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Torbay Lifeboat Station

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For nearly 140 years Torbay Lifeboat Station has operated an all-weather lifeboat and today the station also has an inshore D class lifeboat. The crews have a remarkable history of bravery with 52 awards for gallantry.

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
24/11/2014 13:29
23/11/2014 22:43
18/11/2014 21:54
16/11/2014 15:10
01/11/2014 18:10
01/11/2014 18:10
01/11/2014 01:45
19/10/2014 18:22
24/09/2014 16:11
22/09/2014 10:53

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Station address:

Torbay Lifeboat Station
Berry Head Road
Brixham
Devon
TQ5 9AF

Station telephone:

01803 853136

Station opening times:

Open daily 8.30am–4.30pm

Crew training monthly on the last Sunday morning

Visitor contact:

Stuart Elliman

Visitor contact telephone:

01803 859151

Shop telephone:

01803 883570

Shop opening times:

Brixham shop

Monday–Saturday
10am–4pm

Sunday
10am–1pm

 

Brixham kiosk

April–September
Monday–Sunday
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.

 

 

  • Torbay's all weather RNLI lifeboat

    Torbay's all weather RNLI lifeboat

  • Torbay RNLI all weather lifeboat

    Torbay RNLI all weather lifeboat

  • 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

  • The owners were on board the 25ft Bayliner and when they were unable to extinguish the blaze they eascaped using their own tender.

    Firefighters on board the Lower Ferry fight the fire on Blue Storm in Dartmouth harbour

  • The fire on Blue Storm was reportrd from the shore as the owners escaped the blaze.

    The Blue Storm on fire in Dartmouth harbour

  • The African Queen was taken to the Dartmouth quayside to be pumped out before the flames could again be tackled.

    Dartmouth volunteer firefighters tackle the blaze on the African Queen

  • The African Queen was brought to the Dartmouth quay side to be pumped out before more water could be used to fight the ongoing fires. The scene was illuminated by the Torbay All Weather lifeboat.

    Torbay and Dart lifeboat crews assisted the fire fighting operation

  • Fire crews from Dartmouth, Brixham and Paignton boarded the Lower ferry, the Lifeboat and Dart Harbour vessels to fight the fire.

    Torbay RNLI lifeboat fighting the fire on the African Queen

  • The wooden boat soon was quickly gutted to deck level, but fires in the compartments below continued.

    The African Queen ablaze in Dartmouth Harbour

  • 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

  • AIS track showing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats track.

    AIS track showing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats track

  • Tow being passed to the Deborah Jane

    Tow being passed to the Deborah Jane

  • The Salcombe all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' towing the stricken fishing vessel.

    The Salcombe all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' towing the stricken fishing vessel

  • 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

  • Monty Halls and Rachel Cole arrive back in Dartmouth at the end of the gruelling Grace Darling Memorial Row.

    Monty Halls and Rachel Cole arrive back in Dartmouth

  • Rachel Cole sorts out refreshment while at sea on the Grace Darling Memorial Row

    Rachel Cole taking refreshment while at sea

  • Monty Halls rowing during the Grace Darling Memorial Row from Dart to the Eddystone and back

    Monty Halls rowing

  • Monty Halls and Rachel Cole at sea during the Grace Darling Memorial Row from Dart to the Eddystone and back

    Monty Halls and Rachel Cole at sea

  • Dart RNLI crew volunteer Rachel Cole who will be rowing to the Eddystone Lighthouse and back with BBC Presenter Monty Halls to raise money for the charity.

    Dart crew volunteer Rachel Cole

  • BBC Presenter Monty Halls who will be rowing to the Eddystone Lighthouse and back for the RNLI with fellow Dart RNLI volunteer Rachel Cole.

    BBC Presenter Monty Halls

  • Air and sea search launched in Dartmouth Harbour after man fell from yacht

    Air and sea search launched in Dartmouth Harbour after man fell from yacht

  • Thirty foot yacht hits Brixham breakwater

    Thirty foot yacht hits Brixham breakwater

  • Torbay Lifeboat DLA Scores Own Goal

    Torbay Lifeboat DLA Scores Own Goal

  • Torbay RNLI lifeboat coxswain swims for it to rescue man

    Torbay RNLI lifeboat coxswain swims for it to rescue man

  • Torquay to view Lifeboat

    Torquay to view Lifeboat

  • Torbay RNLI lifeboat has a busy day

    Torbay RNLI lifeboat has a busy day

  • Torbay Lifeboat Week off to a Damp Start

    Torbay Lifeboat Week off to a Damp Start

  • Torbay Lifeboat Week 2009

    Torbay Lifeboat Week 2009

  • False alarm with good intentions for Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat

    False alarm with good intentions for Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • BBC Seaside Rescue Featuring Torbay Lifeboat Station

    BBC Seaside Rescue Featuring Torbay Lifeboat Station

  • Students from Brixham College Bake Cakes for Lifeboat

    Students from Brixham College Bake Cakes for Lifeboat

  • Brixham Sea Safety week

    Brixham Sea Safety week

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • 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

  • Torbay’s RNLI look for help to Support Our Stations on SOS Day 2011

    Torbay’s RNLI look for help to Support Our Stations on SOS Day 2011

  • Torbay Lifeboat Remembers

    Torbay Lifeboat Remembers

  • Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west

    Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west-2

  • Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west

    Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west-1

  • Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west

    Lifeboat Tea packs highlight lifesaving work of RNLI lifeboat crews in south west

  • Torbay Lifeboat Remembers

    Torbay Lifeboat Remembers

  • Second call out in two days for Torbay RNLI

    Image taken from Torbay lifeboat illustrating the conditions during last night's shout

  • Four RNLI lifeboats assist in search for missing fisherman

    Helicopter and Torbay lifeboat search for the missing fisherman

  • Four RNLI lifeboats assist in search for missing fisherman

    Exmouth RNLI take part in the search

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Torbay RNLI crew provide medical assistance to man who fell 70 feet down cliffs

    Torbay RNLI crew provide medical assistance to man who fell 70 feet down cliffs

  • 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

  • Salcombe RNLI launched to a fishing vessel taking on water

    AIS Track of The Baltic Exchange III

  • A fitting end to Torbays Lifeboat Week

    A fitting end to Torbays Lifeboat Week

  • Masonic Gift to start Lifeboat week

    Masonic Gift to start Lifeboat week

  • Torbay Lifeboat Week 2010

    Torbay Lifeboat Week 2010

  • Two Shouts in Torbay

    Two Shouts in Torbay

  • RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer

    RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer-3

  • RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer

    RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer-2

  • RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer

    RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer-1

  • RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer

    RNLI award for outstanding charity photographer

  • Uni-que fundraising

    Uni-que fundraising

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

    Unicycling fundraiser sets off on 200 mile trip for the RNLI

  • SOS Day Swells funds

    SOS Day Swells funds

  • School boy cycles for Torbay’s RNLI lifeboat

    School boy cycles for Torbay’s RNLI lifeboat

  • Torbay Crew - Surf Off Scotland

    Torbay Crew - Surf Off Scotland

  • Torbay’s RNLI lifeboat crew embark on a 24 hour challenge to Surf Off Scotland

    Torbay’s RNLI lifeboat crew embark on a 24 hour challenge to Surf Off Scotland

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

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Dart and Torbay RNLI lifeboats join hunt for missing diver

    Dart and Torbay RNLI lifeboats join hunt for missing diver

  • Torbay RNLI assist yacht tangled in weather buoy line during a busy weekend

    Torbay RNLI assist yacht tangled in weather buoy line during a busy weekend

  • Night call for Torbay RNLI to evacuate sick officer from merchant ship

    Night call for Torbay RNLI to evacuate sick officer from merchant ship

  • RNLI granted leading charity status for Torbay Half Marathon 2012

    RNLI granted leading charity status for Torbay Half Marathon 2012

  • 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

  • Call for volunteers around Torbay as station marks 10th birthday of all-weather lifeboat

    Call for volunteers around Torbay as station marks 10th birthday of all-weather lifeboat

  • Torbay RNLI lifeboat crew escort yacht

    Torbay RNLI lifeboat crew escort yacht

  • Heartfelt thanks for Torbay RNLI from cruise liner Captain

    Heartfelt thanks for Torbay RNLI from cruise liner Captain

  • Torbay RNLI seeks volunteer Sea Safety Advisers to give vital advice to boat users

    Torbay RNLI seeks volunteer Sea Safety Advisers to give vital advice to boat users

  • Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

    Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions-4

  • Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

    Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions-3

  • Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

    Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions-2

  • Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

    Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions-1

  • Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

    Weymouth RNLI rescue dismasted sail training vessel in stormy conditions

  • Dart and Torbay RNLI launch to drifting motor boat

    Dart and Torbay RNLI launch to drifting motor boat

  • RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht

    RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht-4

  • RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht

    RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht-3

  • RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht

    RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht-2

  • RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht

    RNLI award for Torbay helmsman after two are rescued from yacht-1

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Alec and Christina Dykes

Lifeboat class: Severn class

Funded by: legacies of Helen C Dykes and Robert Buchanan together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Severn


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name
: John William Hirst

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1866
A great gale swept Torbay in January, causing the loss of over 60 ships and the tragic loss of nearly 100 lives. As a result, the RNLI established the lifeboat station at Brixham and the people of Exeter raised money for the first lifeboat, City of Exeter.

Since then there have been 10 different lifeboats stationed here.

1872 
A new boathouse and slipway were built near the corner of the breakwater at Brixham Harbour.

1876
A lifeboat station was established at Torquay and three different lifeboats served there until 1923.

1923
The station at Torquay closed and Brixham station was renamed Torbay Lifeboat Station.

1930
The lifeboat was placed on moorings in the harbour.

1964
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat. Three different types of ILB have been stationed at Torbay; the Hatch class, McLaughlin and D class.

1966
A Centenary Vellum was presented to the station.

1988
The station was granted the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Torbay.

1990
The boathouse was adapted for the D class lifeboat and provided improved crew facilities.

1996
A new D class lifeboat was placed on service.

2001 
The new all-weather lifeboat, the Severn class Alec and Christina Dykes, arrived on station in October.

2005
A new D class lifeboat John William Hirst placed on service.

2008
Coxswain Mark Criddle is awarded the Silver Medal for Gallantry for his part in rescuing the crew of the disabled, listing freighter Ice Prince in a force 9 strong gale. Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were accorded to each of the lifeboat's crew. Torbay crew were also given the Pride of Britain award in the Emergency Services category for this rescue.

 

Station honours 

At Torbay Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 7

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 19

Bronze Medal 19

Silver Medal 6

Gold Medal 1

1889
Honorary Secretary Rev R F Elrington - Vellum*

1915
Second Coxswain William Pillar - Albert Medal

1935
Coxswain WA Mogridge - Bronze

1937
Coxswain WA Mogridge - Bronze

1939
Coxswain WA Mogridge - Silver

1940
Second Coxswain W Pillar, Mechanic RT Harris and Bowman F Sanders - Bronze

1944
Coxswain FC Sanders - Silver

Mechanic RT Harris - Bronze

1946
Coxswain HO Thomas - Bronze

1959
Coxswain HO Thomas - Silver

Mechanic RT Harris - Bronze

1959
Six crew members - Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum

1964
Coxswain Harold Coyde - Silver

Mechanic RT Harris - Bronze

Eight crew members - Vellum

1973
Mechanic Barry Pike - Silver and Ralph Glister award

Helmsman Kenneth Gibbs - Vellum

Coxswain Kenneth Gibbs - Bronze

1976
Crew Member John Dew - Bronze

Acting Coxswain Keith William Bower - Gold

Mechanic Stephen James Bower, Assistant Mechanic William John Hunkin, Crew Members Michael Mills, Nicholas Davies, Richard Brown and John Dew - Bronze

1979
Coxswain George Edward Dyer and Coxswain Arthur Curnow - Bronze

Coxswain Arthur Curnow, Acting Assistant Mechanic Brian Caunter and Crew Member Michael Kingston - Framed Letters of Thanks

1990
Coxswain Curnow - Vellum

1992
Coxswain and crew - Collective Framed Letter of Thanks

Ex Coxswain Arthur Curnow received the BEM in his retirement from the station

1995
Crew Member Nigel Crang - Framed Letter of Thanks

1998
Coxswain David Hurford - Framed Letter of Thanks

1999
Helmsman Nigel Crang and Crew Member Simon James - Vellum

Crew Member Nick O’Brien - Framed Letter of Thanks

2008
Coxswain Mark Criddle - Silver Medal for Gallantry. Second Coxswain Roger Good, Deputy Second Coxswain John Ashford, Mechanic Mathew Tyler, Second Mechanic Nigel Coulton, Crew Members Darryll Farley and Dr Alexander Rowe - Vellum.

*Vellum = Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum