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Eyemouth Lifeboat Station celebrates 140 years of lifesaving

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 10 October 2016, Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat station celebrated 140 years of lifesaving.

This milestone achievement traces its roots back to January 1876, where a meeting of the RNLI management committee approved the formation of the Lifeboat station in Eyemouth. The station building and slipway were built by Mr J Berry at a cost of £512.  These were built on the east side of the harbour with a slipway running parallel to the east pier. 

The lifeboat, an 8 oared righting lifeboat, measuring 30 foot by 8 foot, was built by Woolfe of Shadwell London at a cost of £275, with its launching carriage costing a further £117.  Both lifeboat and its carriage were delivered by train, from London to Burnmouth Railway station.

On 10th October 1876, the lifeboat was drawn on her carriage from Burnmouth Railway station by 6 horses and taken in a grand procession through the streets of Eyemouth, and then down to the beach.

The funding for the lifeboat had been provided out of a legacy from Mr T Grindlay of Edinburgh and, at the end of the inauguration ceremony for the new station, Mrs Grindlay christened the lifeboat 'James and Rachel Grindlay'.

Mr William Nesbit was appointed Coxswain and the lifeboat was launched from the beach for the first time in front of 5000 people.

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat station continues to save lives at sea, operating a Trent class lifeboat, along with an IB1 inshore lifeboat.

RNLI media contacts

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Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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