LIFEBOAT STATIONS AROUND THE COAST OF CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY
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Falmouth Lifeboat Station is at the end of Tinners Walk(© Photograph by Geof Sheppard
|The first RNLI lifeboat station at Falmouth was built in 1867.|
An Arun class lifeboat, (52 - 11) Elizabeth Ann was placed at the station in June 1979 and the inshore lifeboat station started in 1980. The first shout for the Elizabeth Ann was on 14th August 1979, when she was called upon to assist in what later become known as the Fastnet Race Disaster.
The A class McLachlan lifeboat was kept moored afloat in the harbour. In 1982 a new crew room and store house were built at Customs House Quay.
In 1987 a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat replaced the A class McLachlan.
In 1994 a new Atlantic 21 lifeboat, the Falmouth Round Table was housed in a new boathouse. The following year a new pontoon berth and refuelling facility was built for the all weather lifeboat next to the Tinners Walk lifeboat slipway.
In 1997 the Severn class lifeboat The Will was placed on temporary service in place of the Arun class Elizabeth Ann. The Elizabeth Ann was subsequently sold to the Australian Royal Coastal Patrol in New South Wales where she became the Sydney Harbour Lifeboat before later being transferred to become the Ulladulla Lifeboat.
The current Severn class all weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott was placed on service on 18th May 2001. This was funded from the generous bequests of Mrs Ruth Marygold Dix Scott together with other gifts.
On 28th June 2007 the Atlantic 21 Falmouth Round Table was replaced with the current inshore lifeboat Eve Pank.
This is a B class Atlantic 75 (B-756) mainly funded by a legacy from Mrs Eve Pank together with contributions from local firms and people. The Eve Pank had previously been part of the RNLI relief fleet, having been stationed at Sherringham, Bundoran, Skerries, Brighton, Poole, St Bees, Ramsgate and St Helier.
(Left) Eve Pank lifeboat (Right) The Richard Cox Scott (17-29) Severn class AllWeather Lifeboat
Falmouth Lifeboat Richard Cox Scott on her mooring in Falmouth Harbour
How to find the Falmouth Lifeboat Station
The lifeboat station is situated in Tinners Walk close to Falmouth Docks. The building is shared with HM Coastguard and provides separate undercover storage for the coastguard equipment and the RNLI inshore lifeboat. The building also houses the RNLI fund-raising shop. A slipway in front of the building is used for launching the ILB, while the all weather boat is moored at a pontoon alongside.(see picture above)
Station Opening Times: By appointment only (Contact: Stephen Hutchingson - Tel: 01288 352884)
Crew training: Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings
Shop Opening Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm weekdays.
Shop Tel: 01288 359734
Falmouth Lifeboat Station website.
Falmouth Lifeboat Videos
Falmouth ILB Eve Pank 17 July 2011 (1 min 01 sec)
Falmouth Severn AWB Richard Cox Scott 12 July 2012 (0 min 54 sec)
Safety cover for detonation of WWII German Parachute Mine at the mouth of the Helford river - 29th September 2012 (AWB & ILB in attendance) [1m 44s]
27 March 2013 (1 min 20 sec)
Falmouth lifeboat volunteers carry out the medical evacuation of a seaman with suspected appendicitis from a Maltese chemical tanker.
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