Footnotes Barmouth lifeboat station

Barmouth lifeboat station

The RNLI lifeboat station at Barmouth opened in 1828, operating from a new boathouse built at a cost of £95. The need for life-saving equipment and volunteers had been underlined by many shipwrecks along this part of the coast. In 1825 the RNLI had awarded a silver medal to Edmond Lewis for rescuring seven men from a grounded ship.

In 1859 a new boathouse was built, with a slipway intalled in 1885 for easier launching. The current boathouse was completed in 2004.

An inshore lifeboat station was established in 1967, with a D-class lifeboat. The current D-class boat, Pilgrim, has served Barmouth since 1997, and the Mersey-class lifeboat Moira Barrie has been here since 1992.

In 1957 the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to William Morris and George Berridge for rescuing four children who were in trouble off the beach. Five other children died that day. In the same year, William Morris was also awarded the Maud Smith Award for the bravest act of lifesaving during the year by a member of a lifeboat crew.

The lifeboat service in the UK is provided not by government but by the RNLI, a charity which relies on donations from the public. Since it was established in 1824, the RNLI is estimated to have saved c.140,000 lives. It employs some crew members but most, 40,000 in total, are volunteers who leave their work, families or beds whenever their lifeboat is needed.

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FOOTNOTES: More Barmouth rescues

1938 - Letter of Appreciation to Coxswain Morris and crew after a search for a small steamer in Mochras Bay which lasted nearly 6½ hours

1971 - Silver Medals to ILB crew members John Henry Stockford, Colin Pugh and Dr Robert Airdrie Haworth for rescuing a woman who had fallen over a cliff. The Ralph Glister Award was also awarded to all three for the most meritorious service of the year performed by the crew of an ILB. A Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to each of the five shore crew.

1979 - Bronze Medal to Coxswain Evan Jones for the rescue of two men from a fishing boat’s liferaft

1980 - The Royal Humane Society’s testimonial on parchment to crew member John Henry Stockford, for rescuing a man who had jumped from Barmouth Bridge

1982 - Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Acting Coxswain Edward Leonard Vaughan, for rescuing the three crew and saving the trawler Gardelwen