RNLB H F Bailey (ON 694)

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.

H.F. Bailey ON694 service to the Monte Nevoso
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.
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)


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

As H F Bailey (ON 694)
Date Casualty Lives saved
22 SeptemberAuxiliary fishing cutter Iona of Middlesbrough, landed 4 from Haisborough light vessel4
22 OctoberSteamship Clansman of Lowestoft9
5 DecemberSteamship Vojvoda Putnik of Split, assisted to save vessel41
27 DecemberSmith Knoll light vessel, rendered assistance
19 AprilSteam drifter Couronne of Lowestoft8
12 JuneSteamship Equity of Goole, rendered assistance
14 OctoberBarge Scotia of London, assisted to save vessel3
9 JulySteam Trawler ANSON of Grimsby, saved trawler9
21–22 NovemberSteam tankerGEORGIA of Rotterdam15
25 JanuaryKetch HARROLD of London, assisted to save vessel3
28 JuneRiver steamship EMPRESS of Nottingham3
30 OctoberFour masted schooner SVENBERG of Vardo, stood by vessel
22 NovemberMotor yacht CELIA of Bridlington, Landed 2
21 OctoberSteam drifter GIRL EVELYN of Fraserburgh, assisted to save vessel
17 FebruaryFishing boat WELCOME HOME of Sheringham, saved1
4 OctoberSteam trawler LE VIEUX TIGRE of Boulogne-sur-Mer, rendered assistance
20–22 NovemberSteamship Zembra of Dunkirk, saved vessel
24 DecemberSteamship VIKVALL of Oskarshamn, rendered assistance
7 AugustMotor trawler IVERNA of Galway, rendered assistance
3 SeptemberMotor barge OLIVE MAY of London, rendered assistance
11 OctoberSteam drifter ALEXANDRINE of Boulogne-sur-Mer, stood by vessel and gave help
14–16 OctoberSteamship MONTE NEVOSO of Genoa, saved29 plus one dog
14–16 OctoberSteam tug NOORDZEE of Rotterdam, saved from MONTE NEVOSO1
28 NovemberBarge MATILDA UPTON of Ipswich, assisted to save vessel3
1 MarchSteamship MARY KINGSLEY of London, rendered assistance
20 NovemberMotor barge GOLDCROWN of London, rendered assistance
13 DecemberBarge SEPOY of Dover, saved2
24 NovemberMotor barge RIAN of Groningen, rendered assistance
13 FebruarySteamship CAMPUS of Cardiff, assisted to save vessel29
31 MayThree masted schooner SIX SISTERS of Hull, rendered assistance
As reserve lifeboat J B Proudfoot (ON694)
16 JuneSteamship BRIKA of Swansea, assisted to save vessel


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