Boat Type: R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Boat Length: 45ft 6ins Boat Beam: 12ft 6ins Boat Draft: 4ft 6ins Boat Displacement: 25 tons Boat Engine: 2x Ford 4D 72hp Diesels Boat Construction: Carvel Boat Builder: J S White, Cowes IoW Boat Year: 1929 Reportedly towed to Dunkirk by the tug Foremost 87 on 2nd June, 1940 along with Thomas Kirk Wright. This Newhaven lifeboat saved 51 soldiers at Dunkirk and has listed A/B W.J. Morris, Coxwain as part of the crew. The mission nearly ended in disaster when she was left high and dry for 4 hours before returning on 3rd June, arriving at Dover at 0845 hrs. Cecil & Lilian Philpott was in service at Newhaven from 1930 to 1959; apart from Dunkirk she was launched 159 times and saved 99 lives. In November 1940 she was rammed and nearly cut in half by HM trawler Avanturine, but she survived. Later she served in the RNLI's reserve fleet at various lifeboat stations around the coast increasing her score with a further 76 incidents, and saving 49 more lives.