Certificate no 1575
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Nantgarw
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Osbourne, William, Littlehampton
Built in 1956
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
41.97 feet (12.80 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


WATKIN WILLIAMS is a motorised twin screw lifeboat built in 1956. Her lifeboat number was 922 and she remained in service until 1983. She is now a museum exhibit based at the National Museum Wales Collections Centre at Nantgarw.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993

Key dates

  • 1956

    Built as motorised lifeboat by William Osbourne, Littlehampton

  • 1983

    Remained in service until 1983 when she was sold out of service

  • 1988

    Totally repainted

  • 1993

    On display indoors at Swansea Maritime Museum

  • 1997

    On display at Cardiff Maritime Museum

  • 2003

    Totally repainted again

  • 2015

    Now a museum exhibit based at National Museum of Wales Collections Centre, Nantgarw

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