Selsey Lifeboat Station and Museum is open to the public from 10.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily (subject to operational requirements), and visitors are welcome. Visits by organised groups to Selsey Lifeboat Station and Museum are also welcome by arrangement.

https://www.selseylifeboats.co.uk

Learn more of the history of this iconic organisation:

1838

A Silver Medal awarded to Lieut. E B Westbrook RN because of saving three men from the sloop, ‘Ann’.

1861

A Lifeboat station established at Selsey. The Lifeboat was launched over the beach on skids.

1886

A Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James Lawrence.

1920

A new slipway built. The Lifeboat had to be hauled on a trolley on rails until it reached this slipway, 25m out to sea.

1925

A new boathouse was built on piles.

1930

A Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Frederick Barnes for rescuing two men from the motor yacht, ‘Lucy B’.

1939

During the Second World War the Selsey Lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, was launched on service 50 times.

1950

The Maud Smith Award, for the bravest act of lifesaving, awarded to Crew Member W Arnell, who rescued a man from a capsized boat.

1952

A Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Leslie C Pennycord for the rescue of six Crew from the ‘Swift’.

1956

Coxswain Douglas Grant awarded a Silver Medal for the rescue of 18 people from the yachts ‘Maaslust’, ‘Coima’ and ‘Bloodhound’.

1960

A new slipway, with a gradient of 1:5, and new station were completed.

1961

A Centenary Vellum presented to the station.

1968

An inshore Lifeboat (ILB) station established with a ‘D’ class Lifeboat.

1978

The ‘Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum’ awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the lifeboat saved three Crew from the fishing vessel, ‘Jenny’.

1979

The ‘Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum’ awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant because of rescuing two Crew from the sinking fishing vessel, ‘New Venture’.

1979

A Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the Lifeboat rescued the entire Crew of 20 from the cargo vessel ‘Cape Coast’, which was listing and rolling violently.

1984

A second Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the Lifeboat rescued the Crew of six and saved the yacht ‘Enchantress’.

1984

A Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman David Frank Munday when the ILB rescued the three Crew from the motor cruiser ‘Joan Maureen’ in October 1983. The Ralph Glister Award, for 1983, went to Helmsman David Munday and Crew Members Anthony Delahunty and Nigel Osbourn for this service.

1985

Ten lifeboat Crew and committee members of Selsey lifeboat station admitted to the Freedom of the City of London. The Tyne class, all-weather lifeboat, ‘City of London’, subsequently funded by the City of London Special Appeal.

1987

A boathouse built for the ‘D’ class lifeboat and contains a Crew room, store and souvenir shop.

2005

It was decided that ‘Voluntary Worker’ would replace ‘City of London’ after 22 years’ exemplary service by the latter because of operational upgrade.

2011

Selsey Lifeboat Station celebrates 150 years of operation

2016

The inshore Lifeboat shed demolished and so made way for the building of the new onshore Lifeboat station

2017

The new Lifeboat Station finished.

2017

‘Denise and Eric’, the new Shannon class Lifeboat, arrives on station.

To visit the Selsey Lifeboat Station and Museum near Chichester contact Holt Services

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