Previous names

  • Fly by Night
  • Valhalla
Certificate no 3468
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Oulton Broad
Vessel type Liverpool Class Lifeboat
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
35.42 feet (10.79 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.17 feet (3.10 m)
3.58 feet (1.09 m)
Air Draft
8.00 feet (2.44 m)
Tonnage: Gross



SARAH ANN AUSTIN is a Liverpool Class Lifeboat of mahogany construction and was built by Groves and Gutteridge of Cowes in 1937 She was the Blackpool Beach lifeboat - 1937 - 1961 Naming Ceremony by Duke of Kent 21/10/1937 Initially fitted with whaleback engine cover - replaced in 1990 with a wheelhouse. Engine replaced approximately 1984.

Key dates

  • 1937

    Built by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes

  • 1937/1964

    Served as a lifeboat

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