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Cromer Lifeboat Station

Cromer Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat station
Entrance to lifeboat station.
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Country England
County Norfolk
District North Norfolk
Town Cromer
Location Cromer Lifeboat Station, Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk
 - coordinates 56|3.4|N|1|18|5.84|E|type:landmark_region:GB name=

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Material Fabricated steelwork and concrete
Founded 1804 as Norfolk Shipwreck Association
Date Current boathouse was completed 20 May 1999
Owner Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Cromer Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the town of Cromer in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The station operates two lifeboats - one for inshore work and the other for offshore work.

The current lifeboat station on the end of Cromer pier was re-built between 1997–1999 to replace the smaller 1923 one which was re-located to Southwold in Suffolk where it is used as a lifeboat museum. The new boathouse cost approximately £3 million which was funded by bequests and private donations.[2] Cromer Lifeboat station is one of the most famous of the lifeboat stations operated by the RNLI.[3]

There has been a lifeboat service operated from Cromer for two centuries - predating the establishment of the RNLI. The volunteer crews at Cromer have gained a record of gallantry stretching back to the beginnings of the RNLI. Some of the most notable rescues and service have been carried out by famous coxswains such as Henry Blogg and Henry "Shrimp" Davies and their crews. To date there have been awards of 45 Bronze medals, 8 Silver medals and 3 Gold medals.

History

In the early days of the station the lifeboats were kept outdoors on the east jetty. From 1804 the privately operated service was funded by a subscription fund which was administered by a local committee led by Lord Suffield, the third baron of Gunton Hall.[3] Other dignitaries on the committee included George Wyndham of Cromer Hall, Thomas Mickleburgh, a local merchant, Joseph Gurney, a Cromer draper and Benjamin Rust who was a grocer.[3] This was the situation of the service until 1857, when with the lifeboat organisation falling into financial troubles and the lifeboats falling into a bad state of repair, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution took over the Cromer station along with other Norfolk Association stations.[3] By this time the association had built a lifeboat house which once stood some 100 yards from the high-water mark close to what is now the inshore lifeboat station. The RNLI altered and renovated this station at a cost of £46.2s.7d.[4] but by the mid-1860s this station had outlived its usefulness and a new boathouse was planned. The new site was on the east gangway and in 1864[3] work started on the new station. The new boathouse took four years to complete and included building an extension to the sea walls and a slipway across the top of the beach. The work cost £476.4s.0d[3] and was carried out by a local builder by the name of E. Simmons.[3] The cost of the station was met by Benjamin Bond Cabbell[3] who had also bought the new lifeboat for the station.

Fleet

The station operated two offshore boats from 1923. The second boat was replaced by an inshore lifeboat (ILB) in 1967.

All Weather Boats

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name
1804–1830
1830–1858 Greathead Class
1858–1868 Greathead Class Peake
1868–1888 Benjamin Bond Cabbell
1888–1902 ON 12 Benjamin Bond Cabbell II
1902–1923 ON 495 Louisa Heartwell
1923–1924 Norfolk and Suffolk class ON 670 H F Bailey
1924–1935 ON 694 H F Bailey II
1935–1945 Watson Class ON 777 H F Bailey III
1945–1967 Watson Class ON 840 Henry Blogg
1967–1986 ON 990 48-03 Ruby and Arthur Reed
1986–2007 ON 1097 47-006 Ruby and Arthur Reed II
2007–2008 ON 1162 12-004 Royal Shipwright (Relief Boat)
2008–present ON 1287 16-07 Lester

No. 2 Lifeboat

When the station received its first motor lifeboat, a No. 2 station was established located in the old boathouse. It was closed in 1967 when the station received an inshore lifeboat.

Dates in service Class ON Op. No. Name
1923–1931 ON 495 Louisa Heartwell
1934–1964 Liverpool Class ON 770 Harriot Dixon
1964–1964 Liverpool Class ON 834 Jose Neville
1964–1967 ON 980 37-13 William and Mary King

Inshore Lifeboat

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name Image
1967–1985
1985–2002 D-class (EA16) D-307 Spirit of Roundtable
2002–2011 D-class (EA16) D-568 Seahorse III
2011–present D-734 George & Muriel

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