CHARLES HENRY is a former Oakley Class lifeboat. Her official number was 1015, and her operational number was 48-12. She is 48 feet and 6 inches in length. She was stationed at Selsey from 1969 until 1983, and then at Baltimore between 1983 and 1987. Her penultimate service was in 1986 when she went to assist the KOWLOON BRIDGE in what was described as a phenomenal sea state. She is now the only Oakley Class 48 ft 6 inch lifeboat afloat. There were only five such lifeboats built, with the operational numbers 48-01, 48-02, 48-03, 48-12 and 48-13. Those with the operational numbers 48-01 and 48-13 were broken up by the RNLI. Number 48-03 is currently on display at Hythe, and number 48-02 is being refurbished. 48-12 (CHARLES HENRY) is afloat in the Royal Quays Marina at the Albert Edward Dock in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.
In October 2019 it was reported that the vessel had passed the MCA coding inspection for category 3 sea area, allowing the boat to operate commercially up to 20mm from a safe haven.
Built as Oakley Class lifeboat by William Osborne at Littlehampton
1969 to 1983
Served as lifeboat at Selsey
1983 to 1987
Served as lifeboat at Baltimore
In her penultimate service she went to the assistance of the KOWLOON BRIDGE during a phenomenal sea state
The present owners obtained the boat and brought her to the north east of England
Vessel has now passed the the MCA coding inspection for category 3 sea area, allowing the boat to operate commercially up to 20nm from a safe haven.
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