The History

1869: An RNLI lifeboat station was established to cover the western half of Cardigan Bay. A lifeboat house was built at a cost of £170.

1870: A Silver Medal was awarded to Rev Owen Lloyd Williams, Honorary Secretary, for the rescue of 13 men from the ship Kenilworth.

1871: A slipway was built to improve launching.

1879: A second Silver Medal was awarded to Rev Williams for ‘… his continued intrepid services in the Abersoch and Porthdinllaen lifeboats’.

1894: The lifeboat station was moved to Penrhyn Du on the south side of the Bay. A new boathouse and slipway were built a cost of £1,350. This still exists today and is a famous landmark in the bay and is known locally as the "Old Lifeboat Station".

1897: A watch room was built next to the main boathouse.

1931: The lifeboat station was closed.

1965: An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established at Abersoch with a D class lifeboat.

1972: Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellums were awarded to Helmsman Barrie McGill and Crew Member Michael Bosley when the inshore lifeboat, with the Pwllheli lifeboat, rescued two men by breeches buoy, a rescue method involving a pulley system and ‘breeches’ attached to a suspended buoy, from the rocks at Cilan Head.

1977: Framed Letters of Thanks were presented to Helmsman Barrie McGill, Crew Members N Loughlin and M Davies for a service to a climber fallen 10m into the sea.

1978: The citizens of Wolverhampton raised over £30,000 in a special appeal that funded a boathouse, launching equipment and an Atlantic 21 lifeboat. The D class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced with an Atlantic 21 lifeboat named Wolverhampton.
A new boathouse was built.

1986: A sea defence wall was built as protection for the boathouse.

1987: The boathouse was extended so that the ILB, trolley and tractor could be coupled together at all times.

1990: The Atlantic 21 Borough of Solihull replaced Wolverhampton.

1994: A new boathouse was built, providing housing for the ILB, trolley and tractor, as well improved crew facilities.

2001: Helmsman Richard Hughes and Crew Member Simon Harris were both awarded the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum for the rescue of a girl and her dog from a rock in darkness and rough seas on the evening of 26 October 2000.

2002: An Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-790 Margaret Bench of Solihull, arrived at the station. She was funded by a legacy from Margaret Bench.

2003: A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station for completion of a total of 100 years service.