Kinghorn Lifeboat Station was established in 1965 as a D Class station when the RNLI recognised the need for better rescue coverage in the Firth of Forth as leisure traffic grew. The first station was a small shed-like structure, just large enough for the D Class lifeboat to fit in. Launching of the summer only craft was by hand, down the soft sand of the Kinghorn Beach, which was not easy for the crews to manage. In 1985, twenty years after the first station was built, Kinghorn received a new class of boat – a twin engined C Class lifeboat. This boat (C514) was stationed in Kinghorn’s new Marley building and launched by marinised tractor.

First Station, First Lifeboat – circa 1965
These photos were taken as publicity shots for British Aluminium, for whom these two crewmembers worked at the time

As the RNLI recognised the need for faster response times and a safer ride for our crew, plans were drawn up for a new building with more facilities – and a bigger, faster boat. Thus, the station’s third boathouse was built. This two storey building has facilities for the crew to change in (including a shower!), training facilities, maintenance areas for boat and equipment, an area to cook food in for those hungry tired souls that return from the sea, and an operation center to keep track of the current rescue/exercise. This building was opened in 1995 – thirty years after the station was first established. In this new building, the RNLI placed an Atlantic 75 class inshore lifeboat.