It cannot be underestimated how much the RNLI Lifeboat station in Swanage is valued by the town and its people, so for a week in August, everyone gets behind its main fundraising event, the Swanage RNLI Lifeboat week.
During the week of 7th to 16th August 2020 there will be a duck race, outdoor theatre, live music, boat races, a fun run and even a build a boat competition. There’s lots more events and it culminates on the final Sunday with a thanksgiving service at the lifeboat house.
All weather Shannon class lifeboat
The Swanage lifeboat crew cover an area of sea from halfway to The Needles on the Isle of Wight to Kimmeridge and halfway across the English Channel. It’s a very active station and now has two boats, an all weather Shannon class, launched down a slipway and a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB). During 2019 there were 60 launches.
The first lifeboat station was built in Swanage in 1875 after the brigantine Wild Wave was wrecked on Peveril Ledge. The coastguards were able to save the crew but the urgent need to have a lifeboat positioned in Swanage was made clear.
The current lifeboat station is on the original 1875 site on the southern side of Swanage Bay and was completely rebuilt in 2016 to accommodate the station’s new Shannon class lifeboat.