Certificate no 2751
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Blankenberge
Vessel type Watson 46.9 Class Lifeboat
Archive reason Overseas Watch List
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1956
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
46.75 feet (14.25 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.75 feet (3.89 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



 She is of mahogany double diagonal construction with twin Thornycroft 380 diesel engines. After service as a lifeboat at Fishguard, Barrow and Moelfre she was allocated to the relief fleet until sold out of service in 1989.

This vessel was the last of her class to be built and retains her open cockpit aft. Some conservation work will be carried out by her owner who has recently bought her and she may be returned to her appearance of the early 1960s.

Howard Marryat was built by J S White and Co.Ltd at the cost of £33,863, provided from a legacy from Mr Howard Marryat and a gift from his son, Mr R A Marryat of Guernsey. She is a 46ft 9” Watson motor lifeboat with airbag.

She was station lifeboat at Fishguard from 1957-81, and later served Barrow and Moelfre.

A Letter of appreciation was sent to Second Coxswain Hughes for his part in a service on 9 September 1976 to the yacht Blasket, when five people were rescued and their boat was also saved. 

While in service with the RNLI, Howard Marryat launched 156 times and saved 88 lives. She was sold out of service in 1991.

Key dates

  • 1956

    Built by J S White of Cowes Isle of Wight

  • 1957/1981

    Served as Fishguard lifeboat

  • 1982/1986

    Served as Barrow lifeboat

  • 1987/1988

    Served as Moelfre lifeboat

  • 1989

    Sold out of service

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