Certificate no 2176
Status Registered


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


Builder Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes
Built in 1949
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.23 feet (3.12 m)
Length: Overall
35.48 feet (10.82 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


WILLIAM AND LAURA served at Newcastle from 1949 to 1980. She was launched 58 times and saved 54 lives.

The historic vessel is in storage and available to view by appointment at the National Museum or Northern Ireland. 

We are lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.


Key dates

  • 1949

    Lifeboat built by Groves and Guttridge at Cowes, Isle of Wight

  • 1980

    Served at Newcastle from 1949 to 1980. Launched 58 times and saved 54 lives

  • 2008

    Purchased by National Museums Northern Ireland for display at Cultra, Co. Down, Ulster

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

More like this

The Chieftain starboard view underway (c) Richard Judge

Registered, built 1948 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

William Cantrell Ashley - current livery & condition

Registered, built 1949 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Valas - on mooring

Registered, built 1941 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

HOWARD D - undergoing sea trials in 2008

Registered, built 1937 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes