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Spotlight on RNLI Manx heritage in new 200th anniversary collaboration

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI and Visit Isle of Man have teamed up to highlight the rich nautical heritage of the island, as the lifesaving charity which was founded in the Isle of Man gears up to celebrate 200 years of saving lives at sea.

Representatives from Visit Isle of Man and the RNLI

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Representatives from Visit Isle of Man and the RNLI

Last night representatives of the Visitor Economy came together at the Manx Museum to learn about promotional plans and events in the pipeline to celebrate the RNLI’s 200th year in 2024.

As part of the exciting plans, a new leaflet including a map and trail has been created pinpointing significant sites across the island, the birthplace of the RNLI, where visitors can explore the lifesaving charity’s proud heritage. The leaflet will be available to accommodation providers, at visitor information centres, the Sea Terminal and Isle of Man Airport.

Allen Corlett, Chairman of the 200th Anniversary Isle of Man Panel and Lifeboat Operations Manager for Peel Lifeboat, says:

‘We are thrilled to be collaborating with Visit Isle of Man to celebrate the significance of the Isle of Man in the RNLI’s history. Sir William Hillary’s vision for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea became a reality in March 1824. Now nearly 200 years later, the commitment of RNLI lifesavers continues, assisted by a community of generous supporters.

‘The RNLI 200 Showcase Evening where we presented our exciting plans was very well received.

‘We are grateful to have had the opportunity to let local businesses and organisations know how they can be part of our celebrations and to enable them to work with us and Visit Isle of Man to share the RNLI's 200th year with their guests, visitors and friends. We hope people will be inspired by our plans, promotional materials and events to continue their support for the RNLI.’

A map proof was unveiled which showcases some of the significant sites in the island, including the five RNLI Lifeboat Stations at Douglas, Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary and Port Erin.

The map will also show other locations relevant to the story of the RNLI in the Isle of Man, such as the resting place of Sir William Hillary, the bronze sculpture paying tribute to the bravery of lifeboat crews in Douglas’ Sunken Garden, a plaque commemorating the loss of

HMS Racehorse and the House of Manannan which will host a special RNLI exhibition in 2024. As an incentive to visit all sites along the RNLI trail, each location will also host a QR code for more information.

Notes to Editor:

  • Find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary at
  • Launch into a podcast like no other: the RNLI’s 200 Voices releases a new episode daily, exploring captivating stories from the charity’s history and through to the current day, wherever you get your podcasts or at

RNLI media contacts

For further information, please contact Claire Fitzpatrick-Smith, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on [email protected] or 07977 728 315, or Carol Hunter, RNLI Peel Lifeboat Press Officer on [email protected] or 07624 461 213.

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Press Office on [email protected] or 01202 336 789.

Anjie Rook RNLI Associate Director - Fundraising Marketing and Media delivering a presentation on the RNLI 200 campaign

RNLI/Liam Gilman

Anjie Rook, RNLI Associate Director - Fundraising Marketing and Media, delivering a presentation on the RNLI 200 campaign
Heritage picture form the RNLI archive

RNLI/Liam Gilman

Heritage picture from the RNLI archive

RNLI/Liam Gilman

Allen Corlett speaking at the launch

RNLI/Liam Gilman

Allen Corlett speaking at the launch
Douglas Coxswain Edd Christian

RNLI/Liam Gilman

Douglas Coxswain Edd Christian

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