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Thurso Lifeboat Station

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Thurso is the RNLI's most northerly lifeboat station on mainland Scotland. Today's Severn class lifeboat launches into the often turbulent seas of the Pentland Firth. The crews have been presented with 17 awards for gallantry, the most recent in 2004.

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
08/12/2014 01:21
13/09/2014 17:18
31/08/2014 12:10
28/08/2014 16:59
10/08/2014 19:16
09/08/2014 19:21
20/07/2014 02:42
20/07/2014 02:40
14/07/2014 12:30
14/07/2014 03:15

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Forecasts for Thurso Lifeboat Station

  • Wednesday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Thursday
  • Light rain shower (Day)
  • Minimum:
    2°C
  • Maximum:
    8°C
  • Friday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    6°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Saturday
  • Light rain
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    6°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C

This is the tide forecast for S*** Pipe.

Thursday 18/12

Tide chart Tide scale
High 05:15 4.4m
Low 11:46 2m
High 17:36 4.5m
  • First Light: 08:05
  • Sunrise: 08:58
  • Sunset: 15:23
  • Last Light: 16:16

Friday 19/12

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 00:09 1.7m
High 06:04 4.6m
Low 12:34 1.8m
High 18:27 4.6m
  • First Light: 08:06
  • Sunrise: 08:59
  • Sunset: 15:23
  • Last Light: 16:16

Saturday 20/12

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 00:53 1.6m
High 06:49 4.8m
Low 13:18 1.6m
High 19:15 4.8m
  • First Light: 08:07
  • Sunrise: 09:00
  • Sunset: 15:23
  • Last Light: 16:16

This is the surf forecast for S*** Pipe.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Thu 18/12 6am 100 19.5ft 15secs 107.31
Noon 100 20ft 15secs 112.48
6pm 100 21ft 16secs 109.59
Fri 19/12 6am 100 23.5ft 15secs 106.43
Noon 100 24ft 15secs 107.28
6pm 100 24ft 15secs 108.2
Sat 20/12 6am 65 24.5ft 15secs 117.4
Noon 85 19.5ft 15secs 119.25
6pm 95 13.5ft 14secs 109.68
  • Wednesday
  • 00:00
  • 10
  • 06:00
  • 11
  • 12:00
  • 14
  • 18:00
  • 13
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 13
  • 06:00
  • 20
  • 12:00
  • 29
  • 18:00
  • 21
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 9
  • 06:00
  • 6
  • 12:00
  • 8
  • 18:00
  • 5
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 6
  • 06:00
  • 5
  • 12:00
  • 5
  • 18:00
  • 8
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 9
  • 06:00
  • 12
  • 12:00
  • 11
  • 18:00
  • 10

Station address:

Thurso Lifeboat Station
Ferry Pier
Scrabster
Thurso
Caithness
KW14 7UJ

Station telephone:

01847 893433

Station opening times:

9.30am–4.30pm daily

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Bill Farquhar - LOM

Visitor contact telephone:

01847 893433

Shop opening times:

All our shops are run by volunteers who take great pride in keeping them open whenever possible, if you are planning a special trip to visit this shop it may be best to call ahead to check the opening times. 

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.

  • Thurso lifeboat with her daughter craft deployed

    Thurso lifeboat with her daughter craft deployed

  • Thurso lifeboat towing the vessel back to the harbour

    Thurso lifeboat towing the vessel back to the harbour

  • The vessel under tow from Thurso lifeboat

    The vessel under tow from Thurso lifeboat

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • Thurso lifeboat at Dunnet Head

    Thurso lifeboat at Dunnet Head

  • Thurso lifeboat with sea angling boat

    Thurso lifeboat with sea angling boat

  • Lanterns spark Christmas callout for Thurso lifeboat.

    Lanterns spark Christmas callout for Thurso lifeboat.

  • Thurso RNLI Lifeboat tows Faroese trawler to safety

    Thurso RNLI Lifeboat tows Faroese trawler to safety

  • Thurso RNLI launches to report of red and white flares on north coast

    Thurso RNLI launches to report of red and white flares on north coast

  • RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew member being hoisted up into Shetland Coastguard helicopter.

    RNLI Longhope lifeboat and Shetland Coastguard

  • Lifeboat crew member being hoisted up into Shetland Coastguard helicopter

    Helicopter exercise

  • 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

  • The 150th anniversary of Thurso lifeboat station is celebrated

    The 150th anniversary of Thurso lifeboat station is celebrated

  • Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids stricken yacht

    Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids stricken yacht

  • Abandoned life raft retrieved by Thurso RNLI

    Abandoned life raft retrieved by Thurso RNLI

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days-2

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days-1

  • RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

    RNLI buoyant as Co-operative raises £190k in 90 days

  • Disabled jetski towed in by Thurso RNLI lifeboat

    Disabled jetski towed in by Thurso RNLI lifeboat

  • Thurso RNLI lifeboat called out to jet ski

    Thurso RNLI lifeboat called out to jet ski

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-3

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-2

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-1

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition

  • Thurso tow in scallop fishing vessel

    Thurso lifeboat back at harbour

  • Thurso Lifeboat tows fishing boat back to port

    Thurso Lifeboat tows fishing boat back to port

  • RNLI award for three generous Scottish sisters who saved hundreds of lives

    RNLI award for three generous Scottish sisters who saved hundreds of lives

  • 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

  • Thurso lifeboat in coastal search

    Thurso lifeboat in coastal search

  • Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions

    Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions-2

  • Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions

    Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions-1

  • Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions

    Thurso RNLI lifeboat aids cargo ship in gale force conditions

  • Thurso lifeboat volunteers rescue 12 from pleasure boat trapped in cave

    Thurso lifeboat volunteers rescue 12 from pleasure boat trapped in cave

  • Thurso RNLI launch after fishing boat hits rocks

    Thurso lifeboat

  • Thurso tasked with a medevac

    Thurso assist with a medevac

  • Red flare sparks Thurso RNLI search

    RNLB The Taylors

  • Thurso RNLI search for overdue dingy

    The search

  • Thurso RNLI search for overdue dingy

    Thurso RNLI search for overdue dingy

 

Image of lifeboat
 



Lifeboat name:
 The Taylors

Lifeboat class: Severn class

Read more about the Severn

Five Silver Medals were awarded for gallantry between 1830 and 1856.

1860 
The lifeboat station at Thurso was established and a boathouse was built costing £103.

1886
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain John Brims for his long and valuable services in the lifeboat.

1894
Coxswain John Brims was awarded a Silver Medal on his retirement after 35 years as coxswain and helping to rescue 304 lives.

1906
A new boathouse and slipway were built just outside Scrabster Harbour.

1931
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Angus McPhail for rescuing four crew from the schooner Pet.  The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Second Coxswain Adam McLeod.

1944
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain John McLeod, for rescuing two survivors from two rafts of the Norwegian steamer Freidberg. Coxswain McLeod was also awarded the British Empire Medal.

1955
The Thurso ladies’ lifeboat guild and the lifeboat crew organised a gala week which raised over £1,000 for the service.

1956
On 10 December the lifeboat Dunnet Head (Civil Service No.31) and lifeboat house were totally destroyed by fire.

1957
A new boathouse and slipway were built.

1960
A Centenary Vellum was awarded.

1970
The boathouse was adapted for the new Solent class lifeboat.

1971
HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother named the new lifeboat The Three Sisters.

1982
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Second Coxswain John Manson for assisting the fishing vessel Coronella.

The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain William Farquhar for assisting the trawler Arctic Crusader.

1989
HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother named the new lifeboat The Queen Mother.

1997
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Second Coxswain William Donald Munro when the fishing vessel Aztec was disabled in storm force 10 winds.

1999
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain William Farquhar for a service to the burning chemical tanker Multitank Ascania on 19 March. The 102m tanker was close inshore at Dunnet Head before the lifeboat was able to slowly tow it seawards.

Coxswain Farquhar also received the Emile Robin Award from the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society.

2001
On 8 September four crew and the fishing vessel Poseidon were saved.

A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Coxswain William Farquhar while two crew members and the Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Williams received Letters of Appreciation.

2002
A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain William Munro for saving five crew and the fishing vessel Faith Ann.

2004 
The new Severn class lifeboat, The Taylors, was placed on service on 7 April. This lifeboat was funded by the generous bequest of Mrs Vera Rita Eliza Taylor together with the bequest of Miss Agnes Anita Cluness.

A new pontoon berth for the new lifeboat was completed.

The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Second Coxswain Duncan Munro after towing the live fish carrier Arnøytrans to safety on 27 August.

Station honours

At Thurso Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made: 

Framed Letter of Thanks 2

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 5

Bronze Medal 3

Silver Medal 7