Certificate no 1962
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Hesketh Bank
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Saunders, S E Ltd, East Cowes
Built in 1924
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.60 feet (3.84 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.73 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MANCHESTER AND SALFORD is an ex-RNLI rescue boat, built in 1924 at a cost of £8456 which was funded by local donations. 25,000 people attended her naming ceremony on 20 June 1924, when she was the first lifeboat to travel up the Manchester ship canal.

One of the first motor lifeboats, she is of double diagonal construction from Honduras mahogany on oak frames with Canadian Rock elm and was copper fastened.  She had two masts with a large sail area and drop keel and an 80 bhp RNLI designed Weyburn DE6 petrol engine.  Her speed was nine knots at 800 RPM with a 24" x 22" propeller.  A radio was fitted in 1938.

MANCHESTER AND SALFORD was stationed at Douglas on the Isle of Man until 1946 when she went into the relief fleet in service from 1924 to 1956 serving at Islay, Barra Island, Campbelltown and Stornaway.  In total, she was launched forty times and saved thirteen lives. 

Subsequently, MANCHESTER AND SALFORD fell on hard times and was abandoned at Deganwy where she washed up on the beach. She was re-possessed and then rescued by the current owner.  A major restoration project is now underway to rebuild her from the keel upwards.



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