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Lifeboats

Have you ever had a ride in a fast boat? Our inshore lifeboat has a top speed of 35 knots - that's a little over 40 mph - and it can be quite exciting, though it's not so comfortable when the sea is rough. This video shows what it's like on a good day - enjoy!

Seafaring can be a very dangerous job, so for more than 180 years Sheringham has had lifeboats ready to rescue those who are in trouble at sea. The Augusta was the first of Sheringham’s lifeboats and was launched in 1838. Then came the Henry Ramey Upcher. Both of these were privately funded vessels.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has provided seven lifeboats over the years. In order, they have been the Duncan, the William Bennet, the JC Madge, the Forester’s Centenary, the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows and the inshore rigid inflatible boats, the Atlantic 75 'Manchester Unity of Oddfellows' and the Atlantic 85 (also named 'Manchester Unity of Oddfellows') which is currently in service.

To find out more about the history of the lifeboats, what a lifeboatman might wear and to hear an exciting tale of a lifeboat rescue click on the links below.


Henry Ramey Upcher
lifejackets


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