Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

B Class (Atlantic 85) Lifeboats

The Atlantic 85 is the third generation of RNLI B-class Atlantic inshore lifeboats that served the shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the RNLI fleet.


The hull is made from a carbon fibre and foam core laminate that minimises the internal structure whilst maintaining overall stiffness. The foam is a very tough material that has the ability to absorb and recover from high impact loads such as pounding through waves at speed. 


With a crew of four, and two inversion-proof 115hp petrol engines, the lifeboat is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots, and is fitted with a manually operated righting system which, combined with inversion proofed engines, allows the boat to remain operational even after capsize.

Atlantic 85 Facts 

Introduced: 2005

Length: 8.44m

Width: 2.85m

Load: 1.8 tonnes

Launch Type: Carriage, davit or floating baothouse

Fuel Capacity: 210 litres

Crew: 4

Range: 2.5 hours at maxium speed

Engines: 2 x Yamaha 4-stroke at 115hp each

The table below is a list of Atlantic 85 lifeboats serving RNLI stations north and south of Ireland.

Number
Name
Year Built
Station
B-805
Jessie Hillyard
2006
Bangor 06 to date
B-812
Frank William Walton
2006
Kilkeel 29/11/06 to date
B-819
Minnie and Ernest George Barry
2007
Lough Swilly 25/07/07 to date
B-833
Blue Peter V
2009
Portaferry 07/09/09 to date
B-834
William Henry Liddington
2009
Bundoran 29/07/09 to date
B-843
Geofrey Charles
2010
Red Bay 29/07/10 to date
B-844
Edith Louise Eastwick
2010
Kilrush 19/08/10 to date
B-853
Binny
2011
Galway 05/10/11 to date
B-866
Louis Simson
2013
Skerries 28/02/13 to date
B-869
Joyce King
2013
Clifden 26/06/13 to date
B-874
Robert Armstrong
2014
Helvick Head 26/08/14 to date
B-888
Sheila & Dennis Tongue
2015 
Sligo Bay 19/11/15 to date
B-890
Gordon and Phil 
2016
Youghal 11/04/16 to date
B-892
John and Janet
2016
Crosshaven 23/06/16 to date
B-904
Douglas Euen and Kay Richards
2017
Enniskillen (Upper) 07/11/17 to date
B-909
Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here
2018
Kinsale 02/08/18 to date 
B-910
Rita Daphne Smyth
2018
Baltimore 12/09/18 to date
B-911
Jane Spier
2018
Lough Derg 12/11/18 to date
B-912 
John and Jean Lewis 
2018
Enniskillen 29/11/18 to date 
B-920
Tara Scougall
2019
Lough Ree 12/11/19  to date
B-924
Christine and Raymond Fielding
 
Union Hall due 2020 

Lifeboats listed in YELLOW are under construction. Lifeboats listed in WHITE are in service.

Note: Table below will contain details of all Atlantic 85 production craft. This a work in progress. Any further information will be welcomed.
Number
Name 
Built
Service History
Notes
B-800
 
2003
Trials
(1)
B-801
The Drayton Manor
2004
Trials 2004 to 2006
Relief 2006
Tower 2006
Relief  2006 to date

 
B-802
Chelsea Flower Show
2005 
Relief 2005 to 2015
Training 2015 to date
B-803
William Hurst
2005
Relief 2005 to date
 
B-804
Lydia Macdonald
2006 
Macduff 2006 to date
 
B-805
Jessie Hillyard
2006
Bangor 2006 to date
B-806
Mudeford Servant
2006
Mudeford 2006 to date 
 
B-807
Mary Lewis
2006
Relief 2006 to 2014
Training 2014 to date
 
B-808
Donald Mclauchlan
2006
Walmar 2006 to date
 
B-809
The Two Annes
2006
Teignmouth 2006 to date
 
B-810
Tabbycat
2006
Relief 2006 to 2008
Cowes 2008 to 2012
Relief 2012 to date

B-811
Hylton Burdon
2007
Cullercoats 2007 to date
 
B-812
Frank William Walton
2006
Kilkeel 29/11/06 to date
 
B-813
Muriel And Leslie
2006
Port Erin 2006 to date
 
B-814
Sheila Stenhouse
2006
Kirkcudbright 2006 to date
 
B-815
Peterborough Beer Festival III
2006
Relief 2006 to date
B-816
David Page
2007
St. Helier 2007 to date
 
B-817
Wolseley
2007
Sunderland 2007 to date
 
B-818
The Oddfellows  
2007
Sheringham 2007 to date
 
B-819
George and Barry Ernest
2007
Lough Swilly 2007 to date
 
B-820
Elizabeth Jane Palmer
2007
Flamborough 2007 to date
B-821
Gladys Mildred
2007
Newquay 2007 to date
 
B-822
Spirit of Friendship
2007
Aberystwyth 2007 to date
 
B-823
Doris Joan
2007
Criccieth 2007 to date
 
B-824 
Richard and Elizabeth Deaves
2007
Minehead 2007 to date
 
B-825
Norma Ethel Vinall
2008
Relief 2008 to date
 
B-826
Sgt. Bob Martin (Civil Service No. 50)
2008
Poole 2008 to date
 
B-827
Olive Laura Deare II
2008
Gravesend 2008 to date
 
B-828
Elaine and Don Wilkinson
2008
Silloth 2008 to date
 
B-829 
Derrick Battle  
2008
Hayling Island 2009 to date
 
B-830
Douglas Murray
2008
Relief 2008 to date
B-831
Joy Morris MBE
2009
St. Bees 2009 to date
 
B-832
Rose of the Shires
2009
Portcawl 2009 to date
 
B-833
Blue Peter V
2009
Portaferry 2009 to date
 
B-834
William Henry Liddington
2009
Bundoran 2009 to date
 
B-835 
Martin Harvey
2009
Relief 2009 to date
 
B-836
Tommy Niven
2009
Kinghorn 2009 to date
 
B-837
Charles Dibdin (Civil Service No. 51)
2009
New Brighton 2009 to date
 
B-838
Annette Mary Liddington
2010
Beaumaris 2010 to date
 
B-839
Maureen Lillian
2010
Penarth 2010 to date
 
B-840
Harold Baines
2010
Relief 2010 to date
B-841
Eric W Wilson
2010
St Catherine 2010 to date
 
B-842
Hello Herbie
2010
Rye Harbour 2010 to date
 
B-843
Geoffrey Charles
2010
Red Bay 2010 to date
 
B-844
Edith Louise Eastwick
2010
Kilrush 2010 to date
 
B-845
James Dugdale
2010
Relief 2010 to 2015
Training 2015 to date
 
B-846 
Norma T
2010
Portsmouth 2010 to date
 
B-847
Hereford Endeavour
2010
Trearddur Bay 2010 to date
 
B-848 
Spirit of West Norfolk
2011
Hunstanton 2011 to date
 
B-849
Tony and Robert Britt
2011
Burnham-on-Crouch 2011 to date
 
B-850
Edna May
2011 
Relief 2010 to date
 
Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN are/were based at Irish Lifeboat stations. 
Lifeboats listed in YELLOW require further information. 

Notes

(1) Prototype Atlantic 85 (B-PO2). Thought to have been scrapped.