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Swanage Lifeboat Station

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Today's all-weather Mersey class and D class lifeboats operate from the original, although much altered, boathouse built 130 years ago. During the station's history the lifeboat crews have been honoured with 31 awards for gallantry.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
15/08/2014 12:20
14/08/2014 20:13
14/08/2014 12:21
09/08/2014 12:20
26/07/2014 12:53
21/07/2014 12:50
18/07/2014 17:52
16/07/2014 16:52
14/07/2014 13:12
14/07/2014 13:04

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  • Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2014

    Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2014

    04/10/2014

    We're delighted that you are considering running the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on our behalf. We have charity places available and would love to welcome you to our team.

Forecasts for Swanage Lifeboat Station

Station address:

Swanage Lifeboat Station
Peveril Point
Swanage
BH19 2AY 

Station telephone:

01929 423237

Station opening times:

April–September 10am–4pm Monday–Friday

Don't miss: crew training - Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled access 

Visitor contact:

David Turnbull

Visitor contact telephone:

01929 423237

Shop telephone:

01929 426777

Shop address and opening times:

7 The Square
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2LJ

January-March
Monday-Sunday
11am-3pm

June-August
Monday-Saturday
10am-4pm
Sunday
11am-3pm

 

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.

  • Swanage Lifeboat crew launching appeal

    Swanage Lifeboat crew launching appeal

  • Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

    Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

  • RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes launch Respect the Water

    RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes

  • Swanage all-weather lifeboat alongside 'Maid of the Harbour' at Poole Town Quay

    Swanage all-weather lifeboat alongside 'Maid of the Harbour' at Poole Town Quay

  • Maid of the Harbour alongside Town Quay, Poole with Swanage inshore lifeboat standing by

    Maid of the Harbour alongside Town Quay, Poole with Swanage inshore lifeboat standing by

  • Plans for new Swanage boathouse

    Plans for new Swanage boathouse

  • Plans for new Swanage lifeboat station

    Plans for new Swanage lifeboat station

  • Robin Tiller presented Gold Badge by Charles Hunter-Pease

    Robin Tiller presented Gold Badge by Charles Hunter-Pease

  • Margrite Darnton, Jean Brixton, Marion Corben, Jean Bettles awards Bronze badges at Regional South West Awards

    Four Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers awarded Bronze badge

  • Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers receive Regional award at RNLI HQ

    Swanage Lifeboat Fundraiser present with award for Regional Fundraising branch 2014

  • Injured man rescued from cliffs

    Coastguard Helicopter arriving on scene

  • Kayakers rescued from Peveril Ledges returned to Swanage

    Rescued kayakers returning to Swanage Bay towed by Swanage inshore lifeboat

  • The cast of the murder mystery evening raising funds for the Swanage Boathouse Appeal

    Murder Mystery night in aid of Swanage boathouse Appeal

  • Micheal Mersey launches the RNLI Swanage Lifeboat

    Micheal Mersey launches the Mersey!

  • Swanage current Mersey class lifeboat with RNLIs new Shannon class

    Swanage current Mersey class lifeboat with RNLIs new Shannon class

  • Swanage RNLI and Lions Club of Swanage joint charity auction

    Swanage RNLI and Lions Club of Swanage Charity Auction

  • Michael McGinty from Sherborne School spending Lent in a tent for Swanage RNLI

    Michael McGinty spending Lent in a Tent for Swanage RNLI

  • Swanage RNLI launch Boathouse Appeal

    Swanage RNLI launch Boathouse Appeal

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • The RNLI Flood Rescue Team were deployed to Christchurch on 6 January. Left to right Tom Mansell Chris Tracey James Batters Dave Jackman.

    The RNLI Flood Rescue Team who deployed to Christchurch

  • Members of the south west Flood Rescue Team preparing to leave from the RNLI base in Saltash Cornwall from left to right Tom Mansell Team Manager Chris Tracey from Dart James Batters from Rock and Dave Jackman from Looe

    Members of the South West Flood Rescue Team

  • Members of the south west RNLI Flood Rescue Team about to set off from the charity base in Saltash Cornwall from left to right Tom Mansell Chris Tracey James Batters and Dave Jackman

    Members of the south west Flood Rescue Team

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Kate and Ollie

    Kate and Ollie

  • Dave and Angela's yellow wellies

    Dave and Angela's yellow wellies

  • Tome and Charlotte

    Tom and Charlotte

  • RNLI crew member Darren Tomes and wife Dee one of six couples from Swanage who married in 2013

    RNLI crew member Darren Tomes and wife Dee

  • Swanage crew member Tom and new wife Charlotte who were on of six Swanage RNLI couples to marry in 2013

    RNLI crew member Tom and new wife Charlotte

  • RNLI crew member Matt Steeden and wife Becky who were one of six couples from Swanage RNLI who married in 2013

    RNLI crew member Matt Steeden and wife Becky

  • Swanage RNLI crew member Gavin Steeden and wife Kim who were one of six couples from the station who married in 2013

    RNLI crew member Gavin Steeden and wife Kim

  • Swanage RNLI crew member Ollie (one of six to be married in 2013) with wife Kate

    RNLI crew member Ollie and wife Kate

  • 2013 saw six of the volunteer crew at Swanage RNLI marry

    The six couples at Swanage RNLI who wedded in 2013

  • Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

    Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

  • RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

    RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

  • Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

    Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update

    South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update-3

  • South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update

    South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update-2

  • South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update

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  • South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update

    South west members of RNLI charity’s Flood Rescue Teams operating in Cumbria - update-1

  • ‘Mother’s Olives’ sideline raises money for the RNLI

    ‘Mother’s Olives’ sideline raises money for the RNLI

  • Swanage rallies round its Lifeboat Crew to raise over £17000 during Lifeboat Week

    Swanage rallies round its Lifeboat Crew to raise over £17000 during Lifeboat Week

  • Swanage Lifeboat launched to assist dismasted trimaran

    Swanage Lifeboat launched to assist dismasted trimaran

  • Swanage all-weather lifeboat launches to motor boat

    Swanage all-weather lifeboat launches to motor boat

  • Swanage RNLI assists yacht

    Swanage RNLI assists yacht

  • RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

    RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • Swanage lifeboat crew support Movember

    Swanage lifeboat crew support Movember

  • Swanage RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue crew of sinking yacht

    Swanage RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue crew of sinking yacht

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Two call outs for volunteer crew on opening night of Swanage Lifeboat Week

    Two call outs for volunteer crew on opening night of Swanage Lifeboat Week

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • Poole and Swanage RNLI lifeboats tasked to 90ft pleasure boat aground in Poole Bay

    Poole and Swanage RNLI lifeboats tasked to 90ft pleasure boat aground in Poole Bay

  • Lifeboat assists motor cruiser adrift in Swanage bay

    Lifeboat assists motor cruiser adrift in Swanage bay

  • Swanage lifeboat crew search for yacht adrift during the night

    Swanage lifeboat crew search for yacht adrift during the night

  • Swanage lifeboat searches through the night for potential man overboard

    Swanage lifeboat searches through the night for potential man overboard

  • Swanage RNLI assist yacht with broken rudder

    Swanage RNLI assist yacht with broken rudder

  • Swanage lifeboat assists motorboat in tidal race after engine failure

    Swanage lifeboat assists motorboat in tidal race after engine failure

  • Swanage RNLI lifeboats launch to upturned and drifting dinghy

    Swanage RNLI lifeboats launch to upturned and drifting dinghy

  • Swanage lifeboat assists sinking dinghy

    Swanage lifeboat assists sinking dinghy

  • Swanage lifeboat crew's TV moment interrupted by emergency call

    Swanage lifeboat crew's TV moment interrupted by emergency call

  • Swanage lifeboat called to speedboat in trouble

    Swanage lifeboat called to speedboat in trouble

  • Swanage RNLI lifeboat launches to rescue of vessel with fire in engine compartment

    Swanage RNLI lifeboat launches to rescue of vessel with fire in engine compartment

  • Swanage RNLI lifeboat crew rescue deer

    Swanage RNLI lifeboat crew rescue deer

  • Unicycling fundraiser sets off on 200 mile trip for the RNLI

    Unicycling fundraiser sets off on 200 mile trip for the RNLI

  • Swanage lifeboat goes to the aid of yacht in St Albans Head tidal race

    Swanage lifeboat goes to the aid of yacht in St Albans Head tidal race

  • First call-out of 2010 for Swanage’s volunteer lifeboat crew

    First call-out of 2010 for Swanage’s volunteer lifeboat crew

  • Swanage offers support for RNLI SOS Day

    Swanage offers support for RNLI SOS Day

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • South west RNLI crew members in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    South west RNLI crew members in Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

  • Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare

    Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare-3

  • Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare

    Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare-2

  • Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare

    Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare

  • Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare

    Fond farewell for staunch RNLI supporter Phyl Cleare-1

  • Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets

    Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets-3

  • Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets

    Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets-2

  • Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets

    Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets-1

  • Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets

    Swanage lifeboat crew SOS appeal to fund new lifejackets

  • Swanage lifeboat week raises record £30,000

    Swanage lifeboat week raises record £30,000

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Poole RNLI lifeboats launch to a MAYDAY distress call

    Poole RNLI lifeboats launch to a MAYDAY distress call

  • Swanage lifeboat recovers missing dog to prevent cliff walkers from attempting a rescue

    Swanage lifeboat recovers missing dog to prevent cliff walkers from attempting a rescue

  • Swanage lifeboat crew rescue injured man in the water

    Swanage lifeboat crew rescue injured man in the water

  • Swanage and Poole lifeboats launch to Mayday call

    Swanage and Poole lifeboats launch to Mayday call

  • Jo Brand's Big Splash with Swanage and Poole lifeboat crew

    Jo Brand's Big Splash with Swanage and Poole lifeboat crew

  • Poole RNLI lifeboats in back-to-back shouts

    Poole RNLI lifeboats in back-to-back shouts

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Robert Charles Brown

Lifeboat class: Mersey class

Funded by: A regional appeal together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Phyl and Jack

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

   

1875 
The station was established at the request of the local residents as a result of the wrecked brigantine Wild Wave on Peveril Ledge. The boathouse and slipway were built and, although much altered, are still in use today. The original boathouse cost £350 and the slipway £175.

1895
Coxswain William Brown tragically lost his life when he was washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service to the barque Brilliant.

1918 
After a brief closure in 1917, when many of the local crew were away in the Forces, the station re-opened with new lifeboat Herbert Sturmy, costing £2,500.

1927
Extensive alterations were made to the boathouse and a deep-water slipway was built for the new lifeboat Thomas Markby, the station’s first motor lifeboat. The lifeboat cost £6,559.

1934
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Assistant Motor Mechanic Robert C Brown for the rescue of one man who had gone overboard from the yacht Hally Lise.

1941 
Robert Charles Brown became the Coxswain.

1943 
Three people were rescued from the French Navy vessel Chasseurs, which capsized off Durlston Head. Medals were awarded to each crew member by the French Government, plus a silver gilt medal to Coxswain Brown. Bronze Medals were awarded to the Mechanic and Bowman.

1949 
A new lifeboat R.L.P. arrived at the station, costing £15,584.

1970
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Ronald Hardy and Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Second Coxswain D Dyke and Crew Member P Dorey for the rescue of a youth cut off by the tide.

1975
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

Extensive alterations were made to the boathouse and slipway to house a new Rother class lifeboat J. Reginald Corah, costing £95,000.

1976
Bronze Medals were awarded to Coxswain Ronald Hardy and Second Coxswain/Mechanic Victor Albert Marsh when assistance was given to the yacht Campscharles on 14 October.

1992
The boathouse was adapted for the station's new Mersey class lifeboat, providing improved crew facilities. The slipway was completely rebuilt.

The station's new Mersey class lifeboat was officially named Robert Charles Brown. Robert Charles Brown BEM was a much-respected lifeboatman at Swanage for over 50 years. The lifeboat cost £650,000.

1995 
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was permanently established. A new D class lifeboat was placed on service, donated by Mrs Phyl Cleare, costing £15,000.

1996 
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Christopher Haw when five crew from the yacht Be Happy were rescued in winds gusting to hurricane force. The Maud Smith Award for the most outstanding act of lifesaving during 1996 was awarded to Coxswain Christopher Haw for this service.

2003
The new station D class lifeboat, D-613 Jack Cleare, was placed on service on 27 August. Costing £25,000, it was again donated by Mrs Cleare. 

2012
The new station D class lifeboat, D-752 Phyl & Jack, was placed on service on 12 July. Costing £39,000, it was donated by the late Mrs Phyl Cleare, in memory of her husband, Jack.

 

Station honours

At Swanage Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 6

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 16

Bronze Medal 5

Silver Medal 5