Lifeboats and Service Records

The following table lists the names of the main lifeboats on station since 1866 together with the service counts. If you require more detail than this summary then please go to the ‘History Books’ page in our Archives where known publications are listed for reference. If you know of others please email as shown. Click on the lifeboat ‘name’ or ‘thumbnail’ to see a larger photograph of the associated lifeboat.
 
For the period 1875 to 1923 Torquay also had a Lifeboat Station located at the ‘Ladies Bathing Cove’ (Now known as Beacon Cove) which is close to the Imperial Hotel.  And for nine years from 1887 Dartmouth also had a lifeboat. The Dart Lifeboat Station was established again in 2007 after a gap of 120 years.
 
The Coxswain(s) for each Lifeboat are listed under Coxswains Past and Present in our Archives.

Brixham Lifeboat

Period

Launches

Lives Saved

City of Exeter

City of Exeter
1866-1885

5

1

Brian Bates
Brian Bates

Brian Bates
1885-1893

3

4

Betsy Newbon
Betsy Newbon

Betsy Newbon
1894-1896

2

0

Betsey Newbon 2
Betsey Newbon 2

Betsey Newbon 2
1896-1922

56

46

Torbay Lifeboat (Based at Brixham)

Period

Launches

Lives Saved

Alfred & Clara Heath
Alfred & Clara Heath

Alfred & Clara Heath
1922-1930

39

37

George Shee
George Shee

George Shee
1930-1958

245

191

Princess Alexandra of Kent
Princess Alexandra of Kent

Princess Alexandra of Kent
1958-1975

236

ALBILB
19694
Edward Bridges
Edward Bridges

Edward Bridges
1975-1995

560

Peoplerescued
531161
Marie Winston
Marie Winston

Marie Winston
1996-2001

362

476229
Alec & Christina Dykes
Alec & Christina Dykes

Alec & Christina Dykes
2001-present

740

744+491+

Please note Relief ALB Services are included within each Station Lifeboat service period

ALB Lifeboat Services

Total 1866 – 2016 cont
Relief ALB included in total
2248
334
2582+

Inshore Lifeboat Services

1964 – 2016 cont

1729

975+

Information supplied to the end of December 2016

Station Totals

4311

3133+
+ awaits HQ Stats from 2012

TORQUAY LIFEBOAT  (1876 – 1928) – Station Closed

Period

Launches

Lives Saved

Mary Brundet
Mary Brundet

Mary Brundet
1876-1889

11

19

James & Eliza Woodall
James & Eliza Woodall

James & Eliza Woodall
1889-1902

3

0

Wighton ON 487

1902 – 1923

11

0

Torquay Harbour Life-Saving Boat

1917 – 1928

1

0

DARTMOUTH 
LIFEBOAT  (1878 – 1896) – Station Closed
PeriodLaunchesLives Saved
Maud Hargreaves1878 – 188700
Henry & Amanda Shaw1887 – 189630
DART LIFEBOAT – Station Opened 25 October 2007Spirit of the Dart (named in 2008)2007 onwardsFor details follow this 
link
Notes: The ‘Alfred and Clara Heath’ was the first engine powered boat at Torbay.  
  
 ‘George Shee’ was the first Brixham lifeboat to lie afloat on the swinging mooring near the Breakwater Hard ‘D Day’ slipways.
  
 The ‘Edward Bridges’ was the last Arun to be constructed from wood. She can now be seen within the Royal National Lifeboat Collection at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham Maritime Museum, CHATHAM, Kent  (www.chdt.org.uk). Most of her original equipment has been reinstalled. Whilst viewing this page a recording made at her naming ceremony will run automatically.
  
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