22' steel lifeboat manufactured by Welin Davit & Boat Company in 1952. A davit is a machine used to hold and lower lifeboats on and off a ship. Welin davits were popularized after the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, upon which Welin Davits and Lifeboats were used.
This lifeboat has an all steel hull. 2 weathered wooden seats remain on the boat. There are 4 pairs of brackets where other boards can be mounted for seating. The outside of the hull is painted white, while the inside is painted bright orange with chipping paint, revealing the metal below. A mechanism used to disconnect and connect the boat from a davit is fixed to the floor and spans the length of the boat. This boat has a capacity of 31 persons. Currently, the hull has a few rust holes that will need repair before this vessel will float.
Commonly, these lifeboats are repaired, refurbished, and converted into sailing vessels.
This boat was acquired from a family farm with a rich historic background in Yorktown, Virginia. Initially a settlement for the Native American Kiskiack Tribe until the 1600's when Poquoson Parish was founded, later known as Charles Parish. Items from this job are featured on Season 9, Episode 12, of the DIY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs".
Weight: 1620 lbs.
Item Measurements: 273.5(L) x 91.5(W) x 56.8(H)
As seen on Season 9, Episode 12.