Fishguard Lifeboat Station

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Fishguard Lifeboat Station
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Fishguard Lifeboat Station
Fishguard Lifeboat Station is located in Wales
Fishguard Lifeboat Station
Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationGoodwick, Pembrokeshire, Wales
CountryWales, UK
Coordinates52°0′47.78″N 4°59′5.05″W / 52.0132722°N 4.9847361°W / 52.0132722; -4.9847361Coordinates: 52°0′47.78″N 4°59′5.05″W / 52.0132722°N 4.9847361°W / 52.0132722; -4.9847361
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
Trent class lifeboat Blue Peter VII on station at Fishguard
Map of Fishguard Bay, Pembrokeshire, with the location of the Lifeboat Station.

Fishguard Lifeboat Station (based in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, Wales) is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station.

Located on the quay between Fishguard railway station and the northern breakwater, the station is staffed by two crews and has around 30 members. Operating two lifeboats, a Trent-class lifeboat Blue Peter VII and an inshore D-class (IB1) lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson, it is one of seven stations with a lifeboat funded by the BBC children's television series Blue Peter.


The station has operated since 1822 and crews have been presented with 29 awards for gallantry[1] including, in 1847, two Silver Medals to the first women to receive a lifeboat award. The RNLI took over the station in 1855.[2]

In May 1874 the RNLI awarded the Fishguard lifeboat No.1 crew £27 for their lifesaving services over the previous month; they included saving a total of 17 crew from the schooners J.T.S., Squirrel and Gem and the smack Lerry.[3] On 16 November 1882 the lifeboat attended 15 different vessels and saved 46 lives.[2]

A slipway was built by the Great Western Railway in 1911 for a new boathouse; both were replaced in 1930.[2] The lifeboat Charterhouse (ON563) was on station between 1909 and 1931, during which time her crews saved 47 lives. Her centenary was celebrated in 2009, still afloat and renamed Marian.[4]

In February 1946 White Star was at sea for more than 24 hours in severe weather standing by the broken-down submarine HMS Universal and helping to rescue her crew.[5]


All Weather Boats[edit]

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name
1822–1909 various (oared)
1909–1931 40ft Self-Righter ON 563 Charterhouse
1931–1956 45ft 6in Watson-class ON 710 White Star
1956–1981 46ft 9in Watson-class ON 932 Howard Marryat
1981–1994 Arun-class ON 1076 52-19 Marie Winstone
1994–present Trent-class ON 1198 14-03 Blue Peter VII

Inshore Lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
1995–2006 D-class (EA16) D-505 Arthur Bygraves
2006–2015 D-class (IB1) D-652 Team Effort
2016–present D-class (IB1) D-789 Edward Arthur Richardson[6]


A number of awards have been made for outstanding achievements during lifeboat services[2] -

  • 1847 Silver Medals awarded to Martha and Margaret Llewellyn
6 other Silver Medals were awarded between 1834 and 1855
  • 1873 to 1877 3 Silver Medals to Coxswain James White for his part in saving 80 lives
  • 1874 Thanks of the Institution inscribed on vellum to Captain W. Harries, W Jenkins and J.G. Annal[3]
  • 1921 Gold Medal to John Howells, Silver Medals to T.O. Davies, R.E. Simpson and T. Holmes for rescuing 7 from schooner Hermina; 9 other crew members received Bronze Medals for the same service

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fishguard Lifeboat Station". Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "History Points – Fishguard Lifeboat Station". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "RNLI Meeting". Huddersfield Chronicle. British Newspaper Archive. 8 May 1874. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ Centenary return for Charterhouse?. Pembrokeshire Life. April 2009.
  5. ^ "Lifeboats get gallant crew off submarine". Lancashire Daily Post. British Newspaper Archive. 5 February 1946. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Fishguard's new inshore lifeboat officially named in memory of Edward Arthur Richardson after legacy left by Elizabeth Hughena Richardson". Western Telegraph. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.

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