EVENTS. 2018


 27th January  SOS Day at the station between 1100  & 1400  Tea/Coffee served at station

 2nd March Quiz at Appledore -St Marys Hall.   More details to follow.

 24th March Boat Jumble  & Car Boot at Skern Lodge. (In doors if bad weather Times to be confirmed

 20th April- Junior WHAAM (Music event at the Pier House) Details to follow

 18th May- BIG SHEEP EVENT- Adults behaving badly (Details to follow)

Below are some links that we hope may interest you. We've included links to...

Sister Websites:

These are all links to our sister lifeboats who have their own web site. Any incorrect listings or omissions please either our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aran Islands
Barra Island
Caister Volunteer Rescue Service
Cowes Inshore Lifeboat
Dun Laoghaire

Loughor Inshore Lifeboat
Lytham St Annes

Port St Mary
Sidmouth Inshore Rescue Service
Valentia Island
Walton & Frinton

Appledore Websites of interest:

Below we list some of Appledore's website that may be of interest to you. If you have any suggestions please contact either our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

General Information
Appledore General Information.
And another view on Applefore
Appledore Historical Society
Appledore Visual Arts Festival
Information on Devon

Skern  Lodge (Adventure/Accommodation)

Torridgepilot Gig Club
Appledore Gig Club

Appledore Shipyard
Appledore - Instrow Ferry


Ships and Boats:

    • Ilfracombe Shipwrecks. This is a great site that highlights just some of the many shipwrecks that dot the Devon Coastline. Fascinating, but tragic.


    • The "Kathleen and May". This beautiful 3-masted topsail schooner is a piece of living history and is located in nearby Bidford. Apart from the beautiful and sensitive restoration, this boat has another feature worthy of note.The original reefing gear fitted was the first known example of Appledore roller-reefing, the sail being reefed by a ratchet lever that engaged the cogs on the gaff boom thereby winding the sail around it and then locked to prevent the sail unwinding from the boom. She worked out of Appledore for some years, (as the "Lizzie May" - named after her first owner's daughters), and thereafter many more years working out of Youghal, Co.Cork in Ireland, (as the "Kathleen and May" after her new owner's daughters)
    • St.Mary's Chuch, Appledore: The connection here is that the wooden screen in this Protestant church is made from timbers of the sailing ship Marco Polo. The church was founded in 1836 on Appledore's quays.

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RNLI Appointed Coxswains.

Coxswains at Appledore

1852 – 1873 Joseph Cox
1873 – 1891 J Cox Jnr
1890 – 1903 J Berry
1891 – 1895 S Hare
1903 – 1912 R Batten
1912 – 1933 G Craner
1933 – 1964 S Cann BEM
1964 – 1969 H Carter
1970 – 1994 D Cox (Present Cox'n Father)
1994 – 2005 M Bowden
2005 – Present M Cox


Coxswains at Braunton Burrows

1859 – 1890 J Smallridge
1891 – 1910 R Woodcock
1910 – 1919 W Cann


Occasional Coxswains

In the early days before Coxswains were appointed the first senior man arriving at the Boathouse would take the boat as Coxswain, these men are listed among the occasional Coxswains. It may be note that there is some overlapping as some Coxswains near retirement.

1829 O N R Smith
1833 W Chappell
1833 T Burnard
1836 T Day
1845 Capt J Williams
1876 J Harvey
1969 I Ives



   Appledore's long and proud tradition with lifeboats goes back to 1829 - before the RNLI was even formed. The station's history is so rich that only a brief summary can be made here. We hope that you will be able to get a little of the effort and human endeavour that has gone into keeping this voluntary service running for those in peril at sea from this synopsis.


   There were, at times 3 stations open at the same time! All of these were manned by the Appledore Crew, and which boat went was decided by where the casualty was. The Braunton Burrows Boat would go for a casualty anywhere from the North Tail, or Airy point to Saunton or Woolacombe. The Northam Burrows Boat would go for anything from the South Tail down to Westward Ho! And the Appledore Boat was for anything inside Bideford Bar. All that changed when the RNLB Jane Hannah MacDonald arrived at the Appledore Boathouse in 1889.


   This history has been broken down and summarised under the following linked sections...





The stations were taken over by the RNLI.

Over a period of 90 years (1829–1919) 21 Silver Medals were awarded for rescues to the many shipwrecks that occurred off the coast.

1919 The lifeboat station at Appledore became the main station.
1922 The station’s first motor lifeboat arrived.


1928 A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.
1935 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Second Coxswain GHE Pow for saving three men from the fishing vessel Lee Bay.
1944 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Cann for rescuing seven crew from a concrete harbour unit 10 miles off Morte Point.


1950 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Cann for a service to the steamer Monte Gurugu which sank south of Lundy Island on 12 November 1949. With Ilfracombe and Clovelly lifeboats they saved 24 people but 13 of the Monte Gurugu’s crew died.
1956 Robert Cann, aged 10, a great-nephew of Coxswain Sidney Cann, was presented with a watch for rescuing two boys.


1959 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Cann for a service to the Polish ship Gilwice.
1963 A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Cann for a service to the RFA tanker Green Ranger off Hartland Point on 17–18 November 1962.
1964 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Second Coxswain John Richard Bowden for rescuing four crew from the yacht Volunteer.
1966 On 1 January the lifeboat took two doctors to Lundy Island to treat a seriously ill woman. Due to the conditions they were put ashore using the South Lighthouse stores hoist. Dr Brooke and Dr Ruddock were recognised in the Book of Valour of the British Medical Association.


1971 Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Dr DF Valentine and Crew Member John Pavitt for a service to an injured seaman on board the Manchester Merit. John Pavitt saved the doctor from being crushed as he was climbing aboard the vessel.


1972 An inshore B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat was sent to the station. This was kept in the 1889 boathouse.
1975 A celebration 150th anniversary Vellum was awarded to the station.
1986 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman John Pavitt for rescuing a windsurfer in very rough seas on 1 December 1985.
1988 The Tyne class lifeboat, ON1140- George Gibson, was placed on service.
1995 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Bowden for rescuing the crew of the fishing vessel Torridge Warrior close to Bideford Bar buoy on 31 March 1994.
1997 A new Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-742 Douglas Paley, was placed on service on 11 December.
2001 A new boathouse and slipway were completed.


2005 Helmsman Gary Stanbury is to be awarded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Bronze Medal* for Gallantry after saving three people from a stranded powerboat Kasam. Crew Members Andrew Hallet and Martin Davis are to receive Medal Service Badges and Certificates.



New Tamar Class Lifeboat RNLB Mollie Hunt (16-16) placed on station March 28th.


2012 New Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat, B-861 Glanely, was placed on station 9th July

Past Appledore Lifeboats:

1825-1858 Volunteer
1831-1848 Assistance
1847-1852 Petrel I
1889-1907 Jane Hannah McDonald I
1907-1910 Jane Hannah McDonald II
1910-1922 Jane Hannah McDonald III
1922-1938 VCS
1938 - 1962 1938-1962 Violet Armstrong
1962 - 1987 1962-1987 Louisa Ann Hawker
1988 - 2010 George Gibson
2010 - present Mollie Hunt

Previous Appledore Inshore Lifeboats:

1972 - 1974 Reserve Lifeboats
1975 - 1986 Whizzer
1986 - 1997 Manchester & District XXXII
1997 - 2012 Douglas Paley
2012 - Present Glanely

Previous Braunton Burrows Lifeboats:

1848-1857 Assistance
1857-1866 Dolphin
1866-1881 George and Catherine
1881-1902 Robert & Catherine I
1902-1912 Robert & Catherine II
1912-1918 Robert & Catherine III

Previous Northam Burrows Lifeboats:

1852-1861 Petrel
1856-1862 Mermaid
1862-1890 Hope
1870-1875 Mary Anne I
1875-1885 Mary Anne II
1885-1889 Jane Hannah MacDonald
1862-1890 No. 8 Reserve LB
1891-1897 Bessie Pearce


Crew, Shore Crew & Officials.

  Below is a list of those currently serving at Appledore RNLI lifeboat station, along with their wide and varied backgrounds. There are many who have served over very many years also that are no longer on the team - we cannot display these at present but hopefully that will be rectified in the future.








Day Job


Boat Crew

  Martin Cox Coxswain /LTC / LAA / ILB Mechanic, Mechanic   Full-time Coxswain  
  Owen Atkinson Mechanic / 2nd Coxswain/ LAA   Full-time Mechanic  
  Jeff Pavitt Crew/Mechanic / 2nd Cox/Helm   Marine service sales  
  Andrew Hallett Crew   Highways worker  
  Jo Tattersall Crew   Self Employed Consualtant  
  Andy Short Helm / Mechanic / Navigator   Garage Owner Mechanic  
  Rob Ward Crew   Electrician (Alarms)  
  Simon McCarthy Crew / Navigator/ Helm   Angling Shop Assistant  
  Steve Watts Crew / Navigator/ Mechanic   Self Employed Electrician  
  James Atkinson Crew   Shipyard Welder  
  Andrew Atkinson Helm / 2nd Cox   Shipyard design Engineer  
  Mark Williams Crew / Helm / Mechanic   RNLI area technician  
  Gary Stanbury Helm / Mechanic/2nd Cox/LAA   Charter Skipper  
  Nick Ayres Helm / Mechanic   Mobile Fitter (Plant)  
  stuart Arnett Clark Crew / Mechanic   Tree Surgeon  
  Sam Ayres Crew/ Navigator   Bar Person  
  Stuart Moles Crew /Mechanic   self employed Energy Consultant  
  David Atkinson Crew   Shipyard marine Fitter  
  Paul Atkinson Crew   Supermarket supervisor  
  Del Elsemore Crew   Auto electronic's technician  
  Glyn Stanbury Crew   Machine Operator  
  Ross Coburn Crew   Car salesman  
  Chris Beer Crew   Self Employed Electrician  

Nick Cousins

Crew   Self Employed Kitchen Fitter  
  Matt Rowe Crew   Civil Servant  
  Carl Chessum Crew   Self Employed  
  Nat Simmons Crew   Self Employed  

Shore Crew

  Colin Gane Head Launcher   Retired  
  Clive Leonard Shore Crew   Mechanic  
  Adam Williams Shore Crew   Machine Operator  
  Lucy Lo-Vel Shore crew    Civil servant  
  Rich Whithey Shore crew   Electrican  
  Andrew Chiles Shore crew   Paramedic  
  Noel Gray Shore crew   Self Employed  

Operations Team

  Tony Merrill Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM)   Retired Consultant  
  David Barnard Deputy Launch Authority (DLA)   Retired  
  Tony Short Deputy Launch Authority (DLA)   Retired Police Officer  
  Phil  Copp Deputy Launch Authority (DLA)   Retired Paramedic  
  Rob Enever Deputy Launch Authority   Marine Consultant  
  Niki Tait DLA / Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO)   IT Consultant  
  Nigel Batley Deputy Launching Authority (DLA)   Retired  
  David Foster Deputy Launching Authority (DLA)   Consultant  
  Mike Weston Deputy Launching Authority (DLA)    Retired Master Mariner