Elizabeth Austin RNLI Lifeboat - ON547

Running a wreck diver course?

Looking for something with a bit of history to explore without going out to sea?

Thanks to an extensive study by Brian Minehane we now have an historic shipwreck of our own.

The Elizabeth Austin Lifeboat was built in 1905 by the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company. She was built for £846 11s and 4p (Approx £48,549.64 if built in 2005) through a legacy left by Ms Sarah Austin from Tottenham.

Her official number was ON-547 and she is a standard design self righter, pulling lifeboat measuring 35 feet in length with a beam of 8 feet 6 inches.

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She was crewed by 13 men with 10 oars. Thomas Bowen, the coxswain of The Elizabeth Austin, was awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry after the rescue of the crew of The Conservator in 1919.

Brian has submitted the Elizabeth Austin into the National Historic Ships UK Register as they are running a photo competition for 2015. This means if she is accepted any photos you have of her can be entered into the competition - http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ 

As part of his studies Brian has produced a book with a lot more information about the history of the amazing wreck. Feel free to have a read next time your at the dive centre.