The "Michael Henry III" pre 1908

By Colin Holden

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'LIFEBOATS' page
This page was added by Colin Holden on 18/01/2008.
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Built at a cost of £728 the "Michael Henry" was the third lifeboat to be based at Newhaven using this name, arriving here in late 1897 she was a self righting twelve oared, 37ft boat with a beam of 9ft 3ins. Built by Thames Ironworks, and was then returned there in 1908, to be fitted with a Thornycroft 24 horse power petrol engine. Remaining at Newhaven until 1912, when she was then replaced by the "Sir Fitzroy Clayton". During her service here she was launched 39 times and saved 105 lives.(spare a thought, what must it have been like to be at sea in a full gale on a dark winters night, in an open rowing boat, risking your own life for others?) I believe that the above photograph would have been taken about 1904.

By Colin Holden
On 21/01/2008

Then large man in the stern is my Great Uncle George Winter.

By John Winter
On 26/05/2017

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