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Lifeboats and Service Records

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The following table lists the names of the main lifeboats on station since 1866 together with the service counts. If you require more detail than this summary then please go to the 'History Books' page where known publications are listed for reference. If you know of others please email as shown. Click on the lifeboat 'name' or 'thumbnail' to see a larger photograph of the associated lifeboat.
 
For the period 1875 to 1923 Torquay also had a Lifeboat Station located at the 'Ladies Bathing Cove' (Now known as Beacon Cove) which is close to the Imperial Hotel.  And for nine years from 1887 Dartmouth also had a lifeboat. The Dart Lifeboat Station was established again in 2007 after a gap of 120 years.
 
The Coxswain(s) for each Lifeboat are listed under Coxswains Past and Present.

BRIXHAM LIFEBOAT Period Launches Lives Saved
City of Exeter

1866 -1885 5 1
Brian Bates

1885 - 1893 3 4
Betsey Newbon

1894 - 1896 2 0
Betsey Newbon II

1896 - 1922 56 46
TORBAY LIFEBOAT - Based at Brixham
Alfred & Clara Heath

1922 - 1930 39 37
George Shee

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1930 - 1958 245 191
Princess Alexandra of Kent

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1958 - 1975 236 ALB ILB
196 94
Edward Bridges (see note)

1975 - 1995 560 People Rescued
531 161
Marie Winston

1996 - 2001 362 476 229
Alec & Christina Dykes

2001 - 2016 cont 740 744+ 491+

Please note Relief ALB Services are included within each Station Lifeboat service period

ALB Lifeboat Services Total 1866 - 2016 cont 2248 2582+  
Relief ALB included in total 334
Inshore Lifeboat Services 1964 - 2016 cont 1729   975+
  Station Totals 4311 3133+
Information supplied to the end of December 2016 + awaits HQ Stats from 2012

 

TORQUAY LIFEBOAT  (1876 - 1928) - Station Closed Period Launches Lives Saved
Mary Brundret

1876 - 1889 11 19
James & Eliza Woodall

1889 - 1902 3 0
Wighton ON 487 1902 - 1923 11 0
Torquay Harbour Life-Saving Boat 1917 - 1928 1 0

 

DARTMOUTH LIFEBOAT  (1878 - 1896) - Station Closed Period Launches Lives Saved
Maud Hargreaves 1878 - 1887 0 0
Henry & Amanda Shaw 1887 - 1896 3 0
DART LIFEBOAT - Station Opened 25 October 2007
Spirit of the Dart (named in 2008) 2007 onwards For details follow this link

 

Notes: The 'Alfred and Clara Heath' was the first engine powered boat at Torbay.  
   
  'George Shee' was the first Brixham lifeboat to lie afloat on the swinging mooring near the Breakwater Hard 'D Day' slipways.
   
  The 'Edward Bridges' was the last Arun to be constructed from wood. She can now be seen within the Royal National Lifeboat Collection at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham Maritime Museum, CHATHAM, Kent  (www.chdt.org.uk). Most of her original equipment has been reinstalled. Whilst viewing this page a recording made at her naming ceremony will run automatically.
   
  'Alec and Christina Dykes' was provided with a permanent pontoon mooring in 2007

 

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