Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station
|Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station|
|Type||RNLI Lifeboat Station|
|Location||Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales|
|Opened||1861 (independent from 1843)|
|Owner||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station is an RNLI lifeboat station in the coastal resort of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, West Wales. It was established in 1861, but there has been a lifeboat serving the town since 1843.
The first lifeboat at Aberystwyth was a 27 ft, 6-oared boat funded by public subscription in 1843 and under the control of the harbour master. In 1861 the RNLI took over the service, completing a chain of RNLI stations along the coast of Cardigan Bay from Strumble Head to the Llŷn Peninsula.
A severe gale on 29 December 1900 saw Coxswain David Williams launch the lifeboat to a fishing smack; in heavy seas three lifeboatmen (Jack Williams, Tom Jones and J.C. Rea) were thrown overboard but were rescued by their fellow crewmen. Despite the loss of most of their oars, they managed to beach the lifeboat and hold it until the tide ebbed. In the meantime the fishermen, whose boat was wrecked on the rocks, made it safely to shore.
In 1964 Aberystwyth was the first RNLI lifeboat station to change from offshore to solely inshore lifeboats.
All Weather lifeboats (ALBs)
|Dates in service||Class||ON||Name||Comments|
|1843–1862||27 ft Pulling (6 oars)||unnamed||Independent lifeboat under Harbourmaster's control|
|1861–1876||Pulling (10 oars)||Evelyn Wood||First RNLI lifeboat|
|1876–1881||33 ft Pulling & Sailing||Lady Haberfield|
|1881–1887||Pulling & Sailing||Lady Haberfield II|
|1887–1906||Pulling & Sailing||Elizabeth Lloyd|
|1906–1932||Pulling & Sailing (10 oars)||ON 562||John and Naomi Beattie|
|1932–1949||35ft 6in Self-righting motor-class||ON 757||Frederick Angus|
|1949–1951||35ft 6in Self-righting motor-class||ON 745||Lady Harrison|
|1951–1964||Liverpool-class Twin||ON 892||Aguila Wren|
Inshore lifeboats (ILBs)
|Dates in service||Class||Op. No.||Name||Comments|
|1963||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-1||unnamed|
|1964||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-19||unnamed|
|1965–1967||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-30||unnamed|
|1967–1969||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-140||unnamed|
|1969–1970||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-28||unnamed|
|1970–1983||D-class (RFD PB16)||D-186||unnamed|
|1983–1993||C-class||C-509||unnamed||Originally D-509 until reclassified as a C-class|
|1993–1994||Atlantic 21-class||B-590||Wolverson X-Ray|
|1994–2007||Atlantic 75-class||B-704||Enid Mary|
|2007–present||Atlantic 85-class||B-822||Spirit of Friendship|
|Dates in Service||Class||Op. No.||Comments|
|2012-present||Talus MB4H||TW46H||The first MkII Bendy|
A number of awards have been made to recognise exemplary service to the RNLI.
- 1866 Silver medal to Watkin Lewis for his part in the rescue of the crew of schooner Rebecca
- 1954 Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum to Coxswain Baden P Davies for the rescue of crew from fishing vessel Lindy Lou
- 1970 Thanks of the institute inscribed on Vellum to A Blair, M Nichol and K Stone for the rescue of a bather
- 1976 Bronze medal to Alan Blair for the rescue of trapped crew of capsized motor cruiser Annabel II
- 1978 Framed letter of appreciation to Robert Gorman for the rescue of the crews of two boats
- 1985 Letter of appreciation to Helmsman Alan Blair for the rescue of a young bather
- 1991 Bronze medals to C-class Helmsman Peter Heading and crew member Robert Gorman, skipper of fishing vessel Seren-y-mor for the rescue of yacht Otter's solo crew member. Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum to crew member Michael Harris for his part in the same service. Framed letters of appreciation to David Davies and Martin Porter, lifeboat crew, and Alan Blair, Brian Slack, Bryan Pugh-Jones and Sandro James, members of the Seren-Y-Mor crew. The Ralph Glister Award was awarded to the crew for this service.
This station is classed as an RNLI "Observe" lifeboat station; it welcomes visitors via appointment.
Groups (schools, clubs, organisations) who wish to visit the station can request a tour and presentation via the stations website.
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