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Lifeboat station at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Lifeboat station at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

The first two lifeboats for the Isles of Scilly were kept in a boathouse on the town beach at Hugh Town in 1837. That station closed in 1855. A new lifeboat station was opened by the RNLI and a boathouse was built on the beach at Porth Cressa in 1874.
In 1889 a larger self-righting lifeboat was kept moored in the harbour at St Marys until a smaller carriage-launched lifeboat was sent to the station in 1891. In 1899 a new boathouse and slipway were built at Carn Thomas and the first motor lifeboat, Elsie arrived at the station in 1919.
From 1939 to 1953 the Cunard was the St Mary's lifeboat. This was followed in 1955 by the Watson class Guy and Clare Hunter. Probably the best known mission of the Guy and Clare Hunter came on 18th March 1967 when she went to the aid of the oil tanker Torrey Canyon, which went aground on the Seven Stones reef.
In 1981 the Guy and Clare Hunter was replaced by the Arun class Robert Edgar, which was itself replaced in 1997 by the current Severn class lifeboat, The Whiteheads. St Mary's is unique in being the only lifeboat station that has a slipway that is used to launch a boarding boat, (BB234), to take the volunteer crew out to the lifeboat.

St Marys boarding boat on the slipway
St Marys boarding boat on the slipway Photograph by RNLI/St Mary's

Aerial view of St Mary's Lifeboat Station
Aerial view of St Mary's Lifeboat Station Photograph by RNLI

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