Certificate no 2286
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Seaham
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


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


Breadth: Beam
10.80 feet (3.29 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
35.60 feet (10.86 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1949 by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes, Isle of Wight, GEORGE ELMY is a lifeboat of timber construction. She was in service with the RNLI from 1949 to 1972 when she was decommissioned. As the Seaham lifeboat, she was involved in a tragic accident in 1962 when five crew and four fisheremen were lost.

She underwent restoration Seaham to be used as a living artifact for school children and visitors.  In March 2013 it was announced that the historic lifeboat is set to sail to her home port of Seaham for the first time in 50 years, following completion of the project. The campaign to restore the Liverpool-class historic vessel secured £91,500 in donations and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Key dates

  • 1949

    Built by Groves and Gutteridge of Cowes on the Isle of Wight as a Lifeboat

  • 1950

    She was the Lifeboat at Seaham Harbour where she rescued 20 people in 12 years

  • 1962

    She capsized after rescuing a fishing coble and only one survived

  • 1962-1972

    She served as a Relief Vessel

  • 2009

    Purchased by present owner

  • 2013

    After restoration at Fred Crowell’s Boatyard, she sailed to Seaham

  • 2017

    She is undergoing further restoration at Seaham where she will be used as a living artifact for visitors


  • 2010/11

    The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £50,000 for learning opportunities

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