Certificate no 2179
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Sheringham
Vessel type Oakley 37 ft Lifeboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Osbourne, William, Littlehampton
Built in 1961
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.51 feet (3.51 m)
Length: Overall
36.98 feet (11.28 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built by W Osborne as THE MANCHESTER UNITY OF ODDFELLOWS; a 37ft Oakley fitted with twin Perkins P4M diesels. Hull is diagonally constructed, fastened with copper nails and roves. Current engines are Ford/Thornycroft diesels, 52bhp, fitted in 1981 to replace the twin Perkins Cost £28,500 to build. She was the gift of the Manchester Unity Friendly Society (The Oddfellows). She was named by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, on 15 June 1962. Came into service on 10 July 1961. She was launched 127 times and saved 134 lives. Her coxswains were 1961-2 Henry 'Downtide' West. 1963-84 Henry 'Joyful' West BEM, 1985-6 Jack West, 1986-90 Brian Pegg. The boat was re-engined in 1982 with (two) Ford Thorneycroft 250-2701E 52hp units, and these are the engines in the preserved boat. Has largely been restored to Museum condition. General maintenance work is in progress. On completion she will be as she came out of service in 1990. On display at Sheringham.

Key dates

  • 1961

    Oakley lifeboat built by W. Osborne at Littlehampton

  • 1961-1990

    In service as Sheringham lifeboat

  • 1981

    Original twin Perkins engines replaced with two Ford Thorneycroft 250-2701E 52hp units

  • 1990

    Taken out of service and put on display at Sheringham lifeboat station in museum condition

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