Lifeboats unidentified

Photo:Lifeboat with service personnel in wartime, c1939-45?

Lifeboat with service personnel in wartime, c1939-45?

Geat Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Lifeboat on the Yare, c1910s?

Lifeboat on the Yare, c1910s?

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photographs of lifeboats from the collection of Great Yarmouth Museums

By Paul Douch

Can you help us to identify the boats featured on this page?

My hunch is that the first photo was taken in wartime.  Could it be the Louise Stephens, which served as the RNLI's Gorleston lifeboat between 1939 and 1967?

As for the second photo, what an atmospheric scene of dark skies and Scottish herring drifters, taken from a boat (a lifeboat?) making for the mouth of the river one early autumn morning?!

This page was added by Paul Douch on 17/11/2007.
Comments about this page

Mr Peter Stibbons of Poppyland Publishing has identified the first lifeboat as the Forester Centenary, a Liverpool class boat, on the shingle at Sheringham! It was not unusual for troops stationed locally to help to launch and recover the boat. He suggests that the date may be the 1920s.

By Paul Douch
On 09/01/2008

I think that the second picture is the Mary Meiklam of Gladswood,(now in Gorleston lifeboat shop) and this picture could be about 1930 as the lifeboat gained an engine in the 30's

By ivor Steadman.
On 06/05/2008

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