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Zetland Museum

5 King Street
TS10 3DT

Zetland - The Oldest Lifeboat in the World. The Zetland was built in 1802 by Henry Greathead. In the same year, the fishermen of Redcar raised £200 to bring the lifeboat to the fishing village, as it was then. She was christened Zetland in honour of the Lord of the Manor, and remained in service until 1880, saving over 500 lives. The lifeboat was housed on what is now Granville Terrace, and was launched from a wooden carriage pulled by horses. She was crewed by volunteers, mainly Redcar fishermen, who were alerted by a boy beating a drum to the rhythm 'Come Along Brave Boys, Come Along'.

The Museum

The groundfloor of the boathouse houses the Zetland and a display of photographs, models and other exhibits associated with history of sea-rescue in the North of England. Upstairs is a display of lifesaving equipment, past and present, and a reconstruction of a fisherman's cottage. Also upstairs are collections of photographs and postcards of old Redcar, model ships and Redcar crested china. There is a small souvenir shop to raise funds for the RNLI.

Disabled access to groundfloor only.

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Zetland Museum Postcode for SatNav: TS10 3DT


+44 (0)1642 494 311

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