The final launch took place this afternoon (Sunday 28 April) in front of a huge crowd, which lined the pier at Wicklow. The station was joined by Dun Laoghaire and Arklow RNLI who made the journey to join a flotilla of local boats which led Annie Blaker out of the harbour and on to her final voyage.
The Tyne class lifeboat has been retired by the RNLI as it has been replaced by faster classes of lifeboats capable of up to 25 knots; the Tyne class could reach 18 knots at full speed. The Tyne all-weather lifeboat was the first fast slipway-launched lifeboat in the Institution.
The lifeboat station opened early in the morning for the public to come down and look around the historic lifeboat before she left. At 1.30pm to the sound of loud applause, John Sillery, Head Launcher with Wicklow RNLI, struck the pin which released the lifeboat down the slipway and out onto the water. Onboard the lifeboat were Coxswain Nick Keogh and Station Mechanic Brendan Copeland along with volunteer lifeboat crew picked from the station for the special voyage.