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Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station

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Over the last 148 years lifeboats have been stationed at both Staithes and Runswick and the crews have been presented with nine awards for gallantry. Today’s inshore lifeboat is located in the small fishing village of Staithes.

Our station history book, Stronger than the Storm by Grant McKee, gives a fascinating insight into the lifeboating history of both Staithes and Runswick villages from 1866 to the current day. Buy the book at RNLI Shop.

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. 

http://www.staithes-lifeboat.org.uk/

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
13/12/2014 13:01
19/08/2014 12:08
05/07/2014 15:22
02/06/2014 08:58
15/02/2014 13:43
04/12/2013 10:44
15/11/2013 14:46
08/09/2013 04:57
28/08/2013 16:16
27/08/2013 16:24

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Station address:

Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station
Cowbar
Staithes
North Yorkshire
TS13 5BY

Station telephone:

01947 840001

Station opening times:

10am–4pm daily

Don't miss: crew training - Summer 6pm Monday, Winter 10am Sunday

Visitor contact:

David Porritt

Visitor contact telephone:

01947 840141

Shop telephone:

01947 840587

Shop opening times:

Easter–Christmas
Monday–Sunday

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.

  • Every year the Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Weekend begins with a traditional Nightgown Parade through the old village

    Staithes RNLI volunteers dressing up for the Nightgown Parade

  • Mike Wilson: the man behind the Staithes RNLI bookstall

    Mike Wilson

  • Round Britain fundraiser Mark Newton and his mobility scooter at Staithes and Runswick RNLI station.

    Mark Newton at Staithes RNLI

  • Staithes RNLI volunteers Stewart Porritt (L) and Neil Anderson with their awards

    Stewart Porritt (L) and Neil Anderson with their awards

  • Tea-rific fundraising idea

    Tea-rific fundraising idea-1

  • Tea-rific fundraising idea

    Tea-rific fundraising idea

  • Boat runs aground off Staithes

    Boat runs aground off Staithes

  • Staithes & Runswick RNLI holds their Lifeboat Fundraising Weekend

    Staithes & Runswick RNLI holds their Lifeboat Fundraising Weekend

  • Staithes RNLI lifeboat tows in fishing boat

    Staithes RNLI lifeboat tows in fishing boat

  • Staithes RNLI lifeboat assists fishing boat with fouled propeller

    Staithes RNLI lifeboat assists fishing boat with fouled propeller

  • Staithes & Runswick lifeboat fundraising weekend a great success

    Staithes & Runswick lifeboat fundraising weekend a great success

  • Fishing boat towed to safety by Staithes RNLI lifeboat

    Fishing boat towed to safety by Staithes RNLI lifeboat

  • Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees

    Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees-1

  • Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees

    Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees-2

  • Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees

    Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees

  • Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees

    Teesside RNLI volunteers in Flood Rescue Team exercises on River Tees-3

  • Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members

    Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members-2

  • Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members

    Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members-1

  • Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members

    Dramatic pier rescue by Staithes and Runswick RNLI crew members

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI volunteers practice flood rescue techniques

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Night swimming exercise

  • Staithes Shop

    Staithes Shop

  • Image of Statihes and Runswick Atlantic 75 in surf - Dave Manship

    Statihes and Runswick Atlantic 75 in surf - Dave Manship

 


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Pride of Leicester

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)

Funded by: Leicester branch

Read more about the B class

  

Runswick lifeboat station

1866–1978

Staithes lifeboat station

1875–1922

1928–1938

Staithes and Runswick lifeboat station

1978 to date

1866
A lifeboat station was established at Runswick.

1875
Staithes lifeboat station was established and a boathouse was built at Cowbar.

1888
During a rescue to a fishing coble Staithes lifeboat Crew Member John Crookes was thrown onto some rocks and killed when the lifeboat capsized. Fourteen other men were able to get to shore safely.

1891
A new boathouse was built at Runswick.

1893
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain George Tose for long and gallant service to the Runswick lifeboat.

1910
A new boathouse and slipway were built at Runswick.

1922
The station at Staithes closed temporarily as there was a shortage of crew.

1924
Bronze Medals were awarded to Runswick’s Coxswain Tose and Second Coxswain Robert Patton for the rescue of the Captain from the steamer Princess Clementine.

1928
The station at Staithes re-opened when the fishing industry was revived.

1934
A Gold Medal was posthumously awarded to Coxswain Robert Patton who was killed when he was crushed while rescuing a man from the steamer Disperser. The name of the lifeboat was changed from The Always Ready to Robert Patton – The Always Ready.

1938
The all weather lifeboat was withdrawn and the station at Staithes was closed.

1957
Runswick’s Head Launcher, George Hanson, died after saving a boy and attempting to save a man in difficulties in Staithes Harbour.

1978
The all weather lifeboat at Runswick was withdrawn and the station closed.

An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established at Staithes with a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat, Lord Brotherton. The station was named Staithes and Runswick.

1996 
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Sean Baxter when the lifeboat rescued two people cut off by the tide. A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Crew Members Iain Baxter, Jason Ebison, Martin Hopkinson, David Porritt, Lee Porritt, David Springett and Michael Verrill.

The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman David Porritt when the lifeboat rescued two anglers who were trapped at the end of the western breakwater and in danger of being swept away by the heavy breaking seas. A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Crew Member Martin Hopkinson after he guided the two anglers back along the breakwater where they were taken off by lifeboat.

2000
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Stephen Iredale for the rescue of an elderly man from a trimaran, at night and in breaking seas. The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge award for the most meritorious service by a B class lifeboat in 2000 was awarded for this service.

2003
Improved boathouse facilities were completed and a new Atlantic 75, Pride of Leicester, was placed on service.

Buy the book

For a more detailed history of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station, buy the official station history book by Grant McKee. Grant uncovers stirring stories of the boats, their crews and communities since 1866.

Station honours

At Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made: 

Framed Letter of Thanks 2

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 2

Bronze Medal 3

Silver Medal 1

Gold Medal 1