" The first Lizard lifeboat station"

Malcolm Chant

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THE OLD LIZARD LIFEBOAT STATION

A station was established at Polpeor by the RNLI in 1859 following the wreck of the ss Czar on 22 January 1859 when part of her crew was rescued by local boatmen.

1859 Boat-house built at the top of the roadway leading down to Polpeor Cove, cost £120.

1866 On 2 January, lifeboat washed among rocks and smashed while on exercise in a hurricane. Three of 10 crew drowned – Coxswain Peter Mitchell, Richard Harris and Nicholas Stevens. Institution gave £130 to local fund.

1885 A larger boat was provided for Polpeor, and the old (smaller) boat moved to a new station at Church Cove, where a new boathouse was built for £300.

1888 Silver Medal to Coxswain Edwin Matthews for long and gallant services.

1893 Silver Medal to Captain David G Ball, master of the Gustav Bitter for gallantly saving one of his crew while stranded off The Lizard 4 March 1893.

1899 Church Cove station closed. Boathouse purchased by owner of the site for £40.

1907 Silver Medals awarded to Coxswain William Edward Mitchell and Second Coxswain Edwin Mitchell for their part in a service to the liner Suevic on 17/18 March 1907. Silver Medals also awarded to the rev. Henry Vyvyan, Coxswain Edward Rutter (both Cadgwith lifeboat) George Anderson and William Williams (both crew of Suevic) The Lizard boat rescued 167 persons in six trips, see also Cadgwith for details of service.
(source the R.N.L.I.)
These boats were rowed by the men.

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