Commissioned by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to save lives at sea, H F BAILEY was built by Groves & Gutteridge in 1934 at Cowes to a design by G.L. Watson. The lifeboat was 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 Coxswain Henry Blogg, already famous for his medal winning rescues. The boat launched 154 times and saved 448 lives at Cromer. During this time her crew were awarded one Gold, two Silver and nine Bronze awards for gallantry by the RNLI. She was transferred to Helvick Head (Eire) in 1946.
When sold out of service in 1973, the famous boat was on display outdoors at Thorpe Water Sport Park in Surrey before Sir Peter Cadbury bought her and presented her to the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in 1991. In 2003 she was officially transferred to the RNLI Heritage Trust.
Built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes as a Watson type lifeboat, donated by Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst
Arrives at Cromer, to serve as No 1 lifeboat under Coxswain Henry Blogg
Sir Samuel Hoare officially names the H F BAILEY after its donor
29 people rescued from SS MOUNT IDA, wrecked in a gale and heavy seas
H F BAILEY saved 101 crew members from SS MERIONES following bombing by German aircraft
88 men saved from 6 vessels wrecked on Haisborough Sands
44 crew members rescued from the SS ENGLISH TRADER grounded in a full gale and heavy seas
Leaves Cromer station
Transferred to Helvick Head (Eire) where she saved 12 lives
Transferred to Relief Fleet
H F BAILEY sold and put on display at Thorpe Water Park, Surrey
Bought at auction by Mr Peter Cadbury and gifted to RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and people of Cromer. Restored and repainted by volunteers
Moved into purpose-built museum. Strategy of care changed to conservation
Classic Boat: H F Bailey's new home, April 2004
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