Wells Lifeboat  RNLI Lifeboats Wells Norfolk UK

Historic Lifeboats

A number of retired and restored historic lifeboats are kept at Wells and in local harbours, and several more are regular or occasional visitors.

In particular, Wells' former station boat, the Oakley class 37-15 Ernest Tom Neathercoat, has been restored and is moored on Tugboat yard at the quay and sometimes takes part in displays on open days and harbour events. She has been joined in 2015 by the 1940 Liverpool class Lucy Lavers, a Dunkirk veteran and former Aldeburgh station boat which served at Wells on relief in the 1960s. The privately-owned Rother class, former Moelfre lifeboat 37-34 Horace Clarkson is also often moored in the harbour.

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Wells crew manning the 118 year old ex-Bembridge lifeboat 'Queen Victoria' for a BBC news item about the 'Eliza Adams' (2005)
Former Hastings lifeboat, Oakley class 37-06 'Fairlight' at Blakeney point, April 2010
Setting up on the quay to crane in 37-34 Horace Clarkson, 26 June 2012
The restored Ernest Tom Neathercoat lifted in at Wells, 26 June 2012
Horace Clarkson safely launched and moored on the pontoons, 26 June 2012
<I>Ernest Tom Neathercoat</i> alongside at Wells, 30 June 2012
Both historic lifeboats grace Wells quayside at sunset, 2 July 2012
Ex-Penlee Arun class lifeboat Mabel Alice, now a survey vessel, in the outer harbour, January 2013
Restored Oakley class 37-15 <I>Ernest Tom Neathercoat</i> at sea off Wells fairway, 19 May 2013
Ernest Tom Neathercoat heading back to the quay on a Summer evening, July 2014
Lucy Lavers relaunch ceremony at Rescue Wooden Boats, Stiffkey (11/4/15)
Launching newly restored ex-Aldeburgh No 2 lifeboat and Dunkirk Little Ship Lucy Lavers, 4 May 2015
Single screw Liverpool class Lucy Lavers back on the water after 20 years, 4 May 2015
Sea trials at Wells with newly relaunched historic lifeboat Lucy Lavers, 4 May 15
Lucy Lavers passes Wells boathouse on 4 May 15 where she served as relief boat in 1962 and 1963-64
Newly restored Liverpool-class Lucy Lavers alongside with Wells' current Mersey-class on exercise (6/5/15)
Lucy Lavers arrives back in Wells from Dunkirk 75 celebrations (28/5/15)
Former Whitby 32ft Ruby class lifeboat 'William Riley' on Wells beach for filming for a Lloyds bank advertisement, 8/6/2015
Former Selsey lifeboat 48' Oakley-class 48-12 Charles Henry. now in private ownership, visiting Wells (2/8/15)
Former Caister independent lifeboat 38-01 'Bernard Matthews' and later the independent all-weather lifeboat at Blyth
Former Buckie lifeboat 47' Watson-class 'Laura Moncur' temporarily at Wells, April 21
Former Buckie lifeboat 47' Watson-class 'Laura Moncur' temporarily at Wells, April 21
Former Buckie lifeboat 47' Watson-class 'Laura Moncur' temporarily at Wells, May 21

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