Sheerness Lifeboat Station

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Sheerness Lifeboat Station
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Sheerness Lifeboat Station is located in Kent
Sheerness Lifeboat Station
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationSheerness Lifeboat Station, Sheerness Docks, Garrison Point, Sheerness, ME12 1RS
Coordinates51°26′46″N 0°44′37″E / 51.44611°N 0.74361°E / 51.44611; 0.74361Coordinates: 51°26′46″N 0°44′37″E / 51.44611°N 0.74361°E / 51.44611; 0.74361
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

Sheerness Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the town of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in the English county of Kent.[1] The station is on the north coast of the county, strategically placed at the mouth of the River Medway and close the busy Thames estuary.[2] It is a relatively new station only being established in 1969 when a lifeboat was stationed in the Harbour.[2]


In 1969 the Institution decided to send a lifeboat to Sheerness for evaluation. That lifeboat was the Ernest William and Elizabeth Ellen Hinde (ON 1017). Following a successful appraisal the RNLI decided to establish a permanent station in 1971.


All weather lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name Comments
1969 Keith Nelson-class ON 1017 40-001 Ernest William and Elizabeth Ellen Hinde Boat on station for evaluation prior to establishment of station
1971–1974 46 ft Watson-class ON 847 Gertrude
1974–1996 Waveney-class ON 1027 44-009 Helen Turnbull
1996–present Trent-class ON 1211 14-13 George and Ivy Swanson
Shannon-class ON 1345 13-38 Mrs. Judith Copping Joyce Due for Delivery Spring 2020

Inshore lifeboats[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
1972–1977 D-class (RFD PB16) D-145 unnamed
1977–1988 D-class (Zodiac III) D-253 unnamed
1988–1996 D-class (EA16) D-362 Kensington Rescuer
1996–2006 D-class (EA16) D-513 Seahorse I
2006–2016 D-class (IB1) D-662 Eleanor
2016 – present D-class (IB1) D-799 Buster


  1. ^ OS map 149: Sittingbourne & Faversham Isle of Sheppey. Scale: 1:25 000. Publisher:Ordnance Survey. ISBN 9780319238684
  2. ^ a b Heroes All! – The story of the RNLI. Author: Beilby, Alec. Publisher: 1992, Patrick Stephens Ltd – Part of the Haynes Publishing Group.Work: Chapter 18 – The Lifeboat Stations – Part 2 The Kent Stations, Pages 161/162. ISBN 1 85260 419 0