H F Bailey

Watson Class Lifeboat built 1935 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Ensign House flag

1446

National Historic Fleet


Service Vessel

Lifeboat


Watson Class Lifeboat

Cromer


Museum based

Museum: dry berth


No

No


24/03/1999

12/07/2012


Web site

www.rnli.org

Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Petrol


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

12.75 feet (3.89 metres)


45.97 feet (14.02 metres)

6.00 feet (1.83 metres)


19.00


History

Designed by G L Watson, H F BAILEY was built by Groves & Gutteridge in 1934 at Cowes. Donated by Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst at a cost of £7307 14s the lifeboat entered service at Cromer on 12 December 1935 as No1 lifeboat under Cox’n Henry Blogg. Launched over 125 times, she saved 514 lives during World War II. She was transferred to Helwick Head (Eire) in 1946. After about 12 years’ service, she was transferred to the reserve fleet until 1969 when she was sold to the RMC Group and put on display at Thorpe Water Sport Park in Surrey. Since 1994 she has been on display at Cromer No 2 Boathouse.

Classic Boat (April, 2004) H F Bailey's new home

Key dates

  1. 1934 Built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes as a Watson type lifeboat, donated by Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst
  2. 1935-1945 Served as No 1 lifeboat under Coxswain Henry Blogg at Cromer and was launched 154 times saving some 500 lives
  3. 1941 Vessel saved 101 crew of SS MERIONES following bombing by German aircraft
  4. 1946 Transferred to Helwick Head Lifeboat Station in CoWaterford, Republic of Ireland
  5. 1946-1960  Served as Helwick Head lifeboat where she saved 12 lives
  6. 1960 Transferred to the reserve fleet until 1972
  7. 1972 Sold to the RMC Group and was put on display at Thorpe Water Sport Park in Surrey
  8. 1991  Sold to Peter Cadbury and returned to Cromer
  9. 1994 On display at Cromer No 2 Boathouse
  10. 2006 After restoration, moved to the newly built RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

Bibliography

    Designed by G L Watson, H F BAILEY was built by Groves & Gutteridge in 1934 at Cowes. Donated by Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst at a cost of £7307 14s the lifeboat entered service at Cromer on 12 December 1935 as No1 lifeboat under Cox’n Henry Blogg. Launched over 125 times, she saved 514 lives during World War II. She was transferred to Helwick Head (Eire) in 1946. After about 12 years’ service, she was transferred to the reserve fleet until 1969 when she was sold to the RMC Group and put on display at Thorpe Water Sport Park in Surrey. Since 1994 she has been on display at Cromer No 2 Boathouse.

    Classic Boat (April, 2004) H F Bailey's new home

If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

keel bar:

metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel