Certificate no 2996
Status Registered
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Details

Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Harwich
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No

Construction

Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1930
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown

Dimensions

Length: Overall
46.50 feet (14.17 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.50 feet (3.81 m)
Depth
9.00 feet (2.74 m)

History

Significance

W & S was an RNLI Lifeboat for 40 years, purposefully built for the RNLI Penlee lifeboat station. She spent 30 years of this as a Penlee lifeboat where she completed outstanding services saving over 100 lives. Some of the services were award rescues. This boat completed special services during the war years, and she has been the subject of many books and films.

W & S is one of the first motor lifeboats and the first to carry a radio for communications.  She is the longest serving lifeboat from one lifeboat station because Cox and crew had total confidence in the design, leading to outstanding medal rescues. 

W & S was an RNLI Lifeboat for 40 years. She spent 30 years of this as a Penlee lifeboat where she completed outstanding services saving over 100 lives. Some of the services were award rescues. This boat completed special services during the war years, and she has been the subject of many books and films.

She was found abandoned in a Falmouth field in 2013 and requires extensive restoration works. To complete these, she has been transported to Harwich for the duration of the works which are estimated to take 2 - 3 years. 

Key dates

  • 1929/1930

    Vessel was built in Cowes, Isle of Wight

  • 1930-1962

    On station as Penlee Lifeboat 

  • 1930-1970

    Served in the RNLI fleet

  • 2010-2013

    Various private owners

  • 2013-2016

    Purchased by present owner and undergoing restoration works to make vessel seaworthy 

  • 2020

    Vessel remains under restoration in 2020.  The delay in works has been due to set backs with the machinery and in particular the port gearbox which needed to be rebuilt by specialist engineers

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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