Foresters Centenary

Liverpool Class built 1935 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1768

Registered


Service Vessel

Lifeboat


Liverpool Class

Sheringham


Private use

Private Use


No

No


14/08/1999

07/04/2009




Propulsion

Engine

Petrol


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

10.23 feet (3.12 metres)


35.48 feet (10.82 metres)

3.00 feet (0.92 metres)


0.00


History

FORESTERS CENTENARY was built by Groves and Gutteridge at Cowes in 1935, costing £3,569. She was named by the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Roger Keyes, on 18 July 1936 and was a gift from the Ancient Order of Foresters to the RNLI. She served at Sheringham, Norfolk from 1936 to 1961 and was Sheringham's first motorised lifeboat. She became known as the 'airmen's lifeboat' because she rescued more RAF personnel than any other lifeboat. She stood by for hours during over 1000 bombing raids and is credited with being launched 129 times and saving 92 lives.

FORESTERS CENTENARY was sold in 1961 into private ownership. She had a cabin and wheelhouse fitted at this time and was converted to a fishing hire boat. She was renamed SEAL MORNING and kept this name until 1998. In January 2003, she was put on display at Sheringham.

Previous names

  1. 1961 – 1998Seal Morning
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

hawse eye:

tubular metal fitting in the bows of a vessel through which the anchor cable passes