RNLB Harriot Dixon (ON 770)

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RNLB Harriot Dixon (ON 770)
British RNLI Flag
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
BuilderGroves and Guttridge Ltd, Isle of Wight.
Official Number: ON 770
Donor: £3,750 Legacy of Mr William Edward Dixon, Worthing, West Sussex.
Station Cromer No2 Station
Christened27 August 1937, By the Rt Hon Sir Samuel Hoare
FateSold out of service in 1964 converted to cabin cruiser
General characteristics
Class and typeLiverpool-class
Length35 ft 6 in (10.82 m) overall
Beam10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Draught4 ft 5 in (1.35 m)
Installed powerSingle Weyburn AE6 Diesel engine of 35 bhp (26 kW)

RNLB Harriot Dixon (ON 770) is a retired Liverpool-class lifeboat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, that was stationed at Cromer in the county of Norfolk[1] in 1934, she was the number 2 lifeboat and was stationed at the old lifeboat house on Cromer beach.[2] During the thirty years that she was the No 2 lifeboat at Cromer she was launched 55 times and was responsible for saving the lives of 20 people.[3] Dixon road in the southern suburb of Cromer is named after the Lifeboat.


The Liverpool-class motor lifeboat Harriot Dixon was built by Groves and Guttridge Ltd, on the Isle of Wight.[3] She took up station at the beach lifeboat house on 2 August 1934[3] and remained at station as the No 2 lifeboat for thirty years until 15 June 1964.[3] This lifeboat had been funded from a legacy of £3,750 left by William Edward Dixon, a surgeon, of West Worthing of the then county of Sussex (Now West Sussex).[3] Mr Dixon had died in 1921 and had left the money to fund a lifeboat to be named after his mother and if possible to be stationed on the Kentish or east coast.[3] Harriot Dixon went on to be the longest serving motor lifeboat at Cromer.

Rescues and service[edit]

Date Casualty Lives Saved
20 March Motor vessel FOSNA of Bergen, landed a sick man
9 October RNLB H F BAILEY of Cromer, gave help landing 29 saved from SS Mount Ida
12–13 October Steamship LINWOOD of Middlesbrough, saved 12
12 December Steamship CORBROOK of London, stood by
13 February Tanker BRITISH TRIUMPH of London, saved two boats
18 November H M Trawler DUNGENESS, gave help
20 November H M Trawler DUNGENESS, gave help
10 December Steamship ROYSTON of Newcastle upon Tyne, gave help
11 March Steamship KENTON of Newcastle, salvaged gear
1 April H M Trawler VALEXA, landed 1
14 April H M Trawler MADDEN and TAMORA, took out doctor landed 4 injured men
6 August Steamship TAARA of Pärnu, saved 8
9 September to 4 November Steamship TEDDINGTON of London, gave help on 6 occasions
4 November H M Trawler, Brought papers ashore
3 December Fishing boat MORNING STAR of Cromer, escorted boat
26 October Motor vessel GOLD GNOME of London, stood by and gave help
1 April Speed boat DAY II, landed 2 from steamship DYNAMO
11–12 September Motor Trawler GEORGE LANGWAY of Fecamp, gave help
26 January Motor vessel FARNDALE of Middlesbrough, gave help
6 February Tree fishing boats of Cromer and one from Runton, escorted boats
17 June Motor vessel GLAMIS of Dundee, landed a sick man
31 May Fisheries Protection vessel HMS CHEERFUL, landed passengers
5 June Fishing boats MISS CROMER and WHY WORRY of Cromer, escorted boats
15 September Fishing boat WHY WORRY of Cromer, escorted boat
28 September Steamship MOORWOOD of London, took out doctor
17 December Three fishing boats of Cromer, escorted boats
22 July Yacht POCOCITA, stood by
16 April Fishing boat JUNE ROSE of Sheringham, escorted boat
13 January Motor vessel JURA of Groningen, gave help
15 August Crab Fishing boats FRIENDSHIP, BLACK BEAUTY, WILLIAM ROBERT & ENGLISH ROSE of Cromer, escorted boats
15 April Steamship HUDSON SOUND of London, landed a sick man


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 252 – Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 978-0-319-23815-8.
  2. ^ The Cromer Lifeboats, by Bob Malster & Peter Stibbons,:Poppyland Publishing, ISBN 0-946148-21-X
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cromer Lifeboats 1804–2004, Leach, Nicholas & Russell, Paul, Pub: Tempus Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7524-3197-8