OUR HISTORY

 

1861 A LIFEBOAT WAS FIRST STATIONED AT LITTLESTONE IN 1861 WHEN THE "PROVIDENCE" WAS MOVED FROM DUNGENESS.

1871 "DR HATTON" REPLACED "PROVIDENCE", THE LIFEBOAT STATION WAS RENAMED "THE NEW ROMNEY LIFEBOAT STATION"

1884 "SANDAL MAGNA" REPLACED "DR HATTON", THE BEST KNOWN OF ALL THE LITTLESTONE LIFEBOATS WAS THE ‘SANDAL MAGNA’, WHICH ARRIVED AT THE NEW ROMNEY LIFEBOAT STATION IN 1884
 
SHE WAS THE BUSIEST AND UNFORTUNATELY THE UNLUCKIEST OF THE BOATS. DURING ONE OF THE WORST RECORDED STORMS IN HISTORY IN
1891 THREE OF HER CREW LOST THEIR LIVES… IT WAS ON A STORMY 9TH MARCH WHEN THE SCHOONERS ECHO & HUGH BARCLAYS WHERE REPORTED TO BE IN DIFFICULTY IN THE BAY OFF LADE, AFTER BEING SWEPT BACK TO THE SHORE THREE TIMES THE ‘SANDAL MAGNA’ BROKE THROUGH THE SURF, ONLY TO BE HIT BY A LARGE WAVE TURNING HER OVER AND THROWING HER CREW IN THE FREEZING SEA, ALL BUT THREE CREW MAKING IT ASHORE ALIVE, THEY ARE LAID TO REST IN THE NEW ROMNEY CHURCHYARD, WHERE THEIR GRAVESTONES CAN BE SEEN TODAY. 

1900 "JAMES STEVENS NO.11", A 35 FOOT  SELF RIGHTING LIFEBOAT, A NEW BOATHOUSE AND RAMP WERE CONSTRUCTED.

1912 "HARRY WRIGHT RUSSEL" BECAME THE NEXT 35 FOOT SELF RIGHTING BOAT

1928 THE STATION WAS CLOSED AND THE LIFEBOAT, THE FIFTH TO SERVE HERE, WAS MOVED TO HYTHE.

1966 THE RNLI RE-ESTABLISHED AN INSHORE LIFEBOAT (ILB) STATION AT LITTLESTONE-ON-SEA WITH A D CLASS INFLATABLE LIFEBOAT (16FT). THE ILB WAS KEPT IN A BOATHOUSE BUILT ON THE BEACH.

1972 THE D CLASS LIFEBOAT WAS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH A B CLASS ATLANTIC 17 IN JUNE.

1973 A NEW BOATHOUSE WAS BUILT.

1976 THE ATLANTIC 17 WAS WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH AN ATLANTIC 21 (B-533) IN AUGUST.

1977 A PURPOSE-BUILT BRICK BOATHOUSE WAS BUILT FOR THE NEW LIFEBOAT.
 
1988 A NEW ATLANTIC 21 LIFEBOAT ARRIVED AT STATION, "THE LADY DART AND LONG LIFE II" (B-573, HONORING THE FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES OF THE LADIES' DARTS TEAM FROM THE NEARBY "SEAHORSE" PUB.
 
1993 THE BOATHOUSE WAS EXTENDED TO PROVIDE IMPROVED CREW FACILITIES.
 
2002 A NEW ATLANTIC 75 LIFEBOAT, B-785 "FRED CLARKE", ARRIVED AT THE STATION.
 
2004 A NEW LAUNCHING RAMP WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER.
 
2016 LITTLESTONE LIFEBOAT CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH A COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN.