George Elmy

built 1949 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag



Service Vessel



Ongoing conservation

Museum: outdoors





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To be confirmed

10.80 feet (3.29 metres)

35.60 feet (10.86 metres)

3.00 feet (0.92 metres)



Built in 1949 by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes, Isle of Wight, GEORGE ELMY is a lifeboat of timber construction. She was in service with the RNLI from 1949 to 1972 when she was decommissioned. As the Seaham lifeboat, she was involved in a tragic accident in 1962 when five crew and four fisheremen were lost.

She underwent restoration Seaham to be used as a living artifact for school children and visitors.  In March 2013 it was announced that the historic lifeboat is set to sail to her home port of Seaham for the first time in 50 years, following completion of the project. The campaign to restore the Liverpool-class historic vessel secured £91,500 in donations and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Subsequent Developments

  1. September 2011: YouTube video of work being carried out on George Elmy by South Shields boatbuilder Fred Crowell Source: National Historic Ships
  2. October 2012 work is nearing its end on the restoration by boat builder Fred Crowell. Since buying the boat in 2009, the East Durham Heritage Group has raised £100K for the project. When finished, the intention is to sail the vessel back to the restored c1870s boat house at Seaham North Dock marina to become a memorial to those who died and also an educational facility. Source: Shields Gazette, Oct 2012
  3. March 2013 Set to sail to its home port for the first time in 50 years after being restored at Fred Cowell's boat yard in South Shields. The vessel will be moored at Royal Quays in North Shields until the boathouse in Seaham's North Dock is completed. Source: Shields Gazette, Mar 2013


  1. 2010/11 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £50,000 for learning opportunities
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thole pin:

a single pin or one of a pair rising vertically from the sheer and acting in a variety of ways to provide a fulcrum for the oar