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Welcome to Whitby Lifeboat Station Website 


A lifeboat station has been operating here since 1802, from 2007 the volunteer crew have benefited from a brand-new building.

Whitby Lifeboat Station is situated on the east coast of England, in North Yorkshire, clearly visible within the busy and attractive harbour of Whitby.

The station houses their D-Class inshore lifeboat OEM Stone III, crew training rooms a galley and office whilst the Trent Class All-Weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb

 lies afloat outside. 

Rohilla centenary celebrations: 31 October-2 November 2014

A remarkable rescue saving 124 lives

On 30 October 1914, the Hospital ship Rohilla was sailing down the North Sea from Leith in Scotland to Belgium to pick up wounded soldiers from the front when she ran aground on a reef under the cliffs at Saltwick Bay near Whitby, North Yorkshire. A fierce north-easterly gale and heavy seas quickly broke her into three sections – drowning many of the hospital staff and crew.

Thirty-five survivors were rescued by the Whitby lifeboat before she too was broken into pieces. Fifty of the ship’s remaining passengers clung to the disintegrating wreck for the next two days before being rescued by a motor lifeboat that had managed to sail through the gale from the River Tyne.

Three RNLI Gold Medals and four Silver Medals were awarded for gallantry on this service.

A weekend of celebration and commemoration

Centenary activities, balancing a celebration of the lives saved and a solemn memorial to those who drowned, will take place on the weekend 31 October 2014. A substantial and informative memorial plaque will be placed on the stonework of the West Pier.

The recently restored William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington is the original lifeboat stationed at Upgang, and one of the lifeboats which took part in this memorable rescue. She will be on display at the Lifeboat Museum and also take part in demonstrations and a wreath-laying service at the wreck site.

Contact us and get involved

If you are interested in more information, or would like to offer artefacts that could be loaned for display in the exhibition or contact details regarding relatives/descendants of the ship’s crew and passengers, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01947 602216.

Upcoming FOWL Events

FOWL (and local RNLI related) Forthcoming events

Friday 7 November 2014 10am-11.30am at The Talbot Hotel, Malton (James Martin's hotel)

Coffee morning with Malton Guild

Saturday 22 November 2014 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm at Helmsley Scout Hut (opposite the Feversham Arms)

Christmas Prize Bingo with Helmsley Guild 

Wednesday 10 December 2014  10.30am – 12 noon The Royal Hotel address as above

Christmas Coffee Morning £2.50 to include tea/coffee and a biscuit

Raffle/tombola, West Cliffe School choir, hopefully souvenir stall

January 2015 SOS fundraiser to be arranged