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Swanage Lifeboat

Situated near Peveril Point and reached from the town by
walking past the pier and down a narrow footpath left of the
entrance to the Hotel Grosvenor thence along the rocky shore and
past the hauling-up place and huts used by the local fishermen.

The lifeboat house is usually open for inspection. The present
lifeboat "R.L.P.," the sixth to be permanently stationed here
was first launched in 1949. She is a 41 ft. cabin lifeboat with
twin screws, and is equipped with radio and all the latest life-
saving devices.

The Swanage Lifeboat Station has a proud record of
service, and its lifeboats have saved more than 70 lives since
the opening of the station in 1875.

Mr. R. C. Brown, was awarded the Bronze Medal of the R.N.L.I.
for gallantry in jumping overboard from the lifeboat to rescue
a drowning man from a vessel wrecked off Southborne in 1934,
and he and the other members of the crew were awarded medals
by the French Government for a gallant rescue attempt when a
French naval vessel capsized in heavy weather off Durlston
Head in 1943.

The Lifeboat Station can also be reached by road, by
turning right at the Royal Victoria Hotel into Seymer Road,
taking the second turning on the left and following the rode
across the Downs to Peveril Point.