Zetland lifeboatThe RNLI Zetland Lifeboat Museum is home to the world’s oldest lifeboat and is responsible for saving over 500 lives in her seventy-eight years of service. Built in 1802, at a cost of £200, this 31′ double-ended rowing boat was carriage launched and crewed by between thirteen and twenty volunteer fishermen and pilots from the boat’s home, Recar, on the North East coast of England.

Henry Greathead was the first person to produce a purpose-built lifeboat in 1789 and he went on to build a further thirty boats, of which the Zetland was one.


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