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