Lynmouth Lifeboat Station

Lynmouth Lifeboat Station
Lynmouth Lifeboat Station is located in Devon
Lynmouth Lifeboat Station
Lynmouth
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationDevon
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°13′51″N 3°49′52″W / 51°13′51″N 3°49′52″W / 51.2309; -3.8312
Opened1867

Lynmouth Lifeboat Station was the base for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) search and rescue operations at Lynmouth, Devon in England from 1869 until 1944. Its best known action was in 1899 when the lifeboat was taken 15 miles (24 km) across Exmoor before being launched to assist a ship in trouble.

History

The Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall which is the same shape and in the same location as the former lifeboat station

Lynmouth is on the north coast of Devon facing the Bristol Channel. In the nineteenth century this was a busy waterway carrying ships to ports such as Cardiff and Bristol. A lifeboat station was established in the town on 20 January 1869, five months after the nearby wreck of the sailing vessel Home. The lifeboat was kept in a shed on the beach until a purpose-built boat house was built at the harbour. This was rebuilt in 1898 and enlarged in 1906–07.[1]

The RNLI introduced motor lifeboats to the area in the 1930s. Ilfracombe, the station to the west, received theirs in 1936 and Minehead, to the east, in 1939.[2] These boats were able to serve the whole of the Exmoor coast and so Lynmouth Lifeboat Station was closed at the end of 1944. The boat house was then used as a club but was washed away in the Lynmouth flood of 15 August 1952. It has since been rebuilt and includes a public shelter.[1]

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