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The Cromer Lifeboat Shed

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Introduction

The Cromer Lifeboat Shed was the first of the type to be designed and constructed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at a cost of some £15,000 in 1922.

 

The iconic design employs the use of oak and pitch-pine beams, diagonally boarded Columbian pine studwork walls, and quite distinctive curved zinc roof.

 

It stood proudly on the end of Cromer Pier until 1997 before being shipped to Southwold where it now serves as a fitting home to the Alfred Corry lifeboat, and museum of the same name.

 

With dimensions of 60 feet (18.29m) long, 24 feet (7.32m) wide, 30 feet (9.14m) high at its highest point, and weight of 52 imperial tons (52.83 metric tonnes) her partial dismantling, shipping, and reassembly is a story in its own right.

 

Henry George Blogg, who was long associated with the Cromer Lifeboat, is the most highly decorated lifeboat man in RNLI history and served at the Cromer lifeboat station for 53 years. Henry also had a hand in designing and modifying the shed including the installation of an observation loft from which he would perform ‘lookout duties’ when not personally commanding the lifeboat vessels.

 

It is estimated that the lifeboats and crews based in the shed, during her 75 year service, lifeboats and crews saved some 1000 lives.

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