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Anstruther Lifeboat Station

Anstruther Lifeboat Station

Operating for over 160 years, Anstruther Lifeboat Station now has both an all-weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat launching off the east coast of Fife. The crews have been awarded five Medals for gallantry.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
14/08/2014 17:54
07/08/2014 22:12
28/07/2014 19:06
25/07/2014 15:10
12/07/2014 07:39
26/06/2014 22:38
22/06/2014 23:26
01/06/2014 15:49
06/04/2014 13:21
27/02/2014 13:18

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Station address

Anstruther Lifeboat Station
Middle Pier
Anstruther
Fife
KY10 3AB

Station telephone

01333 310526

Station opening times

By appointment only

Visitor contact

Roger Grundy

Visitor contact telephone

01333 310526

Shop telephone

01333 312503

Shop opening times

April–October
Monday–Sunday
11am–5pm

October–December
Saturday–Sunday
11am–5pm

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Volunteer Press Officer Tom Danks

    Volunteer Press Officer Tom Danks

  • John Clark is presented with a portrait photograph taken by Nigel Mallard to mark his retiral.

    John Clark receiving retiral gift

  • Potrait of Anstruther Lifeboat Trainee crew man Stuart Hoggan

    Trainee crewman Stuart Hoggan

  • Stuart and Euan Hoggan looking over Anstruther's Inshore Lifeboat

    Stuar and Euan Hoggan looking over Anstruther's Inshore Lifeboat.

  • Tom Danks Anstruther Lifeboat crewman and LPO.

    Anstruther Lifeboat crewman and Lifeboats Press Officer Tom Danks

  • Anstruther coxswain Alex Purves oversees the safe return of the broken down fishing vessel to its berth within Port Seton Harbour.

    Anstruther coxswain Alex Purves oversees recovery of the fishing vessel.

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • The wrecked motorboat Princess

    The wrecked motorboat Princess

  • Paul and Sean Harrison

    Paul and Sean Harrison

  • Rebecca, Barry and Euan

    Rebecca, Barry and Euan from the Anstruther crew

  • Barry Gourlay from Anstruther lifeboat station with his RNLI Bronze medal for Gallantry.

    Barry Gourlay from Anstruther lifeboat

  • Port Isaac lifeboat crew (L-R) Matt Main, Nichola-Jane Bradbury, Damien Bolton with their medals

    Port Isaac lifeboat crew with their medals

  • The RNLI Flood Rescue Team (L-R Chris Missen, Paul Eastment, Martin Blaker-Rowe) with their Gallantry Medals.

    The RNLI Flood Rescue Team with their Medals

  • Group shot of RNLI gallantry medallists at a photocall at Tower lifeboat station in London.

    RNLI gallantry medallists at Tower lifeboat station

  • Anstruther RNLI lifeboat assists in medical evacuation of injured fisherman

    Anstruther RNLI lifeboat assists in medical evacuation of injured fisherman

  • RNLI Anstruther – New Lifeboat Coxswain

    RNLI Anstruther – New Lifeboat Coxswain

  • Co-operative responds to RNLI SOS

    Co-operative responds to RNLI SOS

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • Anstruther lifeboat crew receives cheque for £1000

    Anstruther lifeboat crew receives cheque for £1000

  • East Neuk Round Tablers swell Anstruther Lifeboat Gala fundraising pot

    East Neuk Round Tablers swell Anstruther Lifeboat Gala fundraising pot

  • Anstruther off-duty crewman saves canoeist from drowning

    Anstruther off-duty crewman saves canoeist from drowning

  • Scottish solicitors give advice on Twitter about leaving gifts in wills

    Scottish solicitors give advice on Twitter about leaving gifts in wills

  • A stitch in time brings in funds for Anstruther

    A stitch in time brings in funds for Anstruther

  • Local Hero award for LOM at Anstruther

    Local Hero award for LOM at Anstruther

  • RNLI Anstruther Coxswain bids farewell to retiring Deputy Launching Authority

    RNLI Anstruther Coxswain bids farewell to retiring Deputy Launching Authority

  • RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.

    RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.-3

  • RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.

    RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.-2

  • RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.

    RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.

  • RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.

    RNLI volunteers step back in time to come to the aid of Vikings in Largo Bay.-1

  • Scottish Supermoto endurance racing for RNLI

    Scottish Supermoto endurance racing for RNLI

  • RNLI funds benefit to the tune of £200

    RNLI funds benefit to the tune of £200

  • James and Mary Walker returns to Anstruther

    James and Mary Walker returns to Anstruther

  • Cupar Round Table Fundraising supports RNLI training at Anstruther

    Cupar Round Table Fundraising supports RNLI training at Anstruther

  • Anstruther inshore lifeboat assists sailor in difficulty

    Anstruther inshore lifeboat assists sailor in difficulty

  • RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat

    RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat-3

  • RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat

    RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat-2

  • RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat

    RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat

  • RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat

    RNLI Anstruther volunteers assist in pontoon drama for small fishing boat-1

  • RNLI Volunteers benefit from canoeists nude calendar shoot

    RNLI Volunteers benefit from canoeists nude calendar shoot

  • Let your legacy be a lifesaver – RNLI launches free Wills scheme in Fife

    Let your legacy be a lifesaver – RNLI launches free Wills scheme in Fife

  • RNLI Shop team gear up to save lives at sea

    RNLI Shop team gear up to save lives at sea

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • Crew members from Scotland help with BBC Countryfile filming

    Crew members from Scotland help with BBC Countryfile filming

  • Tractor enthusiasts plough cash into RNLI funds.

    Tractor enthusiasts plough cash into RNLI funds.

  • Busy period for visiting RNLI Lifeboat coxswain at Anstruther.

    Busy period for visiting RNLI Lifeboat coxswain at Anstruther.

  • Bravery of Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI gallantry award

    Anstruther medal winners (L-R) Rebecca Jewell, Barry Gourlay and Euan Hoggan

  • Tobermory's new Coxswain is youngest in the RNLI

    Andrew McHaffie, Tobermory Coxswain

  • Jock Anderson with his son, Alexander

  • Anstruther Lifeboat Gift Shop has been awarded the RNLI Supporter of the Year Scottish Region.

    Anstruther Lifeboat Gift Shop has been awarded the RNLI Supporter of the Year Scottish Region.

  • Bravery of Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI gallantry award

    The wrecked Princess boat at low tide after the rescue.

  • Bravery of Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI gallantry award

    Volunteer Anstruther crew member Barry Gourlay who has been awarded the RNLI's bronze medal for gall

  • Bravery of Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI gallantry award

    Anstruther crew Rebecca Jewell, Barry Gourlay and Euan Hoggan, who saved two men's lives

  • Bravery of Anstruther lifeboat crew celebrated with RNLI gallantry award

    Anstruther crew Rebecca Jewell, Barry Gourlay and Euan Hoggan, who saved two men's lives.

  • Anstruther Lifeboat Volunteers excercise with local First Responders

    Volunteer Lifeboat and First Responders evacuate a casualty

  • Anstruther Lifeboat launches in storm conditions

    Anstruther LPO

  • on the crest of a wave

  • theres a lifeboat in here

  • alb below wave

  • alb in heavy seas

  • ALB leaves harbour

  • Anstruther lifeboat battles huge swells and 70mph winds

  • Anstruther lifeboat battles huge swells and 70mph winds

  • Anstruther lifeboat battles huge swells and 70mph winds

  • Anstruther lifeboat battles huge swells and 70mph winds

  • Anstruther RNLI lifeboat crew help operation to rescue stranded pilot whales

    Anstruther lifeboat escorts the rescued whales out to sea

  • Anstruther RNLI lifeboat crew help operation to rescue stranded pilot whales

    Anstruther volunteer crew assist with the whale rescue effort

  • Anstruther RNLI lifeboat crew help operation to rescue stranded pilot whales

    Anstruther volunteer crew assist with the whale rescue effort

  • Anstruther RNLI lifeboat crew help operation to rescue stranded pilot whales

    Anstruther volunteer crew tend to a stranded whale

  • Three shouts and a wedding for busy Anstruther

    Anstruther crew wedding

  • Anstruther Shop

    Anstruther Shop

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name:
Kingdom of Fife

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: The local appeal in Fife, the Cotton Trust, the Doctors Appeal, bequest of Dr Nora Allan, together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat

 


Lifeboat name:
The Rotary Centenary Queen

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

This station was established in 1865 at the request of the local fishermen, who subscribed among themselves £60 towards the cost of the station.  The Institution sent a 32’ pulling lifeboat with 10 oars, built out of a gift of £600 from a lady in Cheltenham.

In the early days there was an arrangement approved by the local committee whereby there were seven coxswains each with his own crew and all took their turn for services and exercises.

1832
Silver Medal awarded to coastguard K McCulloch for saving by boat the master and two seaman of the Sloop Vine when it struck the bar at Elie Harbour and was wrecked on 6 March.

1834
Gold Medal Bar awarded to coastguard Lt Henry E Randall and Silver Lifeboat to coastguard Kenneth McCulloch for rescuing the Master and six crew of the schooner Wanderer that was wrecked at Elie in a violent storm on 2 February 1833 (Lt Randall first won a gold in 1825 at Aberdeen for service to Devonan).

Silver Medals awarded to A Murray and J Mason, both coastguards, for saving by boat the master and four men of the Schooner John in difficulties in bad weather on 3 December 1833.

1865
Lifeboat house built on land given by Harbour Board.

1891
Water service provided.

1892
District Inspector reported that in consequence of the peculiar organisation of this station which had six coxswains and full crew for the boat, it was not practicable to appoint a paid bowman.

1894
Mortar was substituted for the rocket signal, the latter being considered dangerous to vessels lying in the harbour.

1897
Decided to remove the mortar and supply a handbell to summon the crew.

1899
There were five unpaid coxswains at this station and the men were willing for the number to be reduced to four.

1903
Discontinued the practice of having several coxswains and appointed a Coxswain Superintendent.

1904
New lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of over £1,600.

1965
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester named the station’s new Oakley class lifeboat on 28 July.  The lifeboat was a gift of Dr Nora Allan and named The Doctors in memory of her father and three brothers.  Dr Allan’s father and two of her brothers were doctors.

The boathouse was adapted for the new Oakley class lifeboat, carriage and tractor.

Centenary Vellum sent to station.

1991
The boathouse was extended and modernised along with the slipway which was refurbished for the new Mersey class lifeboat.

Oakley class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Mersey.

1995
Two-storey extension to the starboard side of the boathouse was constructed.  This included improved crew facilities.

2003
Relief lifeboat D552 Global Marine was placed on service for 12 months evaluation on 21 May 2003.

2004
At the Operations Committee Meeting on 4 February 2004 and the Trustee Committee Meeting on 31 March 2004 the proposal to co-locate a D class ILB at Anstruther was discussed.  The Trustee Committee resolved that a D class ILB be co-located at Anstruther.

2007
For services to the Institution, former Coxswain John Murray has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the recent Birthday Honours:  Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).

MEDAL RECORD
Five Medals have been awarded to the men of Anstruther, one Gold and four Silver, the last being awarded in 1834.