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Longhope Lifeboat Museum

Located in the former lifeboat shed at Brims on the south coast of the island of Hoy (Orkney), the Longhope Lifeboat Museum remembers the history of a service which was established here in 1874.

The lifeboat shed was built in 1906, replacing one which lay to the north and was able to launch into either Longhope or Aith Hope, which are divided by a narrow isthmus. The central exhibit of the museum is the lifeboat Thomas McCunn which saw service from 1933-62. The museum also includes a collection of memorabilia relating to the Longhope lifeboats and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, together with a growing archive. The lifeboat shed became available when the service was transferred to Longhope and berthed alongside the pier there. The museum was opened on the 28th May 2002, by HRH the Princess Royal who serves as Patron of the Longhope Lifeboat Museum Trust. The first patron was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002), who accepted the role shortly before her death.


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