Lifeboat station opens its virtual doors to public

The Tamar class all-weather lifeboat
The Tamar class all-weather lifeboat
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SHOREHAM lifeboat station now boasts its own Google tour, so virtual visitors can find their way around the building and the Tamar all-weather lifeboat at the click of a button.

It is believed to be the first RNLI lifeboat station in the country to have a virtual tour that includes the boat.

The tour was put together by Google photographer Mike Page and creative agency Crate47, which is based in Brighton Road, Shoreham, and overlooks Kingston beach where the lifeboat station is.

The director of Crate47, Pete Jones, said: “Shoreham lifeboat station is our neighbour, it is a fantastic building and the volunteer crews and everyone involved do such a great job.

“We wanted to be able to help show off the building in a creative way and help the RNLI which is a charity.

“Anyone that has access the internet at work, home, or on a mobile device, can view the entire station and the inside of the boat, just by clicking on a link via Google.

“The tour promotes the points of interest to the wider public, and we hope this will prompt them to visit the lifeboat station, which is open daily, raise awareness and help with donations.

“As a creative agency we have some powerful tools to help charities like the RNLI, and businesses, build a greater social presence.

“We are able to use our skills along with Mike Page, our photographer, to create this tour using street view technology.”

Mr Page of Pageturner Photography said: “It’s an amazing building, and it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to produce this 360 degree virtual tour.

“It is such an interactive an engaging experience, and it can now be shared with the world.”

“Since I tweeted the link to it there has been lots of interest on social media from other users.”

The virtual tour of can be found at

There are more than 230 RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland, and more than 140 lifeguard units.