The ‘Alfred Corry’ was Southwold’s lifeboat and was dedicated on Easter Monday 3rd April 1893.
Alfred Corry served as the town of Southwold’s lifeboat for 25 years, between 1893 and 1918. Of the Norfolk and Suffolk type, and 44 feet in length, the Alfred Corry was launched 41 times and saved 47 lives during its 25 years in service. In 1919, the Alfred Corry was sold and converted to a yacht, based out of Lowestoft. The boat was renamed Alba and an engine was added in 1921.
In 1976, the boat was bought by the great-grandson of the first coxswain and restored as a seaworthy yacht under the original name. In 1994 the Alfred Corry was presented to the newly-formed Alfred Corry Charitable Trust, and restoration to its original state began. Inside the museum, this restoration work continues and you can view displays which show the progress in returning the boat to its former glory.