Previous names

  • 1929 - 1969 Cecil & Lilian Philpott
Certificate no 426
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Walton Backwaters
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1929
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.50 feet (4.12 m)
4.50 feet (1.37 m)
Length: Overall
45.50 feet (13.88 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
52.49 feet (16.00 m)


Built in 1929 by J Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight, STENOA is a lifeboat launched with the name CECIL AND LILIAN PHILPOT. Her hull is double diagonal built of mahogany and her current engines are twin Ford 4SD 72 hp. She was on station at Newhaven from 1930 to 1960 and was in the RNLI reserve fleet until 1969. In her service years, she was launched 235 times and saved 148 lives. She attended the Dunkirk evacuations during World War II. She was sold out of service in 1969 to her present owner, renamed STENOA and has been used as a family cruiser since then. In 1997, she had a bowsprit, main and mizzen mast fitted.


Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
ADLS News: Fleet news, pp12, Spring 2015 
Classic Boat: On of the Finest on the East Coast, July 1999

Key dates

  • 1929

    Vessel built

  • 2012

    Vessel selected for Avenue of Sail, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

  • 1977

    Silver Jubilee

  • 2012

    Diamond Jubilee

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