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St Abbs Lifeboat Station

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One of the main buildings in the harbour of the small fishing village of St Abbs is the lifeboat station, originally opened in 1911. The station now operates an inshore B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

 

Recent launches from this station

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12/09/2014 11:58
30/08/2014 18:39
30/08/2014 18:36
24/08/2014 10:32
13/08/2014 13:52
27/07/2014 11:37
02/07/2014 15:24
01/07/2014 08:11
02/06/2014 18:31
13/04/2014 12:22

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Station address:

St Abbs Lifeboat Station
Middle Pier
St Abbs
Eyemouth
TD14 5QF

Station telephone:

01890 771250

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Alistair Crowe

Visitor contact telephone:

01890 771250

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.

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

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    DLPO

  • Lifeboat in St Abbs Harbour

    Libary Image St Abbs Lifeboat in Harbour

  • DLPO

    DLPO

  • Coldingham lifeguards Geo Ceccarelli and Jamie Lindsay

    Lifeguards Geo Ceccarelli and Jamie Lindsay

  • Coldingham lifeguard Jamie Lindsay in action

    Coldingham lifeguard Jamie Lindsay in action

  • Coldingham lifeguards

    Coldingham lifeguards

  • St Abbs and Eyemouth RNLI respond to stricken fishing vessel

    St Abbs and Eyemouth RNLI respond to stricken fishing vessel

  • Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats

    Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats-2

  • Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats

    Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats-1

  • Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats

    Angling boat escorted to safety in deteriorating weather by three RNLI lifeboats

  • St Abbs RNLI gives tour to Scout group

    St Abbs RNLI gives tour to Scout group

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • St Abbs RNLI launches to a car over the cliff

    St Abbs RNLI launches to a car over the cliff

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  • Vinnie the Fox at St Abbs RNLI

  • St Abbs RNLI hosts charity sailor

    St Abbs RNLI hosts charity sailor

  • Chernobyl children visit St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station

    Chernobyl children visit St Abbs RNLI lifeboat station

  • St Abbs RNLI lifeboats to benefit from school donation

    St Abbs RNLI lifeboats to benefit from school donation

  • St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat recovers a canoe

    St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat recovers a canoe

  • Berwickshire RNLI lifeboats to benefit from school donation

    Berwickshire RNLI lifeboats to benefit from school donation

  • Purely Scottish respond to RNLI SOS appeal

    Purely Scottish respond to RNLI SOS appeal

  • Three RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to crew from Dungeness, Exmouth and St Abbs lifeboat stations

    Three RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to crew from Dungeness, Exmouth and St Abbs lifeboat stations-1

  • Three RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to crew from Dungeness, Exmouth and St Abbs lifeboat stations

    Three RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to crew from Dungeness, Exmouth and St Abbs lifeboat stations

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • St Abbs RNLI hold a sunny Gala Day

    St Abbs RNLI hold a sunny Gala Day

  • Another bravery award for St Abbs bronze medallist

    Darren Crowe

  • St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue

    St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue-2

  • St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue

    St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue-1

  • St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue

    St Abbs volunteer to receive Gallantry Medal after treacherous cave rescue

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  • Overdue fishing vessel prompts call out for St Abbs RNLI

    St Abbs Atlantic 75

Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Dorothy and Katherine Barr II

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic)

Funded by: The Barr Trust

Read more about the B class (Atlantic)

1830
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coastguard Lieut Charles Shaw for rescuing four men from the sloop Peggy that went ashore on 28 August.

1832
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coastguard Mentor Annis for rescuing two men, two women and two children from the smack Forfarshire that was driven ashore in a storm on 5 October.

1835
Two Silver Medals were awarded to Coastguard Mentor Annis for rescuing two men from the schooner Bell that was wrecked in severe weather near Redheugh on 19 January.

1907
On 17 October, during a storm and in dense fog, the cargo vessel Alfred Erlandsen struck the Ebb Carr rocks. Lifeboats from Eyemouth and Dunbar attempted to rescue the 17 sailors on board but they all died. A local appeal was set up by Miss Jane Hay who had witnessed the loss of the entire crew and she repeatedly impressed upon the authorities the urgent need for a lifeboat at St Abbs.

1911
The RNLI established a lifeboat station; a slipway was built in the harbour and the lifeboat was kept in the open at the top of it. In recognition of her efforts Miss Jane Hay became the honorary secretary of the new station.

1915
A boathouse was built at the top of the slipway and this boathouse is still in use today.

1964
The boathouse was adapted for an Oakley class lifeboat.

1973
Coxswain James Wilson was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

1974
The all-weather lifeboat was withdrawn from service following the placing of a new 44ft Waveney class lifeboat at the neighbouring station of Eyemouth. An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat.

1977
Framed Letters of Thanks were presented to Helmsman Alistair Crow and Crew Member James Wilson for the skill, determination and fine seamanship displayed by them when they rescued the three crew from the yacht Glorfindel II, which was in danger of being swamped in St. Abbs outer harbour in a storm, heavy swell and rough seas on 9 September 1976.

1979
The D class lifeboat was replaced by a C class lifeboat.

1981
The boathouse was adapted to house the inshore lifeboat.

1985
The station was adapted to operate a B class lifeboat and a launching cradle was installed to lower the lifeboat down the slipway.

1986
The C class lifeboat was withdrawn on 20 April and replaced with a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.

1998
Improved crew facilities were provided in the boathouse.

2002
The slipway was refurbished and a new winch was installed in March.

The Atlantic 75, B-783 Dorothy and Katherine Barr II, was placed on service.

Station honours

At St Abbs Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 2

Silver Medal 4