- by Gordon
Sennen Cove Lifeboat
The Sennen Cove Lifeboat was established in 1853, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution`s Sennen Cove Station is situated just one mile northeast of Land`s End.
The Station is protected to some extent from the full force of the Atlantic Ocean by the high cliffs of Pedn-men-du ~ but still offers some of the most challenging conditions to be found anywhere around the coast of the UK for lifeboat operations.
The Station operates a Tamar class All-Weather Lifeboat and a D Class Inshore Lifeboat.
The Tamar Class “R.N.L.B. City of London III ” is the station lifeboat. Constructed in 2009 at a cost of £ 2.7M, she is a 16m self-righting lifeboat powered by two 1000hp Caterpillar C18 diesel engines giving her a top speed of 25 knots, with an endurance of 10 hours + at full speed.
The Tamar launches down a slipway in the `traditional` fashion. The Station is unique in having two slipways, allowing the lifeboat to be recovered in the shelter of the breakwater at high tide; or up the launching slipway at low tide.
First established: 1853
All-Weather LB: RNLB Norman Salveson – Tyne Class All-Weather Lifeboat (47-016)
Inshore LB (1):
RNLB Spirit of the R.L.C. – D-Class Inshore Lifeboat (D-624)
Launches in 2008: 33
People Rescued in 2008: 65
Total Hours at Sea in 2008: 107hrs 14mins
Medals since 1824: 25 (8 Silver, 17 Bronze)