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Housed in an 1848 covered slip, the Lifeboat Gallery contains 17 historic boats, many of which earned their Coxswains RNLI bravery medals. 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 to make ever better, safer boats.

RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection
Lifeboat! The Historic Dockyard
ME4 4TZ Chatham

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History & Anthropology Science & Technology



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Opening hours

February–31 October

Weekends only


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Adults £25.00
Reduced £22.50
Children £15.00
Family £66.00

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Lifeboat! The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, England


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