Chris Shepherd

Role: Mechanic
Profession: RNLI Mechanic (Fulltime)
Years RNLI Service: Since 2018
Interests: Football, athletics, socialising
Why did I volunteer?: 
This is my full-time role. Previously, I was serving on submarines for 8 years. Being the full-time mechanic here is similar to the navy, but a bit closer to home!



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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one 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.