RNLB Harriot Dixon (ON 770)

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.

RNLB Harriot Dixon (ON 770)
Owner: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Builder: Groves and Guttridge Ltd, Isle of Wight.
Official Number:ON 770
Donor:£3,750 Legacy of Mr William Edward Dixon, Worthing, West Sussex.
StationCromer No2 Station
Launched: 1934
Christened: 27 August 1937, By the Rt Hon Sir Samuel Hoare
Fate: Sold out of service in 1964 converted to cabin cruiser
General characteristics
Class and type: Liverpool-class
Length: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m) overall
Beam: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Draught: 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m)
Installed power: Single Weyburn AE6 Diesel engine of 35 bhp (26 kW)


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

Date Casualty Lives Saved
20 MarchMotor vessel FOSNA of Bergen, landed a sick man
9 OctoberRNLB H F BAILEY of Cromer, gave help landing 29 saved from SS Mount Ida
12–13 OctoberSteamship LINWOOD of Middlesbrough, saved12
12 DecemberSteamship CORBROOK of London, stood by
13 FebruaryTanker BRITISH TRIUMPH of London, saved two boats
18 NovemberH M Trawler DUNGENESS, gave help
20 NovemberH M Trawler DUNGENESS, gave help
10 DecemberSteamship ROYSTON of Newcastle on Tyne, gave help
11 MarchSteamship KENTON of Newcastle, salvaged gear
1 AprilH M Trawler VALEXA, landed 1
14 AprilH M Trawler MADDEN and TAMORA, took out doctor landed 4 injured men
6 AugustSteamship TAARA of Pärnu, saved8
9 September to 4 NovemberSteamship TEDDINGTON of London, gave help on 6 occasions
4 NovemberH M Trawler, Brought papers ashore
3 DecemberFishing boat MORNING STAR of Cromer, escorted boat
26 OctoberMotor vessel GOLD GNOME of London, stood by and gave help
1 AprilSpeed boat DAY II, landed 2 from steamship DYNAMO
11–12 SeptemberMotor Trawler GEORGE LANGWAY of Fecamp, gave help
26 JanuaryMotor vessel FARNDALE of Middlesbrough, gave help
6 FebruaryTree fishing boats of Cromer and one from Runton, escorted boats
17 JuneMotor vessel GLAMIS of Dundee, landed a sick man
31 MayFisheries Protection vessel HMS CHEERFUL, landed passengers
5 JuneFishing boats MISS CROMER and WHY WORRY of Cromer, escorted boats
15 SeptemberFishing boat WHY WORRY of Cromer, escorted boat
28 SeptemberSteamship MOORWOOD of London, took out doctor
17 DecemberThree fishing boats of Cromer, escorted boats
22 JulyYacht POCOCITA, stood by
16 AprilFishing boat JUNE ROSE of Sheringham, escorted boat
13 JanuaryMotor vessel JURA of Groningen, gave help
15 AugustCrab Fishing boats FRIENDSHIP, BLACK BEAUTY, WILLIAM ROBERT & ENGLISH ROSE of Cromer, escorted boats
15 AprilSteamship 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. Cromer Lifeboats 1804–2004, Leach, Nicholas & Russell, Paul, Pub: Tempus Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7524-3197-8
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