Mary Stanford Lifeboat House

Mary Stanford Lifeboat House

Mary Stanford Lifeboat House
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Yes, it is just an old wooden decaying building, covered in graffiti, and nothing really to look at. But this is not a building it is a memorial. A memorial to the 17 volunteers that lost their lives in 1930 when called out from the station, which remains to this day the largest loss of life the RNLI have suffered in a single shout. That was the last fateful night this building was used.
The story is described in detail in the Discovery Centre and is approximately a half hour flat walk from there.
Written 6 September 2023
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keithmoonisalive
London34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It's just a small building, locked and boarded up. Nothing to see.

But the history within this building is unparalleled anywhere in the country. It was the scene of the largest loss of life the RNLI have ever seen.

17 volunteers lost their lift in 1930.

Please visit and pay your respects.

An utter tragedy.

Written 27 August 2023
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hazel1965
Luton, UK66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
this was the lifeboat house where 17 men were killed a shout, it is a place for those killed but truthwise it is just an old ricarty shed!
nothing else to see.
Written 28 June 2022
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Lucy H
Essex219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Basically, this is just a shed, covered in graffiti. But the story is so much more.....

Took a pleasant walk along to see the old lifeboat station and take in the story that surrounds it. What a tragic waste of life for the local community.

It's not possible to reach it by car, but the walk to it is pleasant and flat. And nice beach views across to Rye and beyond. We then went and saw the beautiful stained glass window that depicts the tragedy at the local church.
Written 17 August 2021
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hseal45
London, UK1,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A sad but fitting memorial to the 17 brave souls that went out to rescue a stranded ship at 0430 hours one morning but failed to return. This former lifeboat station is now no longer in use but serves as a reminder to all those in peril at sea - and how their selfless actions remain current today. A good 30 minute walk from the nearest road but well worth the trip to remember those who perished in order to help their fellow humans.
Written 15 August 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
I got my first views of the old lifeboat house as I started walking from Rye harbour and looked across the marsh to the coastline. The lifeboat house stood in complete isolation and as we got closer to the shingle beach, with the waves crashing ashore, it was all to easy to imagine the horrific day when the lifeboat was launched to futile effect and dreadful consequence.

The building is a rundown and sad looking place these days, but it is worth visiting to read the story of the tragedy and the brave people who died.
Written 23 September 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Situated on a lonely stretch of the coastline of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, two miles from the present RNLI Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, is the derelict Mary Stanford Lifeboat House. Architecturally, the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House is a rare surviving example of a construction of the pre-1885 pioneering period of the use of concrete for building purposes. It may also be the only remaining example of a pre-1885 concrete lifeboat house. Decommissioned by the RNLI in 1928 it remains dear in the memory of Rye Harbour for what happened on 15 November 1928. On the morning of that day, the Mary Stanford Lifeboat was launched from this lifeboat house into the teeth of a gale described, at the time, as being the worst in living memory. The Mary Stanford Lifeboat was launched to rescue the crew of a vessel in difficulties off the coast of Dungeness. This unnecessary rescue attempt (as the crew of the stricken vessel had already been saved) was devastating, however, as it resulted in the deaths of all 17 crew on the Lifeboat; nearly the whole male fishing men of Rye Harbour. This was the single, largest loss of life from a single lifeboat and there were many "family" members among the crew; a father and two sons, three brothers and cousins. Sixteen crew members are buried in a communal grave in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Rye Harbour. The seventeenth body was never recovered. A visit to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House can easily be combined with a view to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Pebble Memorial (outside the present-day lifeboat station in Rye Harbour), the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster Memorial (over the communal grave in the churchyard) and the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster Memorial Window (in the Parish Church of St Thomas the Martyr in nearby Winchelsea). As the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House is just a derelicy building, it does not rate a "Excellent" rating but, when combined with the other memorials, an "Excellent" rating is well deserved.
Written 2 April 2020
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