THE CHIEFTAIN is a twin screw Liverpool class lifeboat built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1948. She is of double diagonal construction, has a mahogany hull and her engine is a Beta model 38 installed in 2009. The vessel was the Barmouth lifeboat from 1949 to 1982 and saved 132 lives.
The majority of Liverpool class lifeboats were carriage launched. THE CHIEFTAIN was slip launched and was the last lifeboat at Barmouth to be slip launched due to the estuary becoming silted up. She retains ninety percent of her original timber and all her original fittings.
2019: THE CHIEFTAIN was transferred to Whitstable under new ownership.
Classic Boat: 1,000 Boat Pageant - Forces vessels and lifeboats, June 2012
Liverpool class lifeboat built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes, Isle of Wight
Served as the Barmouth lifeboat from 1949 to 1982 and saved 132 lives
Beta model 38 engine installed
Restoration completed with 90% of original timber and all of original fittings retained
Vessel selected to take part in Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012
Vessel in private use based at Bristol
A Sustainability Grant of £300 towards the cost of a cover was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
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