New charges, fees and business strategy published for 2017

We have just published the new Visitor Fees, Licence Fees, Business Berth Charges, Resident Fees and the 2017-2022 Business Strategy.

The Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster 1916-2016 Centenary

On the morning of October 27th 1916, in the middle of the First World War, the small community of Salcombe suffered a terrible loss when the lifeboat William and Emma capsized on Salcombe Bar after returning from an abortive mission. Thirteen of the fifteen-man crew were drowned.

Events on 27th October 2016 to Commemorate the Centenary

On 27th October 2016, the Centenary of the capsize of the William and Emma, Salcombe Lifeboat Station will commemorate the tragic loss of 13 lives and give thanks for the saving of two with the following events :

10:00 am Service of Commemoration in Holy Trinity Church Salcombe led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Nick McKinnel.

All are welcome to attend and we hope to broadcast the service online for those unable to attend.

During the service a “maroon” will be fired to signal the beginning and end of a one-minute silence. The Bishop of Plymouth will also dedicate a plaque as a permanent memorial to those who perished in the disaster.

12:15 pm : Wreath laying at sea from “The Baltic Exchange III”, Salcombe’s All Weather Lifeboat, in the vicinity of the Bar; The “Joan Bate”, Salcombe’s Inshore Lifeboat and the Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat will also be in attendance.

HMS Sutherland“, a Plymouth based Type 23 frigate, will position herself at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary in the position where the William & Emma capsized in 1916, she will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid, one for each soul lost.

The following decommissioned lifeboats will also take part in the ceremony:
• City of Bradford III (served on the Humber 1954-1977 and Lytham St Annes1978-1985).
• Samuel & Marie Parkhouse (now named Onoros) (served in Salcombe 1938-1962).
• Mary Irene Miller (served in Port Patrick 1989-2011).

After the ceremony all participating lifeboats will process up harbour to Whitestrand with a lone Piper aboard The Baltic Exchange III.

Boat owners are welcome to witness the wreath laying ceremony from the water, however we do request that you remain a respectable distance from the main ceremony and do not impede the passage of the small flotilla of lifeboats as it makes its way to and from the event.

Mrs Angela Yeoman has kindly agreed to open her garden at “The Bolt”, South Sands from 1145 to those who wish to watch the wreath laying ceremony from the shoreline. [The Bolt is the penultimate house on the left on the road from South Sands out towards Overbecks & Bolt Head. Parking is very limited near ‘The Bolt’ and it is hoped that those who are able will park at North Sands and walk to South Sands. There will be some spaces available in the ex Tides Reach Hotel car-park for those unable to walk from North Sands  and very limited disabled parking (Blue Badge Holder) at the Bolt and directly across the road at the Bolt Head Apartments.] Entry to the gardens at the Bolt is at your own risk as the owner cannot accept responsibility for any loss or injury.

14:45  Talk/Presentation/Film show in Cliff House reserved for the descendants of the 1916 crew and guests of Salcombe Lifeboat Station (by Invitation only). NB: This is the same talk/film as will be presented at other times during the summer – see “Talks and presentations”.

For more information visit the Salcombe Lifeboats website.

Flare Amnesty Confirmed

We’ve had a great response to our marine flare amnesty proposal and now we have a good idea of how many out of date flares there are in the area that need to be disposed.

We can confirm that the amnesty is planned to take place on October the 25th at Fish Quay. We will be confirming during October through social media, on our website and in our newsletter; make sure you like, follow or subscribe to make sure you get future updates.

Harbour Security Staff foil Thefts

Harbour Security Staff halt thefts in progress

Swift action by the Harbour’s security staff has resulted in thefts being foiled on each of the previous two nights. The first incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning in Bowcombe (Newbridge) when the security patrol witnessed two men making off with a kayak from racks adjacent to the slipway. When the patrol approached them the men dropped the kayak and drove off at high speed, almost knocking the security team over in the process. Details have been handed to the Police and the Harbour Office are trying to trace the kayak’s owner so that it can be returned.

The second incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the security patrol saw two men acting suspiciously at Victoria Quay in Salcombe. When the men were approached they got into a Silver BMW and drove off at high speed. Again, all information has been handed to the Police but members of the public who may have witnessed anything are also encouraged to pass on what they know to the Police.

The Harbour Master, Adam Parnell said “A number of ports and harbours in the South West have seen a spike in marine crime recently and unfortunately we have not been immune, and a small but significant number of outboard thefts have been recorded within the estuary this summer. The quick actions by the security team are to be commended on these occasions but we are obviously concerned that the thieves may try again, and we would urge boat owners to take especial care of their belongings. During the summer we have run several marine crime awareness events and have handed out security marking kits.”


Simple steps to improve security

Boat owners are encouraged:

  • not to leave valuable or attractive items unattended if possible;
  • to ensure that outboards etc are properly security marked. Even a post-code written in indelible ink can be a deterrent;
  • if possible, lock outboards to the transom of the boat to make it more difficult to steal;
  • report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101

Salcombe Harbour Photography Competition Gallery

The first annual Salcombe Harbour photography competition has now closed and judging is well underway.

The competition winner will receive a canvas print of their winning shot, a cash prize and to become a character in our Estuarine Escapade comic strip.

See all of the entries for the 2016 Photography Competition here.

Salcombe Harbour Photography Competition Gallery

Closing date for entries is 9 September 2016 and if you have a photograph that captures your connection with Salcombe Harbour then you can submit it here.