A famous lifeboat that has saved hundreds of lives will be arriving in Burnham today. 

The renowned Guernsey Hero – or Sir William Arnold - is one of the most famous and iconic lifeboats in the history of the RNLI.

The second Arun class to be built in 1973, she served all her time at St Peter Port, Guernsey retiring in 1997 with an impressive record of 223 lives saved and 15 gallantry medals awarded to her coxswain and crews.

Purchased in Autumn 2019 she’s been lovingly restored back to how she would have looked in service by her owner and skipper Colin Trowles. 

She will ultimately be used as a floating Lifeboat Education and Experience centre permanently moored in St. Katharine’s Docks London.

She will leave Heybridge Basin Lock at around midday today and head for Burnham where she will stay for two nights.

The boat will depart on the morning of June 12 and head for Gravesend passing Southend Pier on the way.

The lifeboat will then head up to St Katharine Dock on the flood tide on Sunday arriving at St Katharine Dock around 5pm.

Come down to the Marina on Thursday / Friday and have a look, she is impressive.