The Princess Royal
Watson 46 built 1938 by White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
To be confirmed
12.75 feet (3.89 metres)
46.00 feet (14.03 metres)
To be confirmed
THE PRINCESS ROYAL served as the Hartlepool lifeboat from 1939 until 28 April 1968. She arrived there new from the makers and was christened by Princess Alice in 1941. She was launched 152 times, saving ninety-four lives. In 1939, she was involved in rescuing the pilot of the first Spitfire to be shot down off the North-East coast, near Redcar. Again, in 1942, five naval men were rescued off the coast of Hartlepool, for which the coxswain was awarded a gold medal. The lifeboat was also awarded a gold medal and was one of only ten boats to receive a medal in 175 years of lifeboat history. The mechanic received a silver medal and the crew bronze medals. After years of service, THE PRINCESS ROYAL was sold into private ownership into the Osbourne family who kept her for 20 years where she was re-named LA ROCHELLE. Following Mr Osbourn'es death the lifeboat was returned to Hartlepool from Wales and passed by the Osbourne family to the current owners for £1. A team of volunteers subsequently spent nearly many years restoring her and she is now to form a floating museum at Hartlepool Marina.
- 1978 – 1998La Rochelle
- 3.4.1940 Assisted rescue ditched RAF spitfire pilot
- 21.7.1940 Dedicated by HRH Princess Royal
- 26.1.1941 Rescue crew SS Hawkswood, Awarded RNLI Gold Medal
- 29.4.2000 Barby to Hartlepool. Start of Restoration.
- 1.2.2001 Entered into Register NRHS.
- 23.9.2004 Relaunch after restoration.
- 11.10.2004 Rededicated by present Pribcess Royal.
- 2000 The Hartlepool Mail Ferry plan for Former Lifeboat - Jonathan Ward
- June 2009 A Sustainability Grant of £600 for a survey was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
- June 2012 A Sustainability grant of £500 for training was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships. Source: National Historic Ships UK
a vessel whose plank fastenings are of copper rather than iron