Previous names

  • 1909 - 1931 Charterhouse
  • 1932 - 2009 Marian
  • 2009 - 2019 Charterhouse
Certificate no 3611
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Pembroke
Vessel type Self Righter Class Lifeboat
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, Blackwall
Built in 1908
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Yawl
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.50 feet (3.20 m)
5.50 feet (1.68 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.19 m)
Tonnage: Gross


CHARTERHOUSE was a self-righting lifeboat (Official Number 563) which was fitted with a petrol engine, sails, and oars. She was the most advanced lifeboat at the time of her build. She served as the Fishguard lifeboat between 1909 and 1930. Her most notable rescue was that of the HERMINA in 1920. Both the boat and the crew were transported by train to London to receive awards from the Prince of Wales. She was sold in February 1931 and was converted into the yacht MARIAN.  She was based for many years in North Wales, first at Conway and then at Port Penrhyn, Bangor.

In 2009 she was donated by her owner to the Fishguard Lifeboat Station for display.  She was taken to Goodwick, where her restoration was being undertaken.

In November 2019 CHARTERHOUSE was moved to the West Wales Maritime Heritage Museum in Pembroke where the vessel owner, the Charterhouse Returns Trust (registered charity 1139336), aims to have her prepared for public display in Spring 2020.



Leach, N. Lifeboats and Lifeboat Stations in the UK.  

Leach, N. Lifeboat Directory, 2013.

Key dates

  • 1909-12-15

    Launch ceremony at Goodwick after boat was sponsored by old boys and parents of Charterhouse School and named by wife of headmaster

  • 1920-12-01

    Involved in her most notable rescue, that of HERMINA

  • 1931

    Withdrawn from service and refitted as a pleasure craft, renamed MARIAN

  • 2009

    Donated by owner to Fishguard Lifeboat Station for display 

  • 2019

    Undergoing refurbishment by volunteers at Goodwick 

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