Brixham's outer harbour is protected by this long breakwater which is also useful for sea angling and hundreds of ships have been wrecked on the rocks around the town. One terrible storm in 1866 was so bad that even the beacon on the breakwater was swept away. Fifty vessels were wrecked and more than one hundred lives were lost in the storm that night.
After the storm of 1866 the wreckage stretched for nearly three miles up the coast from Brixham. As a result the citizens of Exeter donated money to help set up the Brixham Lifeboat. This is now called the Torbay Lifeboat Station and is situated just across the Breakwater where it is sheltered. From here a Severn-class all-weather lifeboat and a D-class inshore lifeboat are operated by the RNLI. You can get a clear view of the lifeboat from our roving live Brixham Harbour webcam.
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