Station history

The Invergordon lifeboat station was established in 1974 as an ALB station. This was part of the RNLI policy of providing more intensive lifeboat coverage off the north east of Scotland. Other stations established were Kirkwall in 1972 and Macduff in 1974.

1976

The station carried out its first service on 3 July.

A McLachlan A class inshore lifeboat was temporarily sent to the station on 1 July for a trial period.

1979

The McLachlan A class inshore lifeboat was withdrawn on 1 November, having carried out only one service launch on 6 September. The 52' Barnett ALB remained on service.

1984

The Barnett class was replaced by a Brede class lifeboat.

1989

The Brede was replaced by a Waveney class lifeboat.

1992

New purpose-built shore facility constructed adjacent to the pier. This provides a crewroom, changing room, office, workshop, toilet and shower.

1996

A new Trent class lifeboat ON1206 Douglas Aikman Smith was placed on service 4 May1996. The lifeboat was funded by the generous bequest of Mr Douglas Aikman Smith. The Waveney class lifeboat has been withdrawn.

Work was carried out on the construction of a blockwork building on the end of the pier in order to provide housing of a fuel storage tank for the Trent class lifeboat and also to provide workshop facilities.

2002

A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr Peter Nicholson, presented to Second Coxswain Andrew Murray in recognition of his professionalism, seamanship and courage during a long service conducted in poor weather conditions when the crew were rescued from the merchant vessel Est on 15 January following an incident on board.

2005

New pontoon berth completed at a cost of £77,000.