The Zetland is the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world and is listed within the National Historic Ship Register as part of the Nations Historic Fleet and was built in 1802. She saw 78 years of service and saved over 500 lives from the treacherous Redcar coast.
With free admission, it is well worth a visit to view the many artefacts within the museum representing local heritage and maritime history. The ground floor houses Zetland herself, together with her famous call-out drum and there is also several displays including one showing lifeboats through their different eras of development. Upstairs in the Laurie Picknett Gallery is an extensive collection of photographs, postcards and memorabilia relating to Redcar and its characters, dating back to the 1800’s.
Also on this floor is a replica fisherman’s cottage of the early 1900’s and on both floors are audio-visual displays and a small selection of short films.
60 The Esplande Redcar TS10 3AH