Port St Mary is one of five lifeboat stations on the Isle of Man and has celebrated 110 years as a lifeboat station. Today the station provides search and rescue cover for both leisure and commercial vessels, operating both an inshore and an all-weather lifeboat.
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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The latest figures released today by the RNLI charity reveal the island’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out 47 times last year.
Manx RNLI volunteers welcomed a special guest earlier this week as the charity’s Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease met station, shop and branch volunteers on an official tour of the Island.
Port St Mary lifeboat was called out at 8.15pm after recieving a call from Liverpool Coastguard that a yacht was in difficulty seven miles south of the port.
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Port St Mary Lifeboat StationLime StreetIsle of ManBritish IslesIM9 5EF
Station opening times:
9am–5pm weekdays or by appointment
Visitor contact telephone:
Shop opening times:
January–DecemberMonday–Friday10am–4pm(although closed when on a shout as manned by crew)
Specific 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.
Lifeboat name: Gough Ritchie II
Lifeboat class: Trent
Funded by: The Gough Ritchie Trust and legacy of Miss Millicent Webb
Read more about the Trent
Lifeboat name: Spirit of Leicester
Lifeboat class: D class
Read more about the D class
A station was established by the Institution in 1896 in view of the number of shipwrecks in the area.
1896/8Lifeboat house built at a cost of £845.
1912Committee decided the boat would in future be launched from the slipway and exercises with horses would be discontinued. Gas laid on in lifeboat house for lighting and heating.
1927An exercise was arranged for Flag Day on 6 August. Coxswain Kneen was killed by an explosion, when he fired the maroon that was to open the event. His wife was granted a pension by the Institution.
1937While launching on exercise on 10 June the lifeboat skidded down the slipway and four men working the winch were thrown from the handles. John Evans was struck by a handle and received fatal injuries. A pension was granted to his widowed mother.
1966D Class lifeboat sent to station in May.
1976Watson - Motor class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Arun class lifeboat.
1981The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic Norman Quillin and crew members Eric Quillin and William Halsall in recognition of their skill, determination and initiative when the lifeboat rescued two of the crew of the yacht Melfort which went aground on rocks at Derby Haven about 80 yards on the seaward side of the breakwater in an east-south-easterly gale and a rough sea on 17 May 1981.
1994New D class lifeboat D462 placed on service on 13 July.
1995Centenary Vellum awarded to station.
1998New Trent class lifeboat placed on service 21 May.
2001His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, President of the Institution visited the station on 30 October accompanies by the Chairman of the Institution Mr Peter Nicholson and the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Air Marshal Ian MacFadyen CB,OBE.
2004A Framed Letter signed by the Chairman or the Institution, Mr Peter Nicholson, awarded to Second Coxswain Michael Kneale in recognition of his initiative, leadership and first class seamanship when the lifeboat brought in the large disabled fishing vessel Paramount on 24 November 2003.
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