Looking out over the broad expanse of the Bristol Channel, Minehead Lifeboat Station has operated from the same boathouse for over 100 years. Today's station has two inshore lifeboats - a B class Atlantic 85 and a D class.
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Minehead Lifeboat Station Quay West Minehead Somerset TA24 5UN
Station opening times:
April-October 11am–5pm dailyCrew training 10am every Sunday
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Lifeboat name: Christine
Lifeboat class: D class
Read more about the D class
Lifeboat name: Richard and Elizabeth Deaves
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)
Read more about the Atlantic 85
Station established at request of local residents in 1901.
1901Lifeboat house constructed westward of the entrance to the pier at a cost of £785.
1903Transporting carriage supplied.
1910Death of member of crew, W Slade, accelerated by exposure on service.
1911Mr W P Slade died from the effect of a service.
1939The lifeboat Kate Greatorex had a new method of propulsion. She was a light surf type with two 12 HP engines driven by Gill Propulsion. It is a method much in use in ferry boats in Norway and Sweden.
1941On 18 December the Naval Authorities asked for the lifeboat to be launched but it was arranged that a shore boat should go. Coxswain G Slade and shore signalman T Escott went out in the coxswain's boat. The object they had gone out to investigate exploded and completely destroyed the boat, killing both men. The Institution granted an allowance to the widows.
1970A D class lifeboat sent to station in April.
1972A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by Chairman of the Institution, Commander F R H Swann, CBE, RNVR, to Helmsman David James in recognition of the service by the D class lifeboat on the 2 July. David James scaled a cliff face to rescue a man in difficulty up Culver Cliff 50 feet above sea level.
1973Conventional lifeboat withdrawn on 20 May.
1974An experimental type of inshore lifeboat, subsequently numbered C500, was sent to station on 19 June 1974.
1975The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Christopher Rundle for his courage, seamanship and determination when the D class lifeboat rescued the crew of three of the yacht Svea on 13 September. The rescue was carried out in near gale force winds, a rough sea and driving rain.
1979C Class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat in July.
1992New D class lifeboat D420 was placed on service on 21 April.
1993Boathouse adapted for the station's Atlantic 21 class lifeboat. This included extension to the front and side of the boathouse to provide improved crew facilities and souvenir sales outlet.
1994Atlantic 21 lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by the new Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B708 which was placed on service on 13 November.
1999New D class lifeboat D549 was placed on service 15 July. D420 was withdrawn.
2001A Centenary Vellum awarded to the station in celebration of 100 years of service.
2007The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-824 Richard and Elizabeth Deaves was placed on service on 1 December. This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Miss Joan Batty in memory of her mother Florence Alice Batty. Lifeboat B-708 was withdrawn.
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