We are Looe Lifeboats….With your support, we save lives at sea

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response.

Our proud history

Sir William Hillary founded the RNLI back in 1824. The Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, as it was called then, organised dedicated lifeboats for volunteer crew to help save those in trouble at sea Our heritage team cares for objects and archive materials to preserve the history of the RNLI and to inspire future generations of supporters and lifesavers. The RNLI manages museums and visitor centres around the UK and collections at the RNLI Support Centre in Poole, Dorset. Historic items are also displayed in many of our lifeboat stations. External heritage funding has supported the redevelopment of museums celebrating the life of Grace Darling, at Bamburgh and the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman Henry Blogg, at Cromer. Housed in modern buildings, they feature family-friendly displays. Eastbourne, Whitby and Salcombe museums are set in their original boathouses while Chatham Historic Dockyard holds the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection.
Lives saved since its formation
Over 143,000
1824
The year that The RNLI was founded
Find out more and plan a visit at RNLI.org/heritage.