Henry Blogg was awarded the George Cross and the British Empire Medal
A fishing boat belonging to a legendary Norfolk lifeboatman who saved 873 lives during his 53 years of service could be restored to its former glory.
Local historians in Cromer want to raise £20,000 to renovate Henry Blogg's boat "Q J and J", after it was found rotting near Maldon, Essex.
Mr Blogg, a Cromer fisherman, served on Cromer lifeboats between 1894 and 1947.
As Britain's most decorated lifeboatman he was awarded both the George Cross and the British Empire Medal.
Mr Blogg, who lived between 1876 and 1954, also received three RNLI Gold Medals for Gallantry and four RNLI Silver Medals for Gallantry.
Records show that the Cromer lifeboat launched 387 times and saved 873 lives during Mr Blogg's service. The RNLI says his record is unequalled.
It is hoped the boat can be renovated and put on display
Mr Blogg owned the fishing boat, found in a creek in the River Blackwater estuary, between 1931 and 1937.
Tony Rogers, who is heading the restoration project, said the vessel was found rotting near Maldon a few years ago.
Mr Rogers said he hoped it could be renovated and put on display in Cromer, home of the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum.
The museum bought two gold watches belonging to coxswain Mr Blogg for £2,300 at an auction in April.