Door handle to Penlee RNLI’s old lifeboat station discovered missing

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Penlee RNLI are appealing to their online community to help locate the missing door handle to the old Penlee lifeboat station in Mousehole. The handle was discovered missing at the end of last week and by sharing the news with their 28,000 followers on social media, the station hope


Penlee RNLI's old lifeboat station at Penlee Point Mousehole

that it will be returned as soon as possible.

The ornate cast iron handle has been part of the old lifeboat station at Penlee Point, Mousehole since it was built in 1912. Countless Penlee lifeboat coxswains and crew members have turned it over the years.

Elaine Trethowan, Penlee’s Lifeboat Press Officer says;

‘We simply can’t understand why someone would take it; they would have had to go to considerable effort to reach through the metal gates to the station to get the handle and remove it. Whether this was done as a prank or on purpose, we don’t know or care. It has no monetary value but has obvious, huge sentimental value for the Penlee volunteers and the community and we would very much like to have it back in its rightful place.

If anyone has any information, or knows of its whereabouts please contact us via Facebook or Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting crime reference 090325/18.’

Notes to Editors

  • Please find attached two images, one of the missing door handle and one of the old lifeboat station. Credit RNLI/Penlee
RNLI media contacts

For more information contact Elaine Trethowan, Penlee Lifeboat Press Officer on 07704669406 or or Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07920818807 or email


Ornate door handle which has gone missing from Penlee RNLI's old lifeboat station

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