On the 28th of August 1867 a crowd of up to 30,000 men, women and children lined the Falmouth docks to watch the launch of this historic port’s very first lifeboat, The City of Gloucester. A community deeply connected with the sea, the need for such a vessel had never been more severe with numerous ships wrecked and many lives lost off the notoriously treacherous Cornish coastline in the early 19th Century. The arrival of the lifeboat, which was made of mahogany and was 33 feet long with 10 oars and the ability to self-right, was met with great jubilation.
18 Coxswains, 13 all-weather lifeboats and thousands of shouts later, today Falmouth Lifeboat’s all-volunteer crew are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When their pagers go off they leave their homes and workplaces and hurry down to the station ready to go to sea on one of the station’s two lifeboats: Richard Cox Scott, a Severn Class All-Weather Lifeboat or Eve Pank, a B Class Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat.
To celebrate the 150th year of operations at Falmouth Lifeboat Station, we’re inviting you to come and join us in a day of fun for the whole family.
Use the hashtag #Falmouth150 to share the event on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks to Cottages.com for their kind support of our big day.
Events will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017, between 10am and 4pm, at Falmouth Lifeboat Station.
Lifeguard Display – 11-11.30am, 2.30-3pm
RNLI lifeguards will be here displaying their kit and giving a demonstration with commentary.
Model Lifeboats – 11.30am-12pm, 1.30pm
Some brilliant replica model lifeboats will be on display in our ILB shed and, conditions permitting, giving demonstrations in the harbour.
D Class Inshore Lifeboat Capsize Demonstration – 12-12.30pm, 3.30pm
Fowey Lifeboat crew will be performing a capsize demonstration in a D Class lifeboat.
Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team – 12.30-1pm
In addition to a static display, the Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue team, who are based next to us here at the station, will be performing demonstrations off our slipway.
Inshore Lifeboat Demonstrations – 1-1.30pm, 3pm
Our crew members will be putting on demonstrations with our ILB in the harbour.
Lizard Lifeboat – 2-4pm
Our neighbours Lizard Lifeboat Station are bringing their ALB, which will be arriving at around 2pm.
Helicopter Flyover and Demonstration – 3pm
Newquay based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 924, will be performing a flyover and demonstration.
Historic Lifeboats – throughout the day
We are delighted to welcome between 6 and 11 historic lifeboats.
HMS Puncher – throughout the day
The Royal Navy’s HMS Puncher, which is used for navigational training, will be joining us.
All of the boats will be open for the public to get on and explore!
Sea Safety Team – throughout the day
Members of our local RNLI Sea Safety team will be here to meet and greet.
Casualty Care Demonstration – throughout the day
Throughout the day we’ll be performing casualty care demonstrations.
Hard-Hat Diving – throughout the day
Traditional hard-hat diving equipment will be on display with the possibility of demonstrations.
Navigation Simulator – throughout the day
We’ll have our search and rescue navigation system on show running simulations.
To follow a great day on Saturday, there will be a parade of sail on Sunday as our visiting boats make their way out of the harbour and on their way home.
How to Find Us
The Pendennis Marina gates, which are normally passcode controlled, will be open to help those coming on foot get to the station via Events Square.
RNLI Falmouth Lifeboat Station, Tinners Walk, Port Pendennis, TR11 3XZ
Nearest Train Station
Falmouth Docks Station is approximately 5 minutes walk from the lifeboat station.
- Next to Falmouth Town train station (postcode TR11 4AZ).
- Next to events square (postcode TR11 3XA).
- For those taking the ferry (see below), the Quarry Road Car Park (postcode TR11 2BX) is a short walk from the pier.
On the Map
Here is our station on the map:
A special FREE ferry is being laid on, sponsored by Cottages.com, from Prince of Wales pier taking passengers to the lifeboat station and back again. Here is where you can catch the ferry: