Cromer RNLI - About Us
Welcome to the web site for Cromer lifeboat station. This is the site run from the station itself, at the all-weather lifeboat's boathouse built on the end of Cromer's Victorian pier.
There are many aspects to the running of a lifeboat station. All RNLI stations around the British Isles are organised from Lifeboat Institution headquarters at Poole in Dorset, but they all have an individual identity, reflecting their own character, community and coastline.
In Cromer there are two boathouses, one as we've mentioned for the All-Weather Lifeboat Lester on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. You'll find more about the history of the station in other places on this site.
Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.
The sea hasn't changed, recent gales exhibit the same ferocity as ever, but the technological skills of the lifeboat crews have had to develop to deal with a wider range of types of vessel, from the smallest wind-kite to the largest of ocean cruisers.
Likewise the support of the community, through bodies such as the Ladies Lifeboat Guild, remains as vital as ever but also needs to develop in our world of social media and instance information.
On this site you'll be able to access material provided by a variety from the lifeboat team in Cromer. You'll find pages from crew members, including the shore crew who compliment the sea-going team, the Ladies' Guild, the Visits team, the Heritage team - providing, we hope, something to meet all interests.
If you see someone in difficulty at sea phone ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.