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Sunderland Lifeboat Station

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Sunderland is the oldest lifeboat station, celebrating over 200 years as a station. The first experimental motor lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet operated from here and today the station has two inshore lifeboats – an Atlantic 85 and a D class.

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. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
27/08/2014 15:08
27/08/2014 15:08
25/08/2014 15:12
23/08/2014 23:34
20/08/2014 17:15
14/08/2014 02:04
09/08/2014 17:28
05/08/2014 23:57
05/08/2014 16:49
03/08/2014 03:54

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Station address:

Sunderland Lifeboat Station
Marine Activity Centre
North Dock
Sunderland
Tyne & Wear
SR6 0PW 

Station telephone:

01915 673536

Station opening times:

9am–12pm Sunday or 7pm–9pm Tuesday

Groups by appointment only

Don't miss: crew training 7pm Tuesday and 9am Sunday 

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking, disabled access 

Visitor contact:

Jayne Ingham

Visitor contact telephone:

07801 099303

Shop telephone:

01915 674395

Shop opening times:

February-Mid December
Monday
10am-1pm
Tuesday-Friday
10am-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.

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.

 

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Lifeboat name:
 Wolseley

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Read more about the B class


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Lifeboat name:
Helen & Ian Tytler

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

1800
The first lifeboat was placed on the north side of the River Wear.

Between 1808 and 1912 there have been various stations at seven different sites on both sides of the river.

1856
A Silver Medal was awarded to Joseph Hodgson for saving lives over a period of 12 years.

1858
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain W Davison for long service.

1865
The RNLI took over the original station.

1871
The RNLI took over the local lifeboat society and their three lifeboats. A boathouse was built at the South Outlet.

1882
A gas explosion wrecked the watch house of the No.3 boathouse. The Coxswain had both legs broken and another man had to have a foot amputated.

1891
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain R Thompson for general services.

1905
The South Outlet lifeboat house was destroyed by fire on 25 July.

1911
Sunderland's first motor lifeboat, J McConnell Hussey, was the first experimental motor lifeboat in the Institution's fleet. She was built originally in 1893 as a self-righting pulling and sailing lifeboat, and in 1904 she was converted into a motor lifeboat with a speed of six knots.

1928
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1953
A 150th commemorative Vellum was presented to the station.

1966
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat at Roker.

1984
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Michael Tighe and a Vellum service certificate was presented to Crew Member Alan Dixon for rescuing a sailboarder in difficulties.

1987
A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain Anthony Lee when he rescued two men from the missing fishing vessel Sea Fox after a four hour search.

1990 A Waveney class lifeboat was placed on service.

1994
A new D class lifeboat was placed on service.

1995
Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Crew Members David Graham, Gerard McGill and Ian Donkin for rescuing three boys stranded on a ledge half way up a cliff in a small cove to the west of Marsden Rock.

1997
A Trent class lifeboat was placed on service on 28 March.

1998
A new ILB boathouse was completed in May.

1999
Framed Letters of Thanks were presented to Helmsman Michael Cowe and Crew Members Martin Barry and Brian Clark-Barkess for a service on 20 December 1998 to a fisherman who had been swept into the sea at Hendon Tanks.

2000
A Bicentenary Vellum was presented to the station.

2002
A new launching ramp was completed.

2003
The new D class lifeboat, D-608 Helen & Ian Tytler, was placed on service on 24 November.

2004
Following a Coast Review a decision was made by the Trustee Committee to withdraw the Trent class all weather lifeboat and replace it with an inshore B class lifeboat to work alongside the existing station D class inshore lifeboat.

A relief B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-705 Vera Skilton, was placed on service on 16 August.

The Atlantic 75, B-762 Jack and Joyce Burcombe, was placed on service in November.

2007
The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat Wolseley was placed on service.

Station honours

At Sunderland Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 7

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 1

Silver Medal 3