RNLB H F Bailey (ON 694)

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Oil Painting of the Monte Nevoso, Lifeboat Museum 13 February 2010.JPG
H.F. Bailey ON694 service to the Monte Nevoso
British RNLI Flag
Owner: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Builder: J. Samuel White at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
Official Number: ON 694
Donor: Legacy of Henry Francis Bailey, Brockenhurst, Surrey.
Station Cromer
Laid down: 1924
Fate: She left Cromer in 1935 and was renamed the J.B. Proudfoot and served in the reserve fleet
General characteristics
Type: Watson class
Length: 45 ft 0 in (13.72 m) overall
Beam: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Installed power: single Weyburn petrol engine of 80 bhp (60 kW)

RNLB H F Bailey (ON 694) was the second lifeboat at Cromer in the county of Norfolk[1] to bear the name of H F Bailey. She replaced H F Bailey (ON 670) which had been stationed at Cromer until 1924. In 1936 she became the station's reserve lifeboat and was renamed J B Proudfoot.


The lifeboat was built by J. Samuel Whites at Cowes in the Isle of Wight in 1923.[2] She was a Watson-class lifeboat and had a length of 45 feet (14 m) and breadth of 12 feet 6 inches (3.81 m). She was powered by a single Weyburn 80hp petrol engine.


The Cromer station had four motor-powered lifeboats all called H F Bailey after the donor, Henry Francis Bailey of Brockenhurst,[2] a London merchant who was born in Norfolk and died in 1916.

Service and rescues[edit]

As H F Bailey (ON 694)
Date Casualty Lives saved
September 22 Auxiliary fishing cutter Iona of Middlesbrough, landed 4 from Haisborough light vessel 4
October 22 Steamship Clansman of Lowestoft 9
December 5 Steamship Vojvoda Putnik of Split, assisted to save vessel 41
December 27 Smith Knoll light vessel, rendered assistance
April 19 Steam drifter Couronne of Lowestoft 8
June 12 Steamship Equity of Goole, rendered assistance
October 14 Barge Scotia of London, assisted to save vessel 3
July 9 Steam Trawler ANSON of Grimsby, saved trawler 9
November 21–22 Steam tankerGEORGIA of Rotterdam 15
January 25 Ketch HARROLD of London, assisted to save vessel 3
June 28 River steamship EMPRESS of Nottingham 3
October 30 Four masted schooner SVENBERG of Vardo[disambiguation needed], stood by vessel
November 22 Motor yacht CELIA of Bridlington, Landed 2
October 21 Steam drifter GIRL EVELYN of Fraserburgh, assisted to save vessel
February 17 Fishing boat WELCOME HOME of Sheringham, saved 1
October 4 Steam trawler LE VIEUX TIGRE of Boulogne-sur-Mer, rendered assistance
November 20–22 Steamship Zembra of Dunkirk, saved vessel
December 24 Steamship VIKVALL of Oskarshamn, rendered assistance
August 7 Motor trawler IVERNA of Galway, rendered assistance
September 3 Motor barge OLIVE MAY of London, rendered assistance
October 11 Steam drifter ALEXANDRINE of Boulogne-sur-Mer, stood by vessel and gave help
October 14–16 Steamship MONTE NEVOSO of Genoa, saved 29 plus one dog
October 14–16 Steam tug NOORDZEE of Rotterdam, saved from MONTE NEVOSO 1
November 28 Barge MATILDA UPTON of Ipswich, assisted to save vessel 3
March 1 Steamship MARY KINGSLEY of London, rendered assistance
November 20 Motor barge GOLDCROWN of London, rendered assistance
December 13 Barge SEPOY of Dover, saved 2
November 24 Motor barge RIAN of Groningen, rendered assistance
February 13 Steamship CAMPUS of Cardiff, assisted to save vessel 29
May 31 Three masted schooner SIX SISTERS of Hull, rendered assistance
As reserve lifeboat J B Proudfoot (ON694)
June 16 Steamship BRIKA of Swansea, assisted to save vessel


  1. ^ The Cromer Lifeboats, by Bob Malster & Peter Stibbons,:Poppyland Publishing, ISBN 0-946148-21-X
  2. ^ a b Cromer Lifeboats 1804–2004, ISBN 0-7524-3197-8