FREELANCE was built as a pulling and sailing lifeboat by Thames Ironworks of Blackwall and was launched at Grimsby in 1904. She became the Caister lifeboat in 1929, remaining in this role until 1941. Sold out of service in 1942, she became a twin screw fishing boat and was renamed Silver Queen.
In the 1960s she became a house boat conversion, later to be found at Skipton in 1980 in need of extensive works. The boat was restored in the 1980s and came to the Isle of Man in the 1990s.
Update, April 2020: FREELANCE reported broken up in Peel Harbour in 2019.
Built by Thames Ironworks of Blackwall
Served as the Caister lifeboat
Sold out of service and became a fishing boat
Converted for use as a house boat
Now based in the Isle of Man
Broken up in Peel Harbour, Isle of Man.
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