Dowager

Watson Class Lifeboat built 1932 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag

423

Registered


Service Vessel

Lifeboat


Watson Class Lifeboat

Maidstone


Private use

Private Use


No

No


05/06/1996

03/12/2009



Gallery


Propulsion

Engine

Petrol


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

13.00 feet (3.96 metres)


40.98 feet (12.50 metres)

3.61 feet (1.10 metres)


0.00


History

Built in 1932 by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes, Isle of Wight, DOWAGER is a lifeboat who was launched with the name ROSA WOOD & PHYLLIS LUNN. Her hull is of mahogany on oak frames and her engines were twin 72 hp Parsons Porbeagle diesels.

She became Shoreham’s fifth lifeboat and served for 30 years during which time she was launched 244 times and saved 143 lives; she then spent another ten years on the reserve fleet of the RNLI. During World War II she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation.

She was sold out of service in 1973 to a private owner who renamed her DOWAGER and converted her into a cruising yacht. In 1998 she was known to be based at Limehouse Basin, London.

Previous names

  1. 1932 – 1973Rosa Wood & Phyllis Lunn

Bibliography

  1. 1989 The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990 - Brann, Christian
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