History of the RNLI in this Area

The R.N.L.I. was established on March 4th. 1824 " by Sir William Hillary, his aim being to organise a National Lifeboat Service. This took many years to fully implement and a number of local or County Lifeboat Associations were formed. One was the "Anglesey Lifesaving Association " founded by the Rev. James Williams Rector of Llanfairynghornwy in 1828.

The boats were manned by men from the Quarry at Penmon then by local Pilots.
The first Lifeboat belonging to "Anglesey Lifesaving Association" did not have a name but was just called " No. 4 " She was painted externally in 3 white and 4 black stripes so that they could be easily seen at night. She was a 26' x 6', 6 oared non -self righter and cost £43-11-0d She was ready on 18th November 1830 and transported first to Kingston in Ireland and then arrived in Penmon 28th. January 1831.

The first recorded service by Penmon Lifeboat took place on November 10th 1832 when she helped to save a crew of a brig in Red Wharf Bay.

In 1855 the R.N.L.I. took over all the Lifeboat Stations that were being operated by "Anglesey Lifesaving Association."

Between 1891 and 1991, the conventional Lifeboats stationed at Beaumaris were called out a total of 241 times on service and saved 197 lives.

Penmon Lighthouse built in 1838 The Small Boat is " Quest III " Picture by Courtesy of Huw Goronwy Jones

Since the introduction of the high speed Inshore Lifeboats at this Station in 1967, the various "D" class boats answered 123 calls and saved 45 lives.

The various "B" class boats have, since 1976 answered 827 service calls and saved a further 170 lives, a record of which everyone in the area can be truly proud and why it is reported to be one of the busiest Lifeboat Stations in Wales.

The waters around Anglesey have proved to be very treacherous especially The Swellies area between Menai Bridge and the Britannia Bridge. Many of the services are to that area.

Information : Jeff Morris
Honorary Archivist.
Lifeboat Enthusiasts' Society

Further Reading

History of the Beaumaris Lifeboat Station

Read about the Penmon Shipwrecks

Penmon and Beaumaris Lifeboat Stations including Beaumaris Services from 1890


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