2016 news archive from Penlee Lifeboat Station

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Penlee facebook tops 20,000 likes

A moment the media team have been waiting for has arrived

22/12/2016
 

 

Penlee sends Christmas greetings to all our supporters

A Christmas greeting from us here at the station

22/12/2016
 

 

Juan Ferrer crew remembered

Christmas wreath placed on the recently found grave of 4 of the crew

20/12/2016
 

 

Penlee mentioned in PM's Questions

MP Derek Thomas and the Prime Minister paid tribute to Penlee and the RNLI

14/12/2016
 

 

£1,000 reward offered for Gold Medal

An RNLI supporter offers £1,000 for information leading to the medals return

12/12/2016
 

 

Ivan Ellen gets a bottom scrub!

The Penlee ALB put onto the slip at Newlyn for some routine TLC

08/12/2016
 

 

Support from the Lions

£300 cheque received from Honiton & District Lions Club

05/12/2016
 

 

A HUGE thank you from Penlee to our supporters

Penlee says Thank you as our facebook page tops 19,000 likes

02/12/2016
 

 

Memorial stone for crew of the MV Juan Ferrer erected

A headstone finally on the resting place of 4 sailors after 53 years

30/11/2016
 

 

RNLI City of Manchester Branch donate to our appeal

Another huge donation from the City of Manchester Branch

12/11/2016
 

 

Final fundraising figures for Porthleven Lifeboat day

a huge success from a very small band of dedicated volunteers

11/11/2016
 

 

Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir perform at Penlee

Their rousing shanties were enjoyed by everyone

23/10/2016
 

 

RNLI Fish Supper at 'The Goldophin Arms, Marazion'

Another well supported event held by the Godolphin Arms

15/10/2016
 

 

RNLI Urge supporters to 'Opt in' not to loose contact

Changes to the rules mean you need to 'Opt in' to allow us to keep in contact

09/10/2016
 

 

'Juan Ferrer' memorial stone appeal.

Penlee Heritage team launch appeal to put a memorial stone on unmarked grave

02/10/2016
 

 

Tom Ritchie training at RNLI Sea Survival Centre.

Crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation

01/10/2016
 

 

Geevor Charity Tractor & 4x4 Road Run.

Over £500 raised for the Penlee Appeal - Thanks!

10/09/2016
 

 

Proposed plans for new lifeboat station released.

Our proposed new station plans available for you to see

09/09/2016
 

 

Another amazing cheque from Paddlecreast.

A big thank you to our supporters as Patch receives another cheque towards our appeal

07/09/2016
 

 

Good news about our new station build.

Some great news as a possible date comes through on the planning of our build

03/09/2016
 

 

Trevelyan's Gold Medal missing, suspected stolen.

A very dark day in our history as we announce to the public the sad news

31/08/2016
 

 

Crew day and Annual Blessing service at Mousehole.

A packed quay at Mousehole for the Annual Blessing Service

21/08/2016
 

 

Spirit of Mount's Bay Festival Cheque presentation.

Penlee was overrun by mermaids as the Penlee Cluster Holiday Club visited us

15/08/2016
 

 

Porthleven lifeboat day a great success.

Another year heralded a huge success by all of those who visited

14/08/2016
 

 

Penlee Crewmember celebrates 20 years.

Dave Pascoe celebrates receiving his 20 year badge for service to the RNLI

13/08/2016
 

 

The 'RNLB Mollie and Ivor Dent' arrives at Penlee.

Penlee's new lifeboat arrives on station

10/08/2016
 

 

Penlee awaits delivery of a new Atlantic 85 class.

A new chapter in the 213 year History of our station

08/08/2016
 

 

'Golden ticket' winners cash them in...

Our lucky 'Golden ticket' winners visit Penlee

05/08/2016
 

 

St. Michael's Mount Lifeboat day 2016

The first of the revival of Marazion's Lifeboat days heralded a great success

31/07/2016
 

 

Penlee Heritage talk raising funds for Paul Church

Our Heritage officer gave his Torrey Canyon talk at Paul Church

26/07/2016
 

 

Our Facebook page hits 16,000 likes!

Thanks to you all for liking and sharing our page

09/07/2016
 

 

Another donation from the Freemasons of Cornwall

Cornubian Lodge of Hayle donate £333 following our Heritage officer's talk

07/07/2016
 

 

Registration for the 2016 'Around the Mount Swim' open

The Swim takes place on Saturday 10th September

07/07/2016
 

 

8,000 miles via 237 lifeboat stations

Steve McAllister's RNLI Coastal Cycle challenge passes Penlee

06/07/2016
 

 

Rotary Club of Penzance donation

Rotary Club of Penzance makes donation to the Penlee appeal

15/06/2016
 

 

Community Cashback award to Penlee Appeal

Penlee wins a share of the Community Cashback thanks to you!

09/06/2016
 

 

Check out our latest Branch Newsletter

Spring 2016 edition - catch up on all that's happened since last Autumn

07/06/2016
 

 

It's been a very busy week for the crew

Seven launches in seven days!

07/06/2016
 

 

'Spirit of Mount's Bay' Festival, St.Mary's Church

Thanks to the Penlee cluster churches for putting on such a great festival

02/06/2016
 

 

Penlee Facebook page hits 15,000 likes!

Thanks to all our supporters for sharing and liking our page

01/06/2016
 

 

Keep the images coming in

A look at some of the images posted to Penlee from you

30/05/2016
 

 

A win for the Fire rescue service and charity

Annual RNLI vs CFRS rugby match with everyone a winner!

09/05/2016
 

 

The new Penlee Inshore Lifeboat taking shape

Our Station Mechanic, Tony Rendle, visits the RNLI Inshore lifeboat centre

27/04/2016
 

 

Porthenys Players panto raises money for Penlee

The cast of the Porthenys Players present Patch with a huge cheque

16/04/2016
 

 

Penlee Lifeboat Visits Officer at Malvern RNLI Branch

Our LVO, Martin Brockman gave a heritage talk for Malvern Fundraising Branch

10/04/2016
 

 

Penlee help launch Rowes 'Lifeboat biscuits'

Our team spent the day at Penzance Tesco store launching the new product

09/04/2016
 

 

Update on the Ivan Ellen refit

Our Severn class lifeboat is undergoing a major refit at South Boats IOW

08/04/2016
 

 

Aspects Holidays visit our station

Great supporters of not only Penlee but the RNLI spend some time with our crew

07/04/2016
 

 

Penlee Facebook page hits 14,000 likes!

Thanks to all our supporters for sharing and liking our page

05/04/2016
 

 

'Action Nan' raising funds for the RNLI

Pat Smith is walking around the Cornish coastline raising funds

31/03/2016
 

 

Open day at the old Penlee station another great success

278 supporters visited the old Penlee station in just 4 hours

28/03/2016
 

 

Caleb presented a cheque to Coxswain Patch Harvey

Caleb swam 20 lengths of Penzance Swimming Pool raising £135

15/03/2016
 

 

Tributes to RNLI volunteer who died in Outland Road collision

Donations are flooding into our appeal in memory of RNLI volunteer, Nathan Dale

14/03/2016
 

 

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion, hold another coffee morning

Another coffee morning & Raffle raising £450 for our appeal

12/03/2016
 

 

Fundraiser Rob Lawrance visits Penlee

Rob went 'Dry for January' raising a staggering £726.01 for our appeal!

08/03/2016
 

 

Penzance & Mounts Bay Sailing clubs visit Penlee

Members of the Penzance and Mounts Bay Sailing clubs visited the old Penlee slipway

20/02/2016
 

 

Roland's Happy Plaice raises £1,106.19

Roland's Happy Plaice, Fish and Chips in Porthleven raises £1,106.19 for our appeal

13/02/2016
 

 

The Godolphin Arms 'Saturday club' present Penlee with £1,343

November last year they held a coffee morning & auction raising funds for our appeal

30/01/2016
 

 

Penlee Lifeboat station statistics for 2015 released

RNLI statistics for the south west region lifeboat stations released

28/01/2016
 

 

David Rickard donates a further £1,500 to Penlee

Pensioner David donates the money from his paper round to Penlee

28/01/2016
 

 

Penlee remembers the 'Lovat Disaster'

41 years ago the 'Solomon Browne' went to the aid of the 'MV Lovat'

25/01/2016
 

 

Penzance Sailing club members pay a visit

Some of the members of Penzance Sailing club visited the station to see the lifeboats

16/01/2016
 

 

Penlee to get new Inshore lifeboat

New Atlantic 85 lifeboat coming this summer

10/01/2016
 

 

Remains of the wreck of the 'Jeune Hortense' visible

Storms uncover what is thought to be the wreck of the 'Jeune Hortense'

02/01/2016
         
                                                                                                                                          

 

 

22/12/16
Penlee facebook tops 20,000 likes

A huge thank you to you all as our facebook page clicked over 20,000 likes in the evening of 22nd Dec.

By midnight it had reached 20,170 likes - can we make 21,000 by the new year? please help us by liking and sharing...

 

 

22/12/16    top of page
Penlee sends Christmas greetings to all our supporters

As the big day fast approaches we would like to send you our good wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas.

 

 

Thank you for your kind Facebook comments, likes, shares, and encouraging messages throughout the year, they are all much appreciated.

 

It's always good to know that you are all behind us on every single 'shout' - keep up the good work!

 

 

Happy Christmas one and all.

 

 

20/12/16    top of page
Juan Ferrer crew remembered

Today members of the Penlee Lifeboat Station Heritage team remembered the crew of the Juan Ferrer who tragically lost their lives at sea in October 1963.

 

A Christmas wreath was placed on their grave with the newly erected memorial stone. 

 

Gone but not forgotten.

 

Many thanks to your support for allowing this exquisite memorial stone to be erected.       

 

 

14/12/16
Penlee mentioned in PM's Questions

Penlee Lifeboat was mentioned in Prime Minister's question time today. In response to a question from Derek Thomas, Conservative MP for St Ives, the Prime Minister Theresa May said 'I thank my hon. Friend for raising this issue. I absolutely join him in marking the 35th anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat tragedy and in sending our sympathies to all those families who were affected, but also to the local communities who were affected as he has set out. Finally, I am sure that everybody in this House will want to pay tribute to the RNLI and the tireless work they do. As an island, it is important that we have that security and safety around our shores. The RNLI work tirelessly to protect people who, as my hon. Friend said, are in peril on the sea and we pay tribute to them.'

 

 

12/12/16    top of page
£1,000 reward offered for Gold Medal

Thanks to the generosity of a dedicated RNLI supporter the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is now offering a reward of £1,000 for the safe return of the historic gold medal posthumously awarded to Trevelyan Richards, the Coxswain of the Penlee lifeboat 'Solomon Browne'.

The charity is especially interested in hearing from the member of the public who contacted Dorset Police anonymously with information and are appealing for them to get back in touch.

Anybody with any information about the medal’s location is urged to contact Dorset Police, quoting crime reference number I02 136, to contact the RNLI direct or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Read more here - RNLI News centre - Gold Medal reward

Please share and spread the word.

 

 

08/12/16    top of page
Ivan Ellen gets a bottom scrub!

 

    

On the Slip at Newlyn having a good clean, The new anti-fouling that was painted on during her recent major refit proved to be a great success cutting the time required to clean the bottom by several hours.

 

 

05/12/16    top of page
Support from the Lions

Our Fundraising Chairman, Eric Taylor, and RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Ben Bowskill, collected a £300 cheque from Honiton & District Lions Club.

This money was raised by Lion David Rickard, the clubs very own Cornishman, who has been selling books to raise money for our new lifeboat station in Newlyn.

David, aged 75yrs, (third from left) has already raised more than £4,000 for the RNLI in memory of his late mother, Mary Rickard. He has done this through working local paper rounds and saving the pay and tips to give to charity. David has done this for more than 10 years, and has already visited Penlee twice. He will be returning on 26 January 2017 to present another cheque for £1,500.

 

 

02/12/16    top of page
A HUGE thank you from Penlee to our supporters

Celebrations within the Penlee Media team today as our facebook page topped 19,000 likes.

 

We've been watching it grow steadily over the past few weeks, thinking we might be lucky enough to have 19,000 likes by the end of the year, but a 'flurry' of interest over the past few days has caught us by surprise.

 

Thank you all who have shared, liked and invited friends to do so

Have another go at inviting your friends to like us, we might top 20,000 by the end of the year!
           

 

 

30/11/16    top of page
Memorial stone for crew of the MV Juan Ferrer erected

The Juan Ferrer memorial stone is now in place at Penzance Cemetery. It will be blessed and dedicated at a later date when family and friends from Galicia can be present.

We are hugely indebted to Sarah and Victor at Long Rock Memorials for their help, advice and guidance. They kindly gave their work free of charge, a very generous and thoughtful gesture which is much appreciated.
www.longrockmemorials.co.uk/

 Thank you to everyone who donated so generously to the fundraising appeal, without you this wouldn't have happened. 
           

 

 

12/11/16    top of page
RNLI City of Manchester Branch donate to our appeal

Huge thanks to the RNLI City of Manchester Branch who have raised another £1,000 towards our station appeal.

 

The generosity of our supporters in a 'Land-locked' branch and the dedication of our volunteers is what makes the RNLI as great as it is.

Well done folks, we are so lucky to have your continued support.

 

 

11/11/16    top of page
Final fundraising figures for Porthleven Lifeboat day

The final fundraising figure for this years Porthleven Lifeboat Day has arrived.....

The hardworking, loyal and dedicated volunteers who make up the RNLI Porthleven & District Branch, 8 people in total, have raised another staggering £9,251 towards our station appeal, plus £533 in souvenir sales which goes to the RNLI central fund. It was an amazingly successful day in perfect Cornish sunshine which made the 9 months of planning, hard work, and sleepless nights well worth it!

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who was involved in the planning of this tremendous lifeboat day, and to all the amazing visitors who donated so generously.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer on the RNLI Porthleven & District Branch, search them out on FaceBook, or their website (Click here for link)

See you all again next year on Sunday 20th August           

 

 

23/10/16    top of page
Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir perform at Penlee

Well done to the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir who gave an amazing performance on a blustery Sunday afternoon at the old boathouse, Penlee Point.

Their rousing shanties were enjoyed by everyone and the pasties were great!

Thanks to all of those who attended and helped organise the event to support the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir and of course Penlee lifeboat.

 

 

15/10/16    top of page
RNLI Fish Supper at 'The Goldophin Arms, Marazion'

Huge thanks to everyone that came and supported the RNLI Fish Supper last night, and to our hosts at The Godolphin Arms. The night started with a fish demonstration by Matthew Stevens, followed by a delicious fish platter starter with crab supplied by The Real Cornish Crab Company, a delicious main of hake provided by Matthew Stevens, and for those that could manage it a lemon posset dessert!

In addition to ticket sales, the raffle and auction raised an additional £375 on the night with some great prizes being won.

We are still counting the money but well over £1,000 is in the fundraising pot. Slapdash Trio kept the crowd entertained, with the night being a huge success!

 

 

09/10/16    top of page
RNLI Urge supporters to 'Opt in' not to loose contact

Our volunteers are ready to brave anything the sea can throw at them. But the biggest danger the RNLI faces right now? It’s losing touch with you.

You may have heard that an important change is afoot at the RNLI – one that will put supporters like you in charge of how we contact you. We’re the first UK-based charity to make this change – it’s the right thing to do for our supporters – but we need your help.

You can look at our social media any time, but soon, we won't contact you via post, email or phone unless you’ve chosen to ‘opt in’ to hear from us – even if you’re an existing supporter.

Our volunteer lifesavers rely on your continued support to help keep the British and Irish coasts safe.

Please visit the RNLI website today and tick the box to opt in - because communication really does save lives: follow this link       

 

 

02/10/16    top of page
'Juan Ferrer' memorial stone appeal.

In the early hours of the 23rd October,1963 during a south-westerly gale and poor visibility the MV Juan Ferrer, a 640 tonne Spanish coaster ran aground on rocks at Boscawen Point near Tater Du.

The radio was dead, the ships lifeboats were out of action and the Juan Ferrer, fatally gashed by the rocks, was sinking fast. Eleven members of the vessel's crew of 15 did not live to tell the tale of what happened next. Only four - including the Juan Ferrer's 32-year old captain - could recount the desperate battle against a very angry sea.

53 years later, during research for the new Penlee Lifeboat History book, our Heritage Team at Penlee Lifeboat Station, Elaine Trethowan & Martin Brockman, have located the unmarked mass grave of four of those young men who drowned off the coast of Cornwall.

With the support of the remaining family and friends, in Galicia, Spain, who were not aware of the final resting place of their loved ones, it is hoped that enough money can be raised to place a permanent memorial on their grave at Penzance Cemetery.

Please help us to make this happen - spread the word and share. Thank you

Follow this link to donate           

 

 

01/10/16    top of page
Tom Ritchie training at RNLI Sea Survival Centre.

One of our newest volunteer crew members at Penlee has just had a vital part of his crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Tom Ritchie, 29, who recently moved from Dundonald in Scotland to Penzance, travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, where he completed the charity’s Trainee Crew Course. A key part of the course is the sea survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water; team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness; how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat; and the importance of lifejackets.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat.

 

 

10/09/16    top of page
Geevor Charity Tractor & 4x4 Road Run.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part in the recent Geevor Charity Tractor & 4x4 Road Run, it looks like you all had a fun day!

 

We really appreciate your support and the generous donation to our appeal.

 

Over £500 raised...

 

 

09/09/16    top of page
Proposed plans for new lifeboat station released.

The final plans for our new lifeboat station are now on display at Newlyn.

 

Please call into the station between 10.00am & 12.00 midday, Monday to Friday, and take a look.

We would really appreciate your feedback, comments and support. Pop in and see Patch and he will point you in the right direction.

 

A full public consultation/question and answer session will take place in October. Date to be arranged.

 

 

07/09/16    top of page
Another amazing cheque from Paddlecreast.

On Wed 7th Sept we had a visit from Richard Uren of Paddlecrest Coaching who presented a huge £750 cheque to Coxswain Patch Harvey.

The money was raised in conjunction with Penzance Canoe Club who organised a sea kayak meet - 70 kayaks from across the UK travelled to Cornwall and supported the event.

 

Many thanks to you all for your generous donations and continued support.

 

 

03/09/16    top of page
Good news about our new station build.

Artists impression of the new crew room

Some really good news - things are moving in the right direction with our plans for a new station and visitor centre in Newlyn.

The RNLI Estates team hope to submit a planning application for approval later this month. In the meantime, before the drawings are submitted, we will be putting the plans on display at the station so that you can pop in for a look. Watch out for further posts on a start date. Once we have submitted our planning application, a community meeting will take place in Newlyn, probably in late October, to give the public an opportunity to comment and ask questions about the proposals.

Date to be arranged.

 

 

31/08/16    top of page
Trevelyan's Gold Medal missing, suspected stolen.

It is with deep sadness that we share this news with you all.

The RNLI gold medal posthumously awarded to William Trevelyan Richards, Coxswain of the ill fated lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' has gone missing, suspected stolen.

The medal was recently identified as missing from a dedicated secure facility at the charity's head office in Poole. Despite an extensive search the medal is still missing and police have been notified of a suspected theft.

This medal is of huge historical importance to our station, to the families of the crew who lost their lives so heroically, to the wider community of Mousehole & Newlyn, the RNLI and beyond. Trevelyan's gold medal is irreplaceable and our priority is to see it returned to his family as soon as possible. This is the ONLY gold medal in the history of the RNLI awarded posthumously.

If you have any information as to the current whereabouts of this medal, or can assist in anyway please contact Dorset Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 02:136.

Information can also be reported anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555111, or via the RNLI on 0300 300 9990.

 

 

21/08/16    top of page
Crew day and Annual Blessing service at Mousehole.

                        

To start the day off, the Penlee Heritage team opened the old lifeboat station at Penlee Point between 11.00am & 2.00pm. They welcomed over 250 visitors who were all extremely generous, donating £236 towards the Penlee Lifeboat Crew Day.

At noon, things started over at Mousehole on the Quay, the crew ran a BBQ and the Branch fundraisers manned stalls selling RNLI souvenirs and Penlee branded merchandise.

The Penlee lifeboats arrived at 5pm and gave a spectacular SAR display with the new Bristow's Sikorsky S-92 (Coastguard 924), before leaving for Newlyn and readying the boats for the main event of the day.

The annual open air blessing service of the Penlee Lifeboats and Crew. To a packed Quay the lifeboats arrived, the service conduced by the 2 chaplains of Penlee Lifeboat with the assistance of the Seaman's Mission, Crew members and Mousehole Male Voice Choir.

The totals are still being counted, but when we have them we will let you know.

Thank you all for your continued support - without you we could not provide this essential lifesaving service!

 

 

15/08/16    top of page
Spirit of Mount's Bay Festival Cheque presentation.

                        

On Monday 15th August we were joined by three beautiful mermaids, 30 children from the Penlee Cluster Holiday Club, and the dedicated and very talented group of volunteers who organised this year's Spirit of Mount's Bay Festival at St Mary's Church, Penzance.

The festival raised an amazing £2,500 which was split between our appeal and the children's Playzone in Penzance.

A cheque for £1,250 was presented to Patch by the festival organiser, Lynn Kernow - a tour of the Ivan Ellen and station followed.

We really appreciate the hard work that went into this festival, the money raised takes us one step closer to our appeal target.

 

 

14/08/16    top of page
Porthleven lifeboat day a great success.
                        

What a fantastic time we've all had at Porthleven Lifeboat Day this year.

All 3 of the Penlee lifeboats including the new Atlantic 85 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' with Coastguard SAR helicopter, heritage displays in the old lifeboat house, model boats in the harbour head, Cape singers, Samba bands, and much more...

Huge thanks go to the amazing volunteers at Porthleven & District RNLI who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that Lifeboat Day was such a huge success.

Our thanks must also go to all the other lifeboat stations who supported the event, and last but not least, to all our amazing supporters who visited Porthleven and donated so generously.

 

 

13/08/16    top of page
Penlee Crewmember celebrates 20 years
           

                        

On Saturday 13th August 2016 one of our longest serving volunteer crew members, David Pascoe, was awarded his 20 year service badge by Tom Mansell, RNLl Divisional Operations Manager.

David, a Newlyn fisherman and boat owner, joined the Penlee Lifeboat in 1996 and progressed to Deputy 2nd Coxswain and Inshore Lifeboat Helm in 2001. He is now 2nd Coxswain on the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen', and a Senior Helm of our Inshore Lifeboat, the 'Mollie and Ivor Dent'.

During his years at Penlee, David has served under 2 Penlee Coxswains and attended hundreds of shouts.

David's nephew, Thomas Pascoe aged 19 years, is currently a trainee at Penlee. He is the newest and youngest member of our crew and is definitely following in his Uncle's footsteps - congratulations and well done Dave!

 

 

08/08/16    top of page
The 'RNLB Mollie and Ivor Dent' arrives at Penlee.

                        

Penlee RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 Class Inshore Lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent - B893 arrived at Newlyn on Wednesday 10th August 2016.

The Mollie and Ivor Dent was built at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, at a cost of £215,000. Her build costs were funded after a generous legacy from the late Mollie Dent, a lifetime supporter of the RNLI from Newbury, Berkshire. She will replace the Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat, Paul Alexander, which arrived on station in 2003 – 367 services later with 21 lives saved its time for her to move on to pastures new.

Intensive local training will commence immediately, ensuring that all volunteer crewmen at Penlee are familiarised with the new Inshore lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat carries four crew members, is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed. On board is a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, and the added radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility.

 

 

08/08/16    top of page
Penlee awaits delivery of a new Atlantic 85 class.
                        

Another chapter of our history will begin on Wednesday 10th August in the afternoon when we take delivery of a new Atlantic 85 class Inshore lifeboat, the Mollie and Ivor Dent.

She will replace our current Atlantic 75 Inshore lifeboat, Paul Alexander.

Operational commitments permitting, we hope to take all three lifeboats across the bay to Porthleven Lifeboat Day on Sunday, 14th August and at the annual blessing service at Mousehole on Sunday 21st August 14.

Read more here - click here for link to Official RNLI Press release

RNLI stock photo of the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat.

 

 

 

05/08/16    top of page
'Golden ticket' winners cash them in...

                        

Following our recent Lifeboat day on St. Michael's Mount two lucky families won a 'Golden Ticket' inviting them to a VIP tour of the lifeboats and facilities in Newlyn. We were also joined by a vising family from Germany...

Our Heritage officer, Martin Brockman and station mechanic, Tony Rendle, showed them around the facility at Newlyn, a tour of the lifeboats and then Martin took them to the old lifeboat station at Penlee Point for a VIP tour.

We would like to thank all of our supporters who visited the lifeboat day on St.Michael's Mount and also those who dug deep and put money in our collecting boxes.

We hope to run the 'Golden Ticket' competition again soon, so please keep an eye on our social media pages and Good luck!

 

 

31/07/16    top of page
St. Michael's Mount Lifeboat day 2016

                        

What an amazing time we had on St. Michael's Mount on Sunday 31st July. In perfect summer sunshine hundreds of visitors viewed the 'Ivan Ellen' & 'Paul Alexander' lifeboats, and our photographic display in the Barge House. 200 children were pleased to receive a sea safety bag, and two lucky families won a 'Golden Ticket' inviting them to a VIP tour of the lifeboats and facilities in Newlyn.

On the mainland, Geoffrey and the 'Saturday Gang' did a roaring trade with Cream Teas, Cakes and the raffle - together with RNLI souvenirs over £700 was raised.

Our grateful thanks go to St Aubyn Estates for supporting our station appeal, to all the staff on St Michael's Mount who gave us such a warm welcome, to Penzance Sea Cadets for their invaluable help, to Geoffrey and the 'Saturday Gang' for another fantastic fundraiser, to all our dedicated volunteers who willingly gave their time, and last but not least, to everyone who continue to donate so generously to the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal.

 

 

26/07/16    top of page
Penlee Heritage talk raising funds for Paul Church

           

The Penlee Heritage Officer, Martin Brockman, presented his illustrated talk on the Torrey Canyon Disaster at Paul Church. The church is raising funds towards the repair of one of it's iconic stained glass windows.

Paul Church was packed with a very interactive audience. Some of whom were involved in the clean-up after the disaster and also a retired crewmember of the Solomon Browne lifeboat, Nim Bawden. Nim shared some of his memories with the audience and also some of the fun he had with Martin's father, Nigel, who was also a Penlee crewmember attending to the Torrey Canyon and was lost in the Penlee disaster of 1981.

           

Thank you all for attending and supporting our events.

 

 

09/07/16    top of page
Our Facebook page hits 16,000 likes!

           

Thank you all...

We've done it, our Facebook page has 16,000 likes! all thanks to YOU, our wonderful supporters.

 

Keep liking and sharing and see if we can reach our next 1,000 milestone very soon...

 

 

07/07/16    top of page
Another donation from the Freemasons of Cornwall

           

Our Volunteer Visits officer, Martin Brockman, was invited along to present his Torrey Canyon Disaster talk at the Cornubian Masonic Lodge, Hayle.

There were well over 60 people there, including freemasons, their families, friends and public who had seen the event publicised. The talk was followed by a homemade pasty and a raffle.

The Worshipful Master of the Lodge, Worshipful Brother Stuart Wordsworth presented Martin with a cheque for £333.

This is not the first time that the Cornubian Lodge have donated to our appeal, in June 2015 they gave a donation of £660 making their contribution just short of £1000.

In total the freemasons of Cornwall have donated £5,000 - that's 2.5% of our local target!

Thank you Freemasons of Cornwall, Cornubian Lodge No.450 and all of those who attended and donated

 

 

07/07/16    top of page
Registration for the 2016 'Around the Mount Swim' open

           

Great news...

Registration for the 2016 'Around the Mount Swim' on Saturday, 10th September is open!

 

The very first competitor to register was 14 year old Lucy Rendle, a student at Mount's Bay School, and daughter of our lifeboat mechanic, Tony Rendle.

Lucy, who swims for Penzance, wanted to take part last year but she wasn't old enough. We are thrilled that she's taking part this year.

Follow the link to register - click here to register

 

 

06/07/16    top of page
8,000 miles via 237 lifeboat stations

Photo: Penlee LPO Elaine Trethowan

Click here to donate to Steve's challenge

A huge welcome awaited Steve McAllister at Penlee Lifeboat Station. 8,000 miles via 237 lifeboat stations is what Steve's RNLI Coastal Cycle challenge is all about. He's got over 5,000 miles under his belt so far, with the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Ireland still to do.

Patch cycled out to meet Steve, and despite heavy traffic, they arrived back in Newlyn just after midday where Steve was greeted by his wife, three brothers and other family members. Brew with the crew, pasties and a look over the Ivan Ellen lifeboat followed.

Steve was completely overwhelmed by the welcome he received and said, 'This has been the highlight of my journey and I was absolutely thrilled to be joined by Patch. It's an amazing feeling to have closed the last link of the chain around the mainland of Britain'.

Steve will now have a well earned break from cycling but will be back on his bike in the Autumn for his cycle around Ireland.

We wish him all the very best on his onward journey!

 

 

15/06/16    top of page
Rotary Club of Penzance donation

           

The continued support of the volunteers, donors and customers of the Rotary Shop in Penzance resulted in this donation to the Penlee RNLI of £500.

The money will help towards the new crew facilities in Newlyn, where presently cramped conditions need to be replaced. Rotary Club President Jon Symons presents the cheque to RNLI Coxswain Patch Harvey in the company of Rotarians and shop volunteers (L to R Tony Home, Matt Martens, Jon Symons, Des Hosken, Patch Harvey and Sue Home).

This presentation is the latest of many awards made to good causes by the Rotary Club of Penzance over recent months. The club is grateful for all the support that it receives and which enables the Rotary Club of Penzance in turn to support many local community groups and charities.

 

 

09/06/16    top of page
Community Cashback award to Penlee Appeal

We did it! Thank you to everyone that voted for us in the Cornwall Community Cashback Scheme.

 

Thanks also to the Devon & Cornwall Police & The Cornishman for giving the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal a chance to win this money.

 

 

07/06/16    top of page
Check out our latest Branch Newsletter

Our latest newsletter available to download or view here

Read about our launches, farewell to Search and Rescue 771, an update on our appeal, where our lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' is and why and those who fundraise to help us 'Save lives at Sea'

 

 

07/06/16    top of page
It's been a very busy week for the crew

The half term holiday proved not to be a holiday for our volunteer crew. In seven days they launched the Penlee lifeboats seven times.

first picking up a tow of the yacht 'Violet Flame' from St.Ives lifeboat. A few days later launched to the aid of a Kite Surfer near Gear Pole. Then very next day both Penlee Lifeboats launched at just after midnight to conduct a shoreline search between Penzance Harbour and St Michaels Mount for a missing person. Later that morning the ILB launched to the assistance of a capsized speedboat just off Marazion.

Two launches the following day, the first to the aid of a fishing boat, the second to tow a yacht with engine problems and no wind from Lamorna cove area.

Each time the pagers go off there is a rush to get to the station and always more volunteers than needed. Thanks to our very dedicated crew and their very understanding families.

 

 

02/06/16    top of page
'Spirit of Mount's Bay' Festival, St.Mary's Church

Following months of planning and thousands of hours of hard work, the doors of St.Mary's church opened for 5 days for the 'Spirit of Mount's Bay' Festival.

There was loads to do and see all celebrating what's great about Mounts Bay. Children's activity area, refreshments from The Quirky Bird Café, exhibitions, floral displays, a Penlee heritage area and our very own Penlee lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' in stunning flowers.

Entry was free, but the collecting boxes were out and a good deal was raised to be split between the Penlee appeal and the youth support activities the Penlee cluster churches run.

 

 

01/06/16    top of page
Penlee Facebook page hits 15,000 likes!

We've done it folks!

In just under 2 months we have increased our followers by 1,000 taking our total to over 15,000.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your 'thumbs up' and for spreading the word.

Such a great bunch of followers

 

 

30/05/16    top of page
Keep the images coming in

RNLB 'Osier' passing Mousehole - Mike Ellis

RNLB 'Osier' underway - Neville Pittman

We at Penlee are very lucky, there are a lot of eyes (and lenses) following our every move and you do take some stunning images of us in action.

 

If you do manage to catch a shot of us, please send them to us by posting them on our FaceBook page.

They add to our ever growing heritage collection and in years to come the new teams volunteering for the lifeboat will have a very rich image gallery to choose from for displays!

 

Thanks you to all for supporting us

 

 

09/05/16    top of page
A win for the Fire rescue service and charity

A game full of fun with high quality rugby being played. This year the  Fire Service beat the RNLI 55-14 win.

The 2.30pm kick-off saw a great number of players and supporters at the Mennaye field, Penzance. Home of Penwith's Rugby didn't disappoint those who braved the weather, with a match to remember and cheering so load you could almost hear it in England!

During the match collections, entrance donations, Post match raffle and auction raising a staggering amount for charity.  Three great causes will benefit - The Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal, replacing the old station at Newlyn with a modern facility, The Fire Fighters Charity, providing rehabilitation & support services to ill or injured Firefighters, and Team Rubicon UK who provide emergency response teams to disaster zones across the world.

Thanks you to all those who attended, supported, played, donated (Especially auction and raffle prizes) and to the Penzance and Newlyn RFC (Pirates rugby club) for allowing us to use the grounds  and clubhouse once again.

 

 

27/04/16    top of page
The new Penlee Inshore Lifeboat taking shape

We will soon be welcoming to Penlee a new Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat. She is going to be called the 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' and replaces the well loved 'Paul Alexander'. The Paul Alexander has served us at Penlee for 13 years and during her time rescued many people.

The RNLI constructs up to 60% of the lifeboats it needs in its own purpose-built manufacturing facility, the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) in East Cowes.Fifty lifeboats are now constructed at the centre each year, while up to 200 are serviced and refurbished.

The Photos taken by Penlee Station Mechanic, Tony Rendle, show the construction of the RNLB 'Mollie and Ivor Dent'.

Estimated delivery to Penlee after the summer.

 

 

16/04/16    top of page
Porthenys Players panto raises money for Penlee

We were really pleased to welcome Widow Wonkey and the very colourful cast of the Porthenys Players to the station on the Morning of Sat 16th April.

They presented Coxswain Patch Harvey with a cheque for £1,000 which will go to our appeal fund.

Well done to you all and thank you for your support

 

 

10/04/16    top of page
Penlee Lifeboat Visits Officer at Malvern RNLI Branch

Our Penlee Lifeboat Visits Officer, Martin Brockman, travelled to Malvern to give his heritage talk. Malvern has a thriving RNLI fundraising branch who collect thousands of pounds each year to support the RNLI, despite them being 'Land-locked'.

Martin gave his heritage talk to around 70 people and in return they collected £460 towards our appeal.

Whilst there Martin had the honour of presenting long time RNLI supporter, Josie Lowe, with her Bronze Badge. This honour marks Josie's incredible support where she has sold in excess of £20,000 of RNLI merchandise and given thousands of hours to the RNLI helping organise lots of the Malvern fundraising activities.

Martin stated that 'It was more than an honour to present the RNLI bronze Badge to Josie. The dedication that the RNLI volunteers give is extremely important to keeping our vital service running and all of those who volunteer, even just a few hours per year should be proud of what they help achieve."

Well done Josie and all of those at the Malvern RNLI Branch.

We are so proud of our crowd!

 

If you would like Martin to present one of his heritage talks to your community group, then please contact us in the contacts section of this website - please be aware, he's extremely busy and booked up right until the end of 2016.

 

 

09/04/16    top of page
Penlee help launch Rowes 'Lifeboat biscuits'

Penlee fundraisers helped launch the Rowe's Bakery RNLI fundraising biscuits at the Tesco Store, Penzance in 8th April 2016.

10p from each pack sold will go to the RNLI.

Our volunteers also collected £108.77 towards the Penlee fundraising pot.

Thanks to all those who contributed

 

 

 

08/04/16    top of page
Update on the Ivan Ellen refit

Our beloved 'Ivan Ellen' is away from us at the moment on the Isle of White having a 7 year refit. This involves a strip-down of the boat and a rebuild from the bottom up.

Most things will be changed and when she returns to us, she will be like a new boat.

In the meantime the reserve fleet RNLB 'Osier' keeps watch in Newlyn.

 

 

 

07/04/16    top of page
Aspects Holidays visit our station

We were really pleased to welcome the team from Aspects Holidays to the station at the weekend'

 

They are a great company who fundraise & support us and other lifeboat stations throughout the year.

Long may it continue!

 

 

05/04/16    top of page
Penlee Facebook page hits 14,000 likes!

We've done it folks!

 

Thank you for taking the time to give us your 'thumbs up' and for spreading the word.

Such a great bunch of followers

 

 

31/03/16    top of page
'Action Nan' raising funds for the RNLI

'Action Nan', Pat Smith will be enjoying lots of wonderful views as she walks around the stunning Cornish coastline. Please come and share some of those views and join Pat for a few steps along the way!

Here's her route and plan (click for a map):

Wed 06 Apr Arrive Cornish border 9 miles
Thu 07 Apr Walk Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles
Fri 08 Apr Walk Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11.5 miles
Sat 09 Apr Walk Tintagel to Port Isaac 9 miles
Sun 10 Apr Walk Port Isaac to Padstow 11.5 miles
Mon 11 Apr Walk Padstow to Mawgan Porth 18 miles
Tue 12 Apr Walk Mawgan Porth to Perranporth 18 miles
Wed 13 Apr Walk Perranporth to Portreath 12.5 miles
Thu 14 Apr Walk Portreath to St Ives 18 miles
Fri 15 Apr Walk St Ives to Pendeen 14 miles
Sat 16 Apr Walk Pendeen to Porthcurno 15.5 miles
Sun 17 Apr Walk Porthcurno to Penzance 11.5 miles
Mon 18 Apr Walk Penzance to Porthleven 14 miles
Tue 19 Apr Walk Porthleven to The Lizard 14 miles
Wed 20 Apr Walk The Lizard to Porthallow 15.5 miles
Thu 21 Apr Walk Porthallow to Falmouth 17 miles
Fri 22 Apr Walk Falmouth to Portloe 13.5 miles
Sat 23 Apr Walk Portloe to Mevagissey 12 miles
Sun 24 Apr Walk Mevagissey to Par 11 miles
Mon 25 Apr Walk Par to Polperro 14 miles
Tue 26 Apr Walk Polperro to Portwrinkle 13 miles
Wed 27 Apr Depart Portwrinkle 13.2 miles

 

 

28/03/16    top of page
Open day at the old Penlee station another great success
 

Our 4th Open Day at the old lifeboat station in Mousehole was another resounding success with 278 visitors coming through the door and sharing our station history.

Generous donations totalling £371.27 were collected.

We were pleased to welcome our colleagues from Bude RNLI who made a special trip to see the boathouse. Two special visitors were Benjamin & Corey, Great Grandsons of our late, long serving Mechanic, Johnny Drew, who brought along his mechanics cap for us to see. Johnny was the mechanic at Penlee for 32 years.

Our thanks must go to everyone who visited, and to the Penzance Sea Cadets who helped us out so admirably.

  

 

 

15/03/16    top of page
Caleb presented a cheque to Coxswain Patch Harvey
 

We were thrilled to welcome Caleb onboard the 'Osier' lifeboat yesterday, where he presented a cheque to Coxswain Patch Harvey, and his dog, Mabel.

As part of his class topic, 'What can I do to make a positive impact' Caleb challenged himself to swim 20 lengths of Penzance Swimming Pool, asking his friends and family to sponsor him.

He raised an amazing £135.00 and wanted to donate the money to help fund our new lifeboat station.
           

 
Well done & thank you Caleb.

 

You're an inspiration, and an absolute credit to your family, school, and to our lifeboat community.

 

 

14/03/16    top of page
Tributes to RNLI volunteer who died in Outland Road collision
 

Donations are flooding into our appeal in memory of RNLI volunteer, Nathan Dale, who was tragically killed during the early hours of Saturday morning whilst cycling home after attending the Plymouth lifeboat station.

David Lister, Plymouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of one of our volunteers, Nathan Dale and the thoughts of everyone at Plymouth Lifeboat Station are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Nathan was a volunteer deputy launching authority with Plymouth RNLI and had been with the station for two years, providing on-call cover one weekend a month. Not only did Nathan dedicate his time to the operation of the lifeboat, he was also involved with many fundraising events at the station, as well as volunteering with other charities. Last year Nathan announced he was taking on an 88-mile challenge, riding his bicycle from His Plymouth Home to Land's End in Cornwall, to help raise funds for the Penlee lifeboat station. His aim was to raise around £4,000 towards the costs of a new boathouse, estimated to be around £200,000."

If you would like to donate in memory of Nathan, please follow this link

A very fitting tribute to a dedicated RNLI volunteer. From us all at Penlee Lifeboat Station, RIP Nathan

 

 

12/03/16    top of page
The Godolphin Arms, Marazion, hold another coffee morning

 

 

The 'Saturday Gang' held another fundraising Coffee Morning for Penlee at The Godolphin Arms, Marazion on Saturday 12th March.

 

As usual there was a great turn out to support the 'Saturday Club'. This wonderful group of people raised another £450 towards our appeal - an amazing amount of money to raise in just two hours!
 

             

Many thanks for your support!

 

 

08/03/16    top of page
Fundraiser Rob Lawrance visits Penlee

 

We were pleased to welcome Rob Lawrance to the station.

Rob went 'Dry for January' raising a staggering £726.01 for our appeal!

 

Well done Rob and a big thank you from us all.

 

 

20/02/16    top of page
Penzance & Mounts Bay Sailing clubs visit Penlee

 

On Sat 20th February we welcomed Penzance and Mounts Bay Sailing Clubs to the old lifeboat house at Penlee point.

The group were entertained by our Visits Officer, Martin Brockman, and our Press Officer, Elaine Trethowan, who shared lifeboat stories and the history of our station.

A cheque for £632 was presented to Martin - this money was raised at a dinner & dance hosted by both clubs and will go to the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal.

We really appreciate this generous donation.

 

 

13/02/16    top of page
Roland's Happy Plaice raises £1,106.19

 

Well done and a big thank you to Rowland Lowery of Roland's Happy Plaice fish & chips in Porthleven.

Roland handed over a magnificent £1,106.19 which was collected from his customers who willingly and generously donated their loose change to Roland's counter-top RNLI collection bucket.

All the money raised by Roland will go to the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal.

So very proud of our crowd!

 

 

30/01/16    top of page
The Godolphin Arms 'Saturday club' present Penlee with £1,343

Photos: Penlee LPO

 

We were thrilled to welcome the 'Saturday Gang' to Penlee Lifeboat Station. This wonderful bunch of people meet every Saturday morning at The Godolphin Arms in Marazion.

In November 2015 they held a coffee morning & auction and raised an amazing £1,343 for our appeal.

There was a great deal of excitement about the visit. Despite the pouring rain, everyone enjoyed going onboard the Ivan Ellen lifeboat.

The cheque was presented to Coxswain Patch Harvey by Geoffrey Pearce and a short speech was made by Maurice Shurmer.

The 'Saturday Gang' will hold their next fundraising coffee morning at The Godolphin Arms, Marazion from 10am until 1.00pm on Saturday 16th April - raising money for the Fishermans Mission.

So very proud of our crowd!

 

 

28/01/16    top of page
Penlee Lifeboat station statistics for 2015 released

Photo: Penlee/Elaine Trethowan

 

In 2015 Penlee launched 63 times (36 Ivan Ellen and 27 Paul Alexander), we assisted 86 persons and saved 2 lives. Our volunteer crew spent a total of 519 hours at sea in service with 25 of those services in the dark.

The busiest stations in the Southwest were Poole and Plymouth both launching 99 times each. Falmouth launched to 84 services, Newquay to 81 and Penlee to 63 being the three busiest in Cornwall.
 

 
The RNLI Safety message:
What is the main reason why people end up in the water?
• Around half the people who drown never expected to get wet – many get caught out by unexpected slips, trips and falls into the water.
• The water is unpredictable; cold water shock can set in instantly. Have fun but stay safe and always Respect the Water.

 

 

28/01/16    top of page
David Rickard donates £1,500 to Penlee

 

David Rickard, from Honiton, is still doing his weekly paper round every week and he has donated another chunk of his earnings to the Penlee Station Appeal.

This is not the first donation, in 2015 David, who is in his 70's, gave us a cheque for £1,000.

Many thanks to David and it's great to hear you're still doing your paper round!

 

 

25/01/16    top of page
Penlee remembers the 'Lovat Disaster'

 

41 years ago, on the 25th January 1975, during the hours of darkness, the Penlee Lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' launched from Penlee Point and went to the assistance of the motor vessel 'Lovat' who had put out a Mayday call that her crew were abandoning ship.

The 'Lovat' was reported to be 24 miles from Lizard point in horrendous weather conditions. The lifeboat launched down the slip into a full west-north-westerly gale gusting to hurricane force 12. As the 'Solomon Browne' progressed towards the 'Lovat' her passage became extremely uncomfortable with heavy rolling and drastically reduced visibility.

Due to the extreme urgency of the situation, Coxswain Trevelyan Richards drove her hard at full speed - in his words, 'It was the worst seas I have ever experienced'. By the time the Solomon Browne got on scene, helicopters had rescued the only 2 survivors but sadly 11 lives were lost. The unhappy & dangerous task of recovering the bodies fell to the crew of the lifeboat who were still battling hurricane force conditions.

For his gallantry, courage and skill, Coxswain Trevelyan William Richards was awarded the RNLI's bronze medal. His crew, Frank Wallis (2nd Coxswain), Nigel Brockman, Stephen Madron, Phil Wallis, Barrie Torrie, Alan Tregenza and Kevin Smith were each presented with medal service certificates.

 

 

16/01/16    top of page
Penzance Sailing club members pay a visit

 

On Sat 16th Jan we welcomed Penzance Sailing Club to the station.

A tour was given of the lifeboat and facilities lead by Cox, Patch Harvey, and Lifeboat Visits Officer, Martin Brockman. The members of the sailing club are great supporters of Penlee and are always there to assist with sea safety at our fundraising events.

Lets hope they don't have to see the lifeboat up close again!

 

 

10/01/16    top of page
Penlee to get new Inshore lifeboat

 

The Inshore lifeboat 'Paul Alexander', pictured here at Porthleven, arrived at Penlee Lifeboat Station in 2003 - it seems like only yesterday, and completely transformed the station's capabilities.

We will be welcoming a new Inshore lifeboat to Penlee late this summer. It will be a bigger and faster Atlantic 85 - to be named the 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' after a legacy from the late Mollie Dent, a lifetime supporter of the RNLI from Newbury.

It will be a great asset to the station, though no-one at Penlee will forget Paul Alexander or the exceptional kindness of his family.

 

 

02/01/16    top of page
Remains of the wreck of the 'Jeune Hortense' visible

 

Recent storms in Mount's Bay have once again exposed the likely remains of the French schooner 'Jeune Hortense' which ran aground at Long Rock almost 130 years ago.

She was swept ashore in a strong gale on May 17, 1888. The Penzance lifeboat 'Dora' , one of the early lifeboats which covered Mount's Bay, went to her assistance with the crew rowing out through the heavy waves and swell more than once to rescue the schooner's crew.

The 'Dora' ON49 (1884-1895) was a self righting pulling (rowing) lifeboat which cost £363 to build. She was 34ft long and 8ft in beam with a crew of 13 and 10 oars. During her service she rescued from 10 vessels saving a total of 57 lives.

The Dora was sold out of RNLI service in 1895 but survived until the grand old age of 96 years when she was finally broken up in Ireland in 1980.

Read more here