Located close to the Forth road and rail bridges, Queensferry Lifeboat Station has operated an inshore lifeboat for nearly 40 years. The crews have been presented with three awards 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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Queensferry RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out today (Wednesday 19th November) to rescue a dog last seen entering the water at Blackness Castle. There was concern that the owner might enter the water after the dog.
Members of the public can text the word CRAMOND to 81400 and the RNLI will reply with safe crossing times for the tidal causeway which leads to the popular tourist attraction.
The RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Fundraising Branch Cheese and Wine Evening at the Masonic Hall, South Queensferry raised £1100 for the lifeboat station.
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Queensferry Lifeboat StationHawes Pier Newhalls Road South Queensferry West LothianEH30 9TB
Station opening times:
By appointment only
Parking, disabled access
Visitor contact telephone:
Operational queries contact:
Operational contact telephone:
David Smart, Lifeboat Operations Manager
Shop opening times:
Easter–OctoberMonday–Sunday11am–5pmNovember–December (weather permitting)Monday–Sunday11am–5pm
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: Donald and Ethel Macrae
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)
Funded by: Bequest of Mrs Jean Alison Sim
Read more about the B class
1967Inshore lifeboat station established in July with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat. 1969On 1 January the name of station was changed to Queensferry, previously South Queensferry, at the request of the station branch. 1972A D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21. 1974A Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Major General Ralph H Farrant CB, awarded to ILB crew, R Mackay, J Smith and G McAlpine for the rescue of a man in very severe conditions when his small dinghy was washed onto the Swallow Craig rock on 8 December. 1989New boathouse constructed. It includes a crew/instruction room, a changing room, store and toilet facilities. 1997Atlantic 21 lifeboat withdrawn and Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B735 placed on service on 8 May. 1998Boathouse extension was completed in July. 2010For services to the Institution, LOM Thomas James Robertson has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the recent Birthday Honours; - Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).
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