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The current Port Isaac Lifeboat Station The old Lifeboat House at Port Isaac - now a gift shop
Photograph by Phillip Halling
(Left) The current Lifeboat Station on the harbour (Right) The old lifeboat house in the middle of the village

In 1869 the RNLI established a lifeboat station at Port Isaac and a boathouse was built on a hill leading down to the east side of the bay. (See right picture above and left picture below.) At this time there were two lifeboats called Richard and Sarah. To launch the lifeboat, it first had to be pulled manually through the narrow street from the lifeboat house to the harbour on a carriage. If you visit Port Isaac, look for the grooves left on the corners of buildings by the ropes.

The old lifeboat house as it was          An old photograph of the lifeboat being pulled.     Inside Port Isaac lifeboat station in April 2013
(Left) The old lifeboat house when still in use (Centre) An old photograph of the lifeboat being pulled through the narrow streets (Right) A view inside the Port Isaac lifeboat station in April 2013

In 1927 a new boathouse was built at the back of the harbour beach for the fourth and last traditional pulling and sail Lifeboat. This larger lifeboat was called the Ernest Dresden. In 1933, following six years without a single shout, the lifeboat was withdrawn and the lifeboat station closed.

In June 1967 Port Isaac was re-opened as an inshore lifeboat station with a D Class lifeboat.
In 1994 the old 1927 boathouse was re-acquired and refurbished to provide accommodation for the lifeboat and crew facilities. (See top left picture)

On 29th May 1997 a new D Class lifeboat, D-517, was placed on service at Port Isaac but this was replaced by a new D Class lifeboat, D-546 Spirit of the PCS RE II, on 3 June 1999. This was replaced by another new D Class inshore lifeboat named Copeland Bell, D-707, on Sunday 13th June 2010.

Station Opening Times 9:00am until dusk daily. There is no shop at Port Isaac (yet).

22 July 2011
Coastal Spring of St Clether, between Port Isaac and Launceston, are producing a range of bottled water carring the RNLI logo. One penny from each product sold goes to the RNLI. This is expected to raise 10,000 for the charity each year.

04 Jan 2013
Port Isaac RNLI lifeboat volunteers raced through rough seas on New Year's Eve in a desperate search to find an angler who was washed off rocks near Tintagel Head. It's believed the man had been in the water for up to an hour before he was found. The fisherman was taken back to Boscastle where he was met by paramedics and then transported on to hospital where he is recovering. See the video shot with the RNLI helmet camera below.


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