In 1974 the Sailing Club, based at Wig Bay, Kirkcolm, was approached by the RNLI to run and man an Inshore Lifeboat in Stranraer. And so the Stranraer RNLI was formed with the original members being, Peter Brown; Andrew Murray; John Glover; Archie Bell, Charlie Brown; Neil Mitchell; Peter Logan and Terry Simpson – Terry, the only original left is now in charge of operations at Stranraer. Their base would be the ‘County Yard’ on Commerce Road, now known as the industrial estate. They were provided with a Landrover, a boat, yellow sowesters and life jackets. They had to wear their own shoes and clothing to keep warm. Towels were used to wrap around their necks to stop the water seeping in, nappies were apparently good for this job. Needing to be closer to the water, a Marley Garage was built on the shores of Lochryan. There were no changing facilities, no hot or cold running water. In fact no mod cons at all.
In 1994, the Marley Garage was replaced with the current station, with changing facilities, toilets, meeting rooms, a real luxury compared to what they had. And of course clothing and all equipment is state of the art and supplied. There have been many crew members that have come and gone, and these days, members don’t necessarily come from a sailing/fishing background, the crew meet for training every Monday night and often on Sunday mornings. Current station ‘roll call’ is: Antony Simpson, Chris Rice, William Dougan, James Turner, Sean Hannah, Paul Quinn, Steve Stringer, Dylan Rennie, William Garrett, Lawrie McMillan, Davie Packer, Gavin Irons, Kyle Anderson and Dylan Griffiths. And over the years we are sure that there are many who have been in trouble out on the water that are extremely happy and grateful that there is a lifeboat in Stranraer, with dedicated and courageous men and women who at the end of the day, are volunteers.