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Tyne Class Lifeboats

The Tyne class lifeboat was the first introduced in 1982 and was the RNLi's first 'fast' slipway launch lifeboat. The Tyne class can also lie afloat. Features Include a low-profile wheelhouse and a separate cabin behind the upper steering position. The propellers are protected by substantial bilge keels. 

The Tyne class is self-righting, aided by twin automatically inflating bags on the aft cabin roof. The masts and aerials can be lowered when working with helicopters and to fit into a boathouse. The Tyne carries an X boat, a small unpowered and manually launched inflatable daughter boat, to access areas where the all-weather lifeboat cannot reach.

The last Tyne was built in 1990 and the class was replaced by the Tamar and Shannon class lifeboats. Many of the retired Tyne class lifeboats have now been sold to other rescue organisations across the world. 

Wicklow lifeboat station had the honor of being the last RNLI station with a Tyne class lifeboat in service. 47-035 Annie Blaker stood down from service on April 7th 2019. This lifeboat has been the busiest all-weather lifeboat in the history of the station, being involved in over 340 services, rescuing over 400 people. 

Tyne Class Facts 

Introduced: 1982 (Last built 1990)

Length: 14.3m

Width: 4.4m

Load: 27 tonnes

Launch Type: Slipway or afloat

Fuel Capacity: 2,180 litres

Crew: 6

Range: 240 nautical miles

Max Speed: 18 Knots

Engines: 2 x GM6V92 marine diesel; 425hp each at 2,300rpm or 2 x GM6V92 DDec; 525hp each at 2,300rpm

O.N.

Op. No.

Name

Year Built

Service History

Notes

1074

47-001

City of London

1982

 Selsey 1983 to 2006 

(1)

1075

47-002

Sam and Joan Woods

1984

 Relief 1984 to 1993

Walton & Frinton 1993 to 1996

Relief 1996 to 2006

(1)

1094

47-003

James Burrough

1984

Padstow 1984 to 2006

(1)

1095

47-004

St. Cybi II (Civil Service No. 40)

1985

Holyhead 1985 to 1997

Relief 1997 to 2007

(1)

1096

47-005

Ethel Anne Measures

1985

The Mumbles 1985 to 2006

Relief 2006 to 2007

(1)

1097

47-006

Ruby and Arthur Reed

1985

 Cromer 1985 to 1996

Relief 1996 to 1999

Cromer 1999 to 2007

Relief 2007 to 2008

(1)

1109

47-007

City of Edinburgh

1985

Fraserburgh 1985 to 2002

Relief 2002 to 2008 

(2)

1110

47-008

Phil Mead

1986

Teesmouth 1986 to 2006

Relief 2006 to 2008

(1)

1111

47-009

William Luckin

1986

Arranmore 1986 to 2000

Lough Swilly 2001 to 2007

(1)

1112

47-010

RFA Sir Galahad

1986

Tenby 1986 to 2006

Relief 2006 to 2009


1114

47-011

The Lady Rank

1987

Angle 1987 to 2008

Relief 2008

(2)

1115

47-012

Good Shepherd

1987

Relief 1987 to 2000

Lough Swilly 2000 to 2001

Relief 2001 to 2011


1116

47-013

Robert and Violet

1987

Moelfre 1988 to 2013

Lough Swilly 2013 to 2015


1117

47-014

James Bibby


Barrow 1986 to 2008

Relief 2008 to 2010


1120

47-015

Hetty Rampton

1987

Porthdinllaen 1987 to 2012

Relief 2012 to 2015


1121

47-016

Norman Salvesen

1988

 Wick 1988 to 1997

Sennen Cove 1998 to 2009

Relief 2009 to 2014


1122

47-017

Owen and Ann Aisher

1988

Relief 1988 to 2012


1126

47-018

Max Aitken III

1987

Bembridge 1987 to 2009

Relief 2009 to 2013

(3)

1127

47-019

Babs and Agnes Robertson

1988

Peterhead 1988 to 2006

The Mumbles 2006 to 2013


1132

47-020

Spirit of Lowestoft

1987

Lowestoft 1987 to 2014

Relief 2014 to 2019

(4)

1133

47-021

The Famous Grouse

1987

Relief 1987 to 2004

Kilmore Quay 2004 to 2010

Relief 2010 to 2012

(5)

1130

47-022

The Baltic Exchange II

1988

Salcombe 1988 to 2010

(6)

1131

47-023

City of Sheffield

1988

Whitby 1988 to 1996

Relief 1996 to 1997

Hartlepool 1997 to 2000

Poole 2001 to 2016

(7)

1137

47-024

Hilda Jarret

1988

Baltimore 1988 to 2012

Relief 2012 to 2014


1138

47-025

Lord Saltoun

1988

Longhope 1988 to 1999

Relief 1999 to 2012 


1139

47-026

Garside

1988

St Davids 1988 to 2016

(8)

1140

47-027

George Gibson

1988

Appledore 1998 to 2010

Relief 2010 to 2011


1141

47-028

Sir John Fisher

1989

Relief 1989 to 1992

Workington 1992 to 2017


1142

47-029

Mariners Friend

1989

Relief 1989 to 2007

Lough Swilly 2007 to 2012

Relief 2012 to 2013


1145

47-030

David Robinson

1988

The Lizard 1989 to 2011

Relief 2011 to 2016


1146

47-031

Voluntary Worker

1988

Lytham St Annes 1988 to 1990

Relief 1990 to 2005

Selsey 2005 to 2017

(9)

1147

47-032

Sir William Hillary

1988

Douglas 1988 to 2018


1151

47-033

Mary Irene Millar

1989

Portpatrick 1989 to 2011

Relief 2011 to 2013


1152

47-034

Moonbeam

1989

Montrose 1989 to 2015

Relief 2015 to 2016


1153

47-035

Annie Blaker

1989

Wicklow 89 to 07/04/19

(10)

1154

47-036

Kenneth Thelwall II

1989

Ramsgate 1989 to 1995

Walton & Frinton 1996 to 2011


1155

47-037

Sarah Emily Harrop

1989

Lytham St Annes 1989 to 1998

Relief 1998 to 2007

Calshot 2007 to 2010


1156

47-038

William Street

1989

Fleetwood 1989 to 2016


1157

47-039

Alexander Coutanche

1989

St Helier 1989 to 2009

Relief 2009 to 2010

Calshot 2010 to 2012

Lough Swilly 2012 to 2013

Relief 2013 to 2014


1158

47-040

Hermione Lady Colwyn

1990

Shoreham Harbour 1990 to 2010


Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.

Notes

(1) Sold to CRSB China for further service

(2) Sold to ADES Uruguay for further service

(3) Sold to private buyer after RNLI service. In 2018 sold to the Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA) to provide an independent lifeboat service at St Helier

(4) Now at the RNLI Museum, Chatham

(5) Sold to the Canadian Lifeboat Institution for further service

(6) Sold to the Seychelles Coast Guard

(7) On display at the National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

(8) Retained on station at St Davids alongside the new Tamar Class lifeboat until completion of the new boathouse in October 2016

(9) Due to go to museum at Lytham St Annes

(10) Last Tyne class lifeboat on station. Replaced by relief Shannon Class lifeboat on 07/04/19

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

Farewell to the Tyne Class

On Friday, April 7th 2019 the last Tyne Class lifeboat in service with the RNLI stood down from service as relief Shannon Class 13-01 'Jock & Annie Slater' went on station. 

47035 'RNLB Annie Blaker' had served as Wicklow Lifeboat for over 30 years. During her time at Wicklow the 'Annie' has launched countless times saving many lives. She was a credit to her crew who looked after her so well over the last three decades. Photo: Tommy Dover

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