The Isle of Wight Historic Lifeboat Trust


Built 1887 - Restored 1998
Stationed at Bembridge, Isle of Wight 1887 - 1902
More funds are urgently needed to re-equip the "Queen Victoria" with sails and other ancillary equipment, and also to continue major restoration work on the remaining lifeboats. The RNLB "Langham" 1922 - 39, (the first motorised lifeboat at Bembridge) is now undergoing restoration, and the ex-Ryde pulling and sailing lifeboat "Selina" (1905) is next in line.

The Isle of Wight Historic Lifeboat Trust, a registered charity, was formed to own the lifeboats, manage their display for the educational benefit of all, and to organise the very necessary fund raising.

Our new Lifeboat Museum has now been added to the Maritime and Shipwreck Museum on the Isle of Wight, and the "Queen Victoria" lifeboat is now permanently housed there amongst other lifeboat memorabilia. Our restoration of the "Langham" lifeboat (1922) is now nearly completed, and she has been moved to join "Queen Victoria" at the new museum.

The museum collections are now at Arreton Barns Craft Village on the Isle of Wight, having been expanded and relocated there after being previously at Bembridge from 1978 to 2006.

The Trust is still actively seeking funds to continue these important restoration projects, and any help or advice would be much appreciated.

 RNLB Langham undergoing restoration
   RNLB Langham restoration nearing completion