The Howard D – Jersey’s first motorised lifeboat

Thomas Benjamin Davis was a self-made millionaire who gave this lifeboat to Jersey in memory of his youngest son Howard, who was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and who later died of his wounds.

Davis was the son of a humble ship’s carpenter. He made his fortune in stevedoring, wharfing and lighterage in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century. The boat was one of many gifts made to the island of his birth, by the philanthropist Thomas Davis.

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