Scarborough Lifeboat Station project

What’s needed:

A new Shannon class boathouse and slipway


Scarborough Lifeboat Station


Planned for completion in 2016

Here’s why…

Lifeboat volunteers at Scarborough have been saving lives at sea for over 200 years. The station was founded in 1801 – 23 years before the RNLI was formed – making Scarborough one of our oldest lifeboat stations.

The current boathouse on Foreshore Road near West Pier was built in 1826,  and the RNLI has been serving generations of lifeboat crews and the community of Scarborough well from the same location for almost 200 years.

The building has been extended a number of times over the years to accommodate new classes of lifeboats, most recently in 1991 for the station’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat, Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs 12-18.

At 25 years old, the station’s much-loved Mersey is now nearing the end of her operational life and her replacement will be a state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat.

With a top speed of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the Mersey – a crucial factor when lives are at risk at sea.

She is propelled by waterjets, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat, and has a faster and safer launch and recovery system.

Being larger than the Mersey, Scarborough’s new Shannon needs a bigger boathouse. The current boathouse is now of an age where extensions and modifications are no longer practical or cost-effective. And keeping the Shannon and her launch and recovery equipment together will make for faster and safer launches.

So the current lifeboat station is being demolished and a new lifeboat station and slipway built in its place.

During the construction phase, Scarborough Lifeboat Station will remain fully operational from temporary facilities and moorings within Scarborough Harbour.

What a new station means to the crew and community

Scarborough inshore lifeboat crew: Helm Rudi Barman (centre), Crew Member Craig Burnett (right) and Crew Member Adam Beston (left)

This station project heralds an exciting new era in Scarborough RNLI’s rich and long lifesaving history.

Andrew Ashton
RNLI Divisional Operations Manager


In addition to housing the Shannon and the station’s inshore D class lifeboat, the rebuild will vastly improve conditions for the crew too.

Lifeboat stations are not only an operational base for our lifeboats. They also provide support for the programme of continuous competence-based training that is an essential requirement for all volunteer lifeboat crew members.

A crew room will allow extra space for this lifesaving training and other modern facilities will include a drying room for crew kit, a mechanic’s workshop and communications and administration facilities.

The crew room can also double as a rescue coordination room and as a safe and private refuge during rescue operations for waiting family and friends with a small galley for the provision of essential cups of tea.

In addition, there will be an RNLI shop, an improved viewing gallery from which to see the Shannon lifeboat and exhibition space so that visitors can learn all about Scarborough’s lifesaving history.

And there will also be space for our lifeguards to store the equipment needed for their Summer beach safety patrols on Scarborough North Bay and Scarborough South Bay Beaches.

With a lifeboat and lifeboat station fit for the 21st century, Scarborough’s brave lifeboat volunteers can continue their long and proud record of saving lives at sea on this challenging part of the coastline and the community of Scarborough will be safer than ever before.

How you can help

With 94% of our total income coming from generous donations and legacies, we depend on our dedicated volunteers and supporters to continue saving lives at sea.

The fundraising never stops. Our lifeboat crews have a team of fundraising volunteers behind them, all working tirelessly to raise essential lifesaving funds for their stations and lifeboats to keep their communities as safe as possible.

If you’d like to support them and help fund our search and rescue service, including lifeboat station projects such as this one, please donate today.