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The Lizard Lifeboat and Lifeboat Station, about 1948

NumberHESFM:2003.8488.25
PlaceThe Lizard Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1948. about
KeywordsLizard Emergency Services Lifeboat People
PhotographerGrattan, Frank
PublisherPen Pol Studio
Copyright© Estate of Frank Grattan

Photographic postcard of Great Britain's most southerly lifeboat station in Polpeor Cove at Lizard Point. Taken around 1948, The Lizard lifeboat is being watched by people who are standing on the cliffs above the lifeboat station, the slipway down to the lifeboat station and also along the launch slipway. The lifeboat is alongside the bottom of the slip. In 1914, this was the third lifeboat station to be built at Polpeor Cove. It had an integrated slipway which enabled boats to be launched directly into the sea. This station closed in 1961 and was replaced by the new and larger lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove. The first station at this location was opened in 1859 following the wreck of the SS Czar on 22nd January 1859 when some of her crew were rescued by local boatmen.