Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Severn Class Lifeboats  

Developed in the early 1990s, the Severn class was introduced into the fleet in 1995 and is designed to lie afloat, either at deep-water moorings or at a berth. The severn class is currently the largest in the RNLI fleet. 


The Severn has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery. She is inherently self-righting and should it be knocked over in extreme weather, it will automatically right itself within a few seconds.


Her 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.


In addition to her twin engines, the Severn is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability.


The Severn carries a small Y boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat complete with a 15hp outboard engine. This small craft can be launched with a crane and is used in moderate conditions to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach.


The Severn Class are currently in the process of being re-engined with MTU diesel engines which is part of a refurbishment programme to extend the operational life of the class to fifty years. 

Severn Class Facts  

Introduced: 1995 (Last built 2004)

Length: 17.3m

Width: 5.9m

Load: 42 tonnes

Launch Type: Afloat

Fuel Capacity: 5,600 litres

Crew: 7

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3412 TA marine diesel; 1,250hp each at 2,300hp or 2 x MTU M94 Diesel Engine 1,600hp each at 2450rpm

O.N.
 Op. No.
 Name
 Year Built
 Station
1217
17-06
 David Kirkaldy
1996 
Aran Islands 06/06/97 to date 
1218
17-07
 John and Margaret Doig
1996 
 Valentia 29/11/96 to date
1235
17-15
 Bryan and Gordon
1998
 Ballyglass 14/08/98 to date
1244
17-22
 Myrte Maud
1999
 Arranmore 22/01/00 to date
1257
17-30 
 William Gordon Burr
2001 
 Portrush 04/04/08 to date
1276
17-43
 Donald & Barbara Broadhead
2004
 Rosslare Harbour 09/07/04 to date
1277
17-44
 Annette Hutton
2004
 Castletownbere 12/08/04 to date