One of the most famous of Southwold’s many lifeboats is the Alfred Corry. The boat’s name is believed to be that of an RNLI benefactor. She cost £490 - 7s - 4d to build from wood in 1893, with a further sum of, perhaps, £100-£150 provided by the RNLI for associated equipment. She remained in service until 1918.
The Alfred Corry under sail in the early years of the Twentieth Century
After being decommissioned, the boat went by a number of new names and was eventually abandoned in the mud at Maldon. But in the 1970s, John Cragie discovered and restored the boat for cruising. (The short snippet of film, below, shows John and Doreen Cragie sailing the Alfred Corry out of Southwold Harbour in about 1979.) Fittingly, Cragie is the great grandson of the Corry’s first coxswain.
The Alfred Corry has its own website which you can visit here. You may wish to expand this window to view it comfortably.