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Irish Lifeboats

Trent Class Lifeboats  

Developed by the RNLI in the early 1990s, the first Trent class lifeboat was introduced in 1994, with a maximum speed of 25 knots, propeller protection and a range of 250 nautical miles.

The Trent class lifeboat was one of the first ‘hard chine’ hull design for the RNLI. The Trent has the same geometric hull shape as the Severn class and has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery.

In the Trent, the engine room is aft but space limitations led to a novel approach in which one of the twin MAN diesel engines is turned around, driving the propeller in a conventional manner, while the other works through a 'V' drive.

The propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with the two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water.

The Trent class carries a small XP boat, an inflatable daughter boat with a 5hp outboard engine capable of 6 knots. This small craft is used to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach. 

Trent Class Facts   

Introduced: 1994 (Last built 2003)

Length: 14.3m

Width: 4.9m

Load: 28 tonnes

Launch Type: Afloat

Fuel Capacity: 4,180 litres

Crew:

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

Engines: 2 x MAN 2840 marine diesel; 850hp each at 2,300hp

O.N.

Op. No.

Name

Year Built

Service History

Notes 

1180

14-01

Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma 

1991

Trials 1991 to 1994

Alderney 1994 to 1995

Relief/Training 1995 to 2019


1197

14-02

Esme Anderson

1994

Ramsgate 1994 to date


1198

14-03

Blue Peter VII

1994

Fishguard 1994 to date


1199

14-04

Roy Barker I

1995

Alderney 1995 to date


1200

14-05

Anna Livia

1995

Dun Loaghaire 29/06/95 to date


1204

14-06

Windsor Runner (Civil Service No. 42)

1995

Blyth 1995 to 2004

Relief 2004 to date


1205

14-07

Frederick Storey Cockburn

1995

Courtmacsherry Harbour 18/09/95 to date


1206

14-08

Douglas Aikman Smith

1995

Invergordon 1996 to 2021

Relief 2021 to date


1207

14-09

Sir Ronald Petchell Bt.

1995

Dunbar 1995 to 2008

(1)

1208

14-10

Samarbeta

1995

Great Yarmouth & Gorleston 1995 to date


1209

14-11

Barclaycard Crusader

1996

Eyemouth 1996 to 2019

Relief 2019 to date


1210

14-12

Forward Birmingham

1996

Exmouth 1996 to 2008

Relief 2009 to date


1211

14-13

George and Ivy Swanson

1996

Sheerness 1996 to date

(A)

1212

14-14

George and Mary Webb

1996

Whitby 1996 to date


1213

14-15

Henry Heys Duckworth

1996

Relief 1996 to 2016

Red Bay 28/01/16 to 15/09/19

Relief 2019 to date

(2)

1214

14-16

Stanley Watson Barker

1996

Portree 1996 to date


1215

14-17

Elizabeth and Ronald

1996

Dunmore East 07/10/96 to date

(A)

1222

14-18

Maurice and Joyce Hardy

1996

Fowey 1996 to date


1223

14-19

Ger Tigchelaar

1996

Arklow 19/02/97 to date


1224

14-20

Roy Barker II

1997

Wick 1997 to date


1225

14-21

MacQuarie

1997

Sunderland 1997 to 2004

Relief 2004 to date


1226

14-22

Edward Duke of Windsor

1997

Relief 1997 to date


1227

14-23

Mora Edith MacDonald

1997

Oban 1997 to date


1228

14-24

Dora Foster McDougall

1997

Relief 1997 to date


1233

14-25

Austin Lidbury

1998

Ballycotton 05/03/98 to date


1234

14-26 

Gough Ritchie II

1998

Port St Mary 1998 to date


1239

14-27

Robert Hywell Jones Williams

1999

Fenit 28/02/99 to date


1240

14-28

Sam and Ada Moody

1999

Achill Island 28/04/99 to date


1245

14-29

Inner Wheel II

2000

Relief 2000 to 2006

Barry Dock 2006 to date


1246

14-30

Dr John Mc Sparran

2000

Larne 03/08/00 to date


1252

14-31

Elizabeth of Glamis

2001

Broughty Ferry


1253

14-32

Corinne Whiteley

2001

Relief 09/05/01 to 15/09/19

Red Bay 15/09/19 to date

(2)

1258

14-33

Roy Barker III

2001

Howth 16/03/02 to date


1259

14-34

Willie & May Gall

2002

Fraserburgh 2002 to date


1266

14-35

John Neville Taylor

2002

Relief 2002 to 2008

Dunbar 2008 to date


1267

14-36

Saxon

2003

Donaghadee 17/04/03 to date


1274

14-37

Betty Huntbatch

2003

Relief 2003 to 2004

Hartlepool 2003 to date


1275

14-38

Jim Moffat

2004

Troon 2004 to date


Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN are/were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.

Notes

(1) Damaged beyond repair March 2008

(2) On a Two year evaluation at Red Bay

(A) Due to be replaced by a Shannon class lifeboat in 2021

O.N. is the RNLI's Official Number of the boat

Op.No. is the RNLI's Operational Number of the boat carried on the hull

Last Updated 18/02/21

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XP Class Lifeboats

The XP class lifeboat is a class of small inflatable boat operated by the RNLI of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

XP-34 on a training exercise at Arklow. Photo Pat Nolan

The XP-class lifeboat, based on the commercially available Avon Rover 280 is mainly used as a small tender carried on board the RNLI All-Weather lifeboats.

The XP-class carries a crew of one or two, and is normally found carried on board the Trent class lifeboat. It is used primarily for assisting in cliff incidents where the casualty is near the water, and where rocks prevent the All-Weather Lifeboat from getting near the base of the cliff.

The XP along with a D-class (IB1) was also in use at South Broads Lifeboat Station on The Broads in Suffolk, one of the few RNLI inland waterways lifeboat stations until it closed in 2011, and at Teignmouth Lifeboat Station in Devon, where it is deployed from the larger B-class (Atlantic 85) lifeboat.

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