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

Balmoral cancels visit to Whitstable Harbour

Published: Friday 09 June

A combination of the recent bad weather and the non-availability of her base in Gravesend has meant the much-loved Balmoral will not be visiting Whitstable Harbour this week and next.

Harbour Board Meeting

Published: Wednesday 12 April

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

Events

Canterbury Society of Art Summer Exhibition

21 June - 04 July

Canterbury Society of Art A large and varied selection of works by local artists Something to interest everyone Come to our "Meet the artist" session on... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Watercolour Exhibition

21 June - 27 June

Bob Male An exhibition of watercolour paintings, prints and notelets of local landscapes and seascapes Also paintings of animalsl and general subjects,... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre