Dart Lifeboat Station

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Dart Lifeboat Station
Dart Lifeboat Station.jpg
Dart Lifeboat Station is located in Devon
Dart Lifeboat Station
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationCoronation Park, North Embankment, TQ6 9NL
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates50°21′17″N 3°34′41″W / 50.354724°N 3.577995°W / 50.354724; -3.577995Coordinates: 50°21′17″N 3°34′41″W / 50.354724°N 3.577995°W / 50.354724; -3.577995
Opened1867-1896 first station
2007 new station
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

Dart Lifeboat Station is the base for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) search and rescue operations at Dartmouth, Devon in England. The present station was opened in 2007 although an earlier lifeboat was stationed in the town from 1878 to 1896. It operates a D class (IB1) inshore lifeboat (ILB).


Dartmouth is a small port on the west side of the natural harbour formed by the River Dart. In the 1860s the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway established more quays on the opposite bank at Kingswear.[1] The RNLI approved that Dartmouth Lifeboat Station be established at Dartmouth in July 1876 but it was 1878 before a lifeboat arrived. During the summer the lifeboat was kept in a boat house at Sand Quay, but during the winter it was kept afloat in Warfleet Creek where it was quicker to respond to any ships in distress. It would prove difficult for the rowing lifeboat to leave the estuary of the Dart if the wind was blowing from the sea unless a tug was able to help. The station was closed in 1896 and during all that time just one effective service was provided. That was on 20 September 1887 when the crew attended a trawler near Kingswear Castle. The boat house is now used by the Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club.[2]

In 2007 a new lifeboat was sent to Dartmouth, although the new station was to be named the Dart Lifeboat Station after the river, rather than the town. A temporary building with five years planning agreement was erected in Coronation Park.[2] The lifeboat is kept on a carriage and is towed to the river for launching by a tractor.[3]

Area of operation[edit]

The Dart ILB has a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h) and can operate for three hours.[4] It covers the River Dart and the nearby south Devon coast. Adjacent lifeboats – both ILBs and All Weather Boats – are at Torbay Lifeboat Station to the East, and Salcombe Lifeboat Station to the West.[3]


'ON' is the RNLI's sequential Official Number; 'Op. No.' is the operational number painted onto the boat.

Dartmouth (1878–1896)[edit]

ON Name Built At Dartmouth Class Comments
? Maud Hargreaves 1878? 1878–1887 Self-righter [5]
? Henry and Amanda Shaw 1897 1887–1896 Self-righter [5]

Dart (from 2007)[edit]

Op. No. Name At Dartmouth Class Type Comments
D-520 Bob Savage 2007–2008? D EA16 [5]
D-523 Peterborough Beer Festival 1 2008–2008 D EA16 [6]
D-702 Spirit of the Dart 2008–2019 D IB1 [7]
B-794 Joan Bate 2018- B Atlantic 75-class On two-year trial at Dart[8]
D-838 Dudley Jane 2019– D IB1 [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Potts 1998.
  2. ^ a b Leach 2009, pp. 19-20.
  3. ^ a b Denton 2009, p. 68.
  4. ^ Wake-Walker 2008, p. 114.
  5. ^ a b c Leach 2009, p. 20.
  6. ^ Denton 2009, p. 45.
  7. ^ Denton 2009, p. 48.
  8. ^ "Our lifeboats". RNLI Dart Lifeboat. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Our lifeboats". RNLI Dart Lifeboat. Retrieved 29 January 2020.


  • Denton, Tony (2009). Handbook 2009. Shrewsbury: Lifeboat Enthusiasts Society.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Leach, Nicholas (2009). Devon's Lifeboat Heritage. Chacewater: Twelveheads Press. ISBN 978-0-906294-72-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Potts, C R (1998). The Newton Abbot to Kingswear Railway (1844 - 1988). Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-387-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Wake-Walker, Edward (2008). The Lifeboats Story. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7509-4858-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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