Model of Lifeboat "Christopher Brown"
Lot 312
An exceptional presentation model of the sailing and pulling Lifeboat "Christopher Brown" 33x12x11.5in(84x30x29cm) 3
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 11,093) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An exceptional presentation model of the sailing and pulling Lifeboat "Christopher Brown"
hull from solid timber, in the RNLI livery of red/white/blue, with bow badge, bilge keels and gunwale manropes. White turtle-back decks fore and aft, pulling thwarts with brass crutches, floorboards with stretchers. Equipment includes oars, mast, spars and sails, rudder and yoke, life ring and sampson posts. Mounted on brass pillars in a period display case, and a silver dedication plaque with carrick bend rope border inscribed "Model of the Lifeboat Christopher Brown stationed at Penmon Anglesey under the management of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution presented to Christopher Brown Esq. in acknowledgement of his valuable contribution 1868". Together with a presentation address to Christopher Brown and a photograph of the lifeboat on the slipway at Penmon. 33x12x11.5in(84x30x29cm) (3)


  • Following a serious shipwreck in 1831, a lifeboat station was established at Penmon by the Anglesey Lifesaving Association. This was taken over the the RNLI in 1857. In 1868, after the lifeboat was capsized during the rescue of the crew from the brig "Jabez" of Scarborough, the lifeboat men petitioned the RNLI for a new boat. They were given a new 30ft self-righting lifeboat, built at a cost £251, the money being raised by the Settle branch of the RNLI. Christopher Brown played a major part in raising the money and the new lifeboat was named in his honour. It was taken out of service in 1880 after a successful career.