Certificate no 1446
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Cromer
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes
Web address www.rnli.org


Builder Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes
Built in 1935
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.75 feet (3.89 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
45.97 feet (14.02 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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.

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

Key dates

  • 1934

    Built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes as a Watson type lifeboat, donated by Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst

  • 1935-1945

    Served as No 1 lifeboat under Coxswain Henry Blogg at Cromer and was launched 154 times saving some 500 lives

  • 1941

    Vessel saved 101 crew of SS MERIONES following bombing by German aircraft

  • 1946

    Transferred to Helwick Head Lifeboat Station in CoWaterford, Republic of Ireland

  • 1946-1960

     Served as Helwick Head lifeboat where she saved 12 lives

  • 1960

    Transferred to the reserve fleet until 1972

  • 1972

    Sold to the RMC Group and was put on display at Thorpe Water Sport Park in Surrey

  • 1991

     Sold to Peter Cadbury and returned to Cromer

  • 1994

    On display at Cromer No 2 Boathouse

  • 2006

    After restoration, moved to the newly built RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

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