
The D class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.

1981
A 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.

1983
A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman Roger Trigg for assisting the fishing vessels Broadside and Ecstasy.

1985
A Vellum was awarded to the station to commemorate 120 years as a lifeboat station.

1989
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Jonathan Adnams for rescuing four people from the fishing vessel Aquamanda II.

1990
The 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.

1993
A new boathouse was built near the harbour entrance, providing housing for the B Atlantic 21 lifeboat and crew facilities.

1998
The new Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-750 Leslie Tranmer, was placed on service on 28 October.

Station honours

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