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Looe Lifeboat Celebrates 150 Years

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:33am 20th April 2016.

Looe lifeboat celebrates 150 years saving lives in South East Cornwall

The RNLI is planning a series of events to celebrate the first lifeboat being established in the port in 1866.

The Boys Own No1 was one of its first boats and was in service from 1882 to 1902 saving 23 lives (and 3 kittens). It was built in London at a cost of £329 and funded by a gift from the readers of the Boys Own paper. It was a self-righting boat and was crewed by 13 men, 10 rowing.



Sheryl Murray MP will officially launch the celebrations on 1st May at 1.00pm followed by a simulated rescue with helicopters and lifeboats off East Looe beach at 2.00pm, culminating with a gala dinner on the 8th October.

The opening event co-coincides with Looe Festival of the Sea, organised by Looe Marine Conservation Group who are planning a number of events to co-incide.

Other local groups and organisations are being invited to hold events to help in Looe RNLI fundraising efforts and anyone who feels they can help is asked to get in touch.

There will also be a range of displays, including storyboards and crew kit through the ages in the crew room and boathouse. Looe RNLI is also calling for anyone who has any knowledge of descendants to contact them with their stories.

Details of all events can be found here


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