Certificate no 2011
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Ramsgate
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Rutherford, Birkenhead
Built in 1896
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.43 feet (3.18 m)
3.60 feet (1.10 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


FRANCIS FORBES BARTON is a wooden hulled lifeboat built in 1896 by Rutherford at Birkenhead. She served as the Broadstairs lifeboat from 1897 to 1912 and as the reserve lifeboat at North Deal from 1912 to 1921. She was sold out of service in 1926. She was the last vessel to serve Broadstairs as its lifeboat and during her career two RNLI silver medals were awarded to her crew.

This vessel is a survivor from the First World War. You can read more about her wartime history by visiting our First World War: Britain's Surviving Vessels website www.ww1britainssurvivingvessels.org.uk

Key dates

  • 1896

    Built by Rutherford in Birkenhead as a Self-Righting Lifeboat

  • 1897-1912

    Served as the Broadstairs Lifeboat saving 77 lives

  • 1912-1921

    Served as reserve Lifeboat in North Deal saving 23 lives.  Also during the Great War whilst serving in North Deal, awards were made to all the crew including Silver Medals to the Coxswain and Second Coxswain

  • 1926

    Sold out of service

  • 2000

    Sold to present owner

  • 2016

    Sold to present owner

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