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Lifeboatman's watches auctioned

The two watches
The two watches were bought by the lifeboat museum for 2,300

Gold watches belonging to a legendary Norfolk lifeboatman who saved 900 lives during his 53 years of service have been auctioned.

The two watches belonging to Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg were bought by the lifeboat museum devoted to his memory for 2,300.

A handcrafted book, presented to him on his retirement, fetched 1,800.

The watches, auctioned at Keys, Aylsham, were given to Henry Blogg in 1927 after a difficult sea rescue.

'Extra special'

Jacqui Palmer, from Keys Auctioneers, said: "The Cromer crew spent 28 hours battling gale force winds and cold conditions to rescue 15 men left in half a ship on the Haisborough Sands.

"The extra special thing about the watches is that one of them was actually given by local people to Henry.

"He received a gold watch, and the rest of the crew received silver watches."

Jacqui Palmer said a local appeal to raise money to buy the memorabilia raised 7,000.

"I was quite confident that I would be able to come away with what we were looking for," she said.

"I was overwhelmed with the response for the appeal. We had children coming in with their pocket money."

Henry Blogg was the most decorated member of the RNLI. He won the George Cross and the British Empire Medal and seven lifeboat medals.

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