An impression of the new station which is expected to open in 2011
Britain's most southerly slipway and lifeboat station are being bulldozed after 22 years of service.
The RNLI is building a new £7.5m station on the site at Kilcobben Cove on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.
The current Tyne class lifeboat will also be replaced with a new £2.7m Tamar class vessel.
The Tyne boat will remain in service from a mooring, either off Cadgwith, Polpeor Cove or Falmouth throughout the 18-month build.
Coxswain Phil Burgess told BBC News: "It's very sad to see the last launch of the Tyne from the slipway.
"But the Tyne does 16 knots and the new one will be 25 knots, so the speed of response will be faster."