Registration number 2458
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Chatham
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1951
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.75 feet (3.89m)
30.00 feet (9.15m)
Length: Overall
46.75 feet (14.26m)


NORTH FORELAND is a Watson class lifeboat built by J Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1951. The vessel is of double diagonal timber construction and her full name on entering service was NORTH FORELAND: CIVIL SERVICE NO.11. She served as the Margate lifeboat from 1951 to 1978 and during this time she was launched 395 times saving 216 lives. Then transferring to the Relief Fleet from 1978 to 1982 when she was sold out of service. After display at the Bristol Lifeboat Museum NORTH FORELAND was placed on static display at Chatham Historic Dockyard.

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