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The crew of the Norwegian Barque Egbert was rescued by the fishermen of Bembridge in an ordinary open boat. At the same time, the Nab Lightship had been removed to a greater distance from the shore.
Bembridge needed a lifeboat.
In July 1867 the Committee of the RNLI decided to base a lifeboat at Bembridge using £524 donated to the RNLI by the citizens of Worcester. The lifeboat was named for its donors, the City of Worcester, and was delivered in October of that year. In November she was called out for the first time, in rough weather, to assist the brig Bessie, of Sunderland, seen to anchor dangerously nearby.
(She was guided safely into Bembridge Harbour, the RNLI later awarding
£7 4s 0d to the lifeboat crew.
The RNLI placed a lifeboat at Bembridge because of the removal of the Nab Light Vessel to a greater distance from the shore and as a result of the rescue of the crew of the Norwegian Barque Egbert by the fishermen of Bembridge in an ordinary open boat.
In July 1867 the Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution decided to base a lifeboat at Bembridge using £524 donated to the RNLI by the citizens of Worcester. The lifeboat was named for its donors, the City of Worcester, and was delivered in October of that year. In November she was called out for the first time, in rough weather, to assist the brig Bessie, of Sunderland, seen to anchor dangerously nearby. (She was guided safely into Bembridge Harbour, the RNLI later awarding £7 4s 0d to the lifeboat crew).
[The Life-boat, January 1868 (6/67)]
The first lifeboat was launched off a carriage with the aid of oil flares on nights, and messages had to be passed by foot messenger or a man on horseback.
The first Lifeboat house was constructed the same year, for £165.
Britain's lifeboat service was founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life by Shipwreck. In 1854 the Institution's name changed to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
All our detailed history is laid out in chronological order within our Boat House.
New Lifeboat - Queen Victoria
New Lifeboat- Queen Victoria
Silver medal awarded to Coxswain John Holbrook for the rescue of 110 people.
Silver medal (Second service clasp) awarded to Coxswain John Holbrook for the rescue of 13 people.
New Lifeboat - 40ft Self-Righter - Langham
New Lifeboat - 46ft Watson-Class - Jesse Lumb - Boathouse was made larger to accommodate the new lifeboat.
Bronze medal awarded to Coxswain Harry J Gawn.
Centenary Vellum awarded to the station.
New Lifeboat - Solent Class - Jack Shayler And The Lees
New Lifeboat - Max Aitken - Boathouse adapted to accommodate new Tyne Lifeboat
New Lifeboat - D Class Lifeboat D503
Coxswain Martin Woodward awarded MBE
New Lifeboat - Tamar Class - Alfred Albert Williams - and New Station
New Lifeboat - D Class - Norman Harvey
Charles Searle - 1st Coxswain of Bembridge
Edmund (Joey) Attril
John (Jack) Holbrook
Henry (Harry) (Tim) Gawn
Albert (Bert) Baker
Geoffrey Ernest Wade
Peter Smith BEM 1972
Archibald (Archie) Henley MBE 1995
Martin Woodward MBE 2004
Guy willing - 11th Coxswain
Do come and watch our training launches. Check our 'What's on" page for up-to-date information.
Our shops are run by volunteers and all profits go towards saving lives at sea. Our shop relies on the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
The Guild carries out various fundraising activities, looks after the station shop, provides "visitor" cover for the Offshore Boathouse and guides for the numerous school and youth group visits each year.
Check out our team and think if you'd like to be a part of it. Full training is given. Lots of positions available. You don't need to go to the sea if you don't want to.
Share your experience with the crew.
Join an amazing team.
Knowing the local area is key to being safe.
In Bembridge, we have what's known as the Bembridge ledge.
Always ensure your equipment is in good order. For more information, please contact our Water Safety Officer.
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