Certificate no 2255
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location St Helier
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 1937
Hull material
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.49 feet (3.20 m)
Length: Overall
35.48 feet (10.82 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


HOWARD D was the first motorised lifeboat to be stationed at St Helier, where she served until 1948 when she joined a central pool of RNLI vessels in the UK. She then served in several stations in the north east. During the Second World War, she remained on duty in Jersey throughout the German Occupation and apparently went to sea at various times. In total, HOWARD D was launched at least 70 times and saved 66 lives. After leaving the service, HOWARD D spent twenty years as a fishing boat on the East Coast of England and returned to Jersey circa 2000. She was then carefully restored by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Maritime Museum in Jersey, and a service and blessing was held for her in St Helier Harbour in 2005.

Key dates

  • 2012

    Vessel selected for Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

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