Station history

The first lifeboat station in the area was opened in 1830 at Penmon, by the Angelsey Lifesaving Association.

The Beaumaris station was established in 1891 and closed in 1895 when Penmon was provided with a more powerful lifeboat.  The station was re-opened in 1914.

1830

Silver Medal awarded to David Griffiths for the rescue by rope of 40 to 50 men, women and children from the emigrant ship Newry that was wrecked off the Lleyn Peninsula on 16 April 1830.  The master ordered the mainmast cut down to form a bridge between the ship and shore, using this, three hundred and seventy five people were saved, 40 to 50 of them by Mr Griffiths with the help of three labourers who received a monetary award.

1831

Silver Medals and Silver Boats awarded to William Lewis Walker and Ralph Williamson for the rescue by boat of 22 people from the Steam Packet Rothsay Castle that was wrecked in horrendous weather on the night of 18 August.  Over 120 people were lost.

1854

The smack Two Brothers of Aberystwyth was, during a north easterly gale, stranded in Red Wharf Bay on the Anglesey coast.  The crew of three men, after much difficulty and risk, were rescued by a shore boat manned by John Price and eight others.  It was nearly four hours before the boat could reach the wreck, although the distance from the shore was not more than one mile.  John Price was awarded a Silver Medal.

1891

Beaumaris Lifeboat Station established and a new lifeboat, Tom and Jenny, ON271, built at a cost of £667, was placed on service.

1896

Beaumaris Lifeboat Station closed.

1911

Lifeboat and slipway constructed at a cost of £5,204.

1913

King George V inspected the new lifeboat whilst it was at Cowes and took a trip in her.

1914

The station was reopened and a new motorised Watson Class lifeboat, Frederick Kitchen, ON621, built at a cost of £3,727, was placed on service.

1945

A new motorised Watson Class lifeboat, Field Marshall and Mrs Smuts, ON846, built at a cost of £13,865, was placed on service.

1959

A Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was sent to the coxswain and crew for standing by the Greek tanker Essar I throughout the night of 27/28 October in extremely severe weather conditions.

1967

A small boathouse was erected in May to house a D class lifeboat, Blue Peter II, D-127, which was placed on service.  The cost of the lifeboat was met by the BBC Blue Peter Appeal.

1975

A new boathouse was built to accommodate the Atlantic 21 class ILB.

1976

D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced with an Atlantic 21 lifeboat Blue Peter II B-515.  The cost of the lifeboat was met by the BBC Blue Peter Appeal.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman John Charles Askew in recognition of his service on 23 October when the crew of two was rescued from the yacht Tantivy.

1977

The Field Marshall and Mrs Smuts was withdrawn from service and replaced with the Watson Class lifeboat Greater London II (Civil Service No 30), ON921, which had previously been on service at Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station.

1978

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman David Jones in recognition of his service in the Atlantic 21 lifeboat on 23 July 1977, when the yacht Rosskop was saved. Vellum Service Certificates were also presented to lifeboat-men John askew and Simon Dubberley and Dr Jack Dubberley.

1982

Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain David Gallichan in recognition of the courage, judgement and seamanship displayed by him when the lifeboat Greater London II (Civil Service No 30) rescued the crew of two of the fishing vessel Wygyr that was in difficulties at the northern end of the Menai Straits in a strong south-south-easterly gale rising to storm force and a blizzard on 13 December 1981.  The launch was found and taken in tow but after the line parted the two men were taken on board the lifeboat.  A second attempt to tow the craft failed and she blew ashore and broke up.  The two men were landed safely at Menai Bridge.

1983

Atlantic 21 lifeboat-house extended to provide improved crew facilities.

1985

A new Atlantic Class ILB, B-563, also named Blue Peter II, replaced the outgoing B-515. The cost of the lifeboat was met by the BBC Blue Peter Appeal.

1989

The Greater London II (Civil Service No 30) was withdrawn from service and replaced with the Watson Class lifeboat, The Robert, ON955, which had previously been on service at other lifeboat stations.

1991

Further extension to Atlantic 21 lifeboat house was constructed to allow the housing of the lifeboat and launching tractor, coupled in-line, and also an integral souvenir sales outlet.

The all weather lifeboat, The Robert, was withdrawn on 7 July and the station re-graded to all-year-round ILB station.

1998

A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to crew member Martin Broughton for the service to the yacht Moon Storm which had gone aground in south-south-westerly winds which were Force 10/11, with recorded gusts of Force 12 with moderate seas, a six foot swell and poor visibility in the early hours of the morning of the 24 October.

2000

New boathouse completed May 2000.  The new station B class lifeboat B-768 was placed on service on 4 September 2000, again being named Blue Peter II.  This lifeboat was provided by the viewers of the BBC children's programme Blue Peter and was funded from the proceeds of The Pieces of Eight Appeal, November 1993.

2009

The Trustees voted to award the station a Vellum in 2010 to commemorate 100 years aggregated service.

2010

The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat B-838 Annette Mary Liddington was placed on service in January. B-768 has been withdrawn. This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Mr John Grover Liddington in memory of his mother and other donations to the Beaumaris Lifeboat Station Local Appeal.

MEDAL RECORD

Six Silver medals and one bronze medal have been awarded, the last being voted in 1982.