The RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, boasts the UK’s largest collection of historic lifeboats, which together have saved hundreds of lives off the coasts of the UK and RoI. Discover their stories, and those of their fearless crews.
From an 1897 pulling and sailing lifeboat, to the familiar Arun class and Blue Peter inflatable inshore lifeboats, visitors can explore how lifeboats have evolved over the past century. Interactive displays, archive film and audio clips bring to life the moment of a launch, coping with violent seas and how technology has helped create ever safer and faster craft.
The RNLI Historic Lifeboat CollectionThe Historic DockyardChathamKentME4 4TZ
Telephone: 01634 823800
Open every day10am–6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Weekends only 10am–4pm
December and January:
Charges apply (concession, child and family tickets available).
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Visitors can board these craft
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