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Zetland Lifeboat Museum and Redcar Heritage Centre


The Zetland is the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world and is listed within the National

Historic Ship Register as part of the Nations Historic Fleet and was built in 1802 by Henry

Greathead at his South Shields boatyard.


She saw 78 years of service and saved over 500 documented lives from the treacherous

Redcar coast. For many years, lives lost were never recorded.


She has laid in her present boathouse since 1907 and has only been removed twice,

in 1963 she was taken and displayed in Edinburgh where she was the centrepiece of the

International Lifeboat Conference and 2018 to Middlesbrough for the much needed

conservation work.


The Friends of Zetland Lifeboat is a charity, number 1153465, which is made up of a strong crew of Volunteers who are dedicated in conserving her for another 200 years.


If you want to know more, please look through this website, if you would like to make a donation to help conserve the boat and her environment please do so!!  If you would like to be included in the ‘Friends’ group, get involved or just receive progress emails, please contact us.


Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council gave their total support for the Zetland conservation project with help from volunteers, sponsors, funders and the general public by way of supporting our fundraising events.

The Zetland was originally purchased by the Redcar people, for the use of the Redcar people, She remains today, very much a peoples boat and is still the pride and joy of the Redcar folk.


Zetland gave outstanding service ensuring the safety of the Redcar Fishermen, Pilots and other seafarers and we are dedicated to conserving her, not just for the townsfolk but as a significant and historically important vessel recognised the world over.


                        PLEASE HELP IN ANY WAY YOU CAN !

Over 210 years old!


Over 500 Lives Saved!


In service for 78 years!


Location : 54 37’.10 N   001 03’.70 W          

Grid Ref :  NZ 607 251

Visit England Quality Marque

Kindly sponored by John Benson.

Created by Jamie Hooton, ex Community Colleague ASDA Redcar

Maintained by Arthur Smith, Zetland Museum Honorary Curator

New Logo




Daily from 23 March - 29 September.

Weekends 5&6, 12&13, 19&20 in October.

Note: Open daily 28 Oct - 3 Nov


Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

Monday to Friday    11am - 4pm


 Free Entry & Dog Friendly

For group bookings please email

or telephone 07788 855910




Can you spare 2 1/2 hours

during the week or 3 hours

on a weekend?


No experience necessary

just a friendly smile.


Don't worry you'll work

with experienced volunteers

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