Lifeboats

An inshore lifeboat station was first established in July 1963 when a D class lifeboat was placed on service and manned by fishermen and dockers working on the harbour and living nearby.

In 1974 it was replaced by a bigger B Class Atlantic 21. In 1989 a single storey extension was built to the side of the boathouse. A fuel store, turntable store, a general storeroom, drying room and a souvenir sales outlet were all provided. In 1999 the Atlantic 21 named ‘British Diver’ capsized after being launched in a gale to rescue three fishermen. It was replaced in 2000 when the new boathouse was completed to house the ‘Oxford Town & Gown’ a new Atlantic 75. In 2014 the station was rebuilt and re-equipped with the latest version of the Atlantic, an 8.5m lifeboat named ‘Lewisco’. The Atlantic 85 is a rigid inflatable lifeboat, which has a manually operated self-righting mechanism, is manned by 4 volunteers and is launched down the beach in a carriage pushed by a specially built tractor. On average the lifeboat is tasked to about 60 incidents per year.

Station honours

At Whitstable lifeboat station, the following awards have been made:

Thanks of the Institution

  • David Victor Foreman – 1977
  • Michael A. Judge – 1981
  • Michael Gambrill – 1986
  • Jon Carter  – 2009

Other honours

  • In 2000, David Parry was awarded the Bronze Medal
  • In 2001, Mike Judge was awarded an MBE
  • In 2003, David Lamberton was also awarded an MBE

History of the harbour

Gallery

News

Vacancy for Independent Board Members

Published: Friday 29 September

Would you like to be a member of the Harbour Board? Take a look at this news item!

Harbour Board Meeting

Published: Monday 25 September

If you would like to come along, the details are here.

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