Cyril and Lilian Bishop

Cyril and Lilian Bishop Lifeboat

BOOK TITLE - Diary of ‘Cyril and Lilian Bishop’ Hastings RNLI Lifeboat 1931-1950 – ‘The Ghost of Dunkirk’

The cost of this lifeboat was met from a £20,000 legacy left to the RNLI in the Will of Sarah Frances Constance Lilian Philpott in 1931. It was named after her and her first husband Cyril Duvall Bishop. The keel was laid down at J. S. White & Co. Shipbuilders, Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1930 and became the Hastings lifeboat the following year. It was stationed there until 1950 when it was sold to an Essex marine company. Over the following years it was sold a number of times becoming a fishing boat and a cruiser-sailer travelling around Scotland and Norway. This Dairy charts these times, its experiences during World War II and the final journey back to Hastings where it was restored and put on permanent display in 2017.
A donation from every Diary sold will be made to the Macbean and Bishop Trust, who maintain both this and another lifeboat, Priscilla Macbean.
Paperback 21cm x 29.5cm
40 pages
60 photographs and illustrations
ISBN ISBN: 978-0-9568669-6-7
£6.00 excl. p.p. (please contact us for postage details)