The number that is printed onto that lifeboat is the 137. By now there is a 156 somewhere out there. That many lifeboats - Redningsskøyte - are in service in and around Norway. Every single one has saved the lives of hundreds of people - respectively their standing and the devotion to them is quite high.
Are explains their history to me while we are taking a stroll through the harbour of Bergen. Its raining - obviously - but that takes nothing of its appeal away. Somewhere the Gorch Fock is anchored, the fish market is lit quite colourful and Bryggen - crazily angled and tilted former trading stations that now are being used as shops, restaurants and tourist traps - is even more obscure at night time. You can see to the left edge of the image.