Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Mersey Class Lifeboats 

The Mersey class lifeboat is designed primarily to operate from a carriage on a beach but can also operate off a slipway or lie afloat.


The wheelhouse is set well aft and the sheerline is flattened towards the bow.


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


The mast and aerials can be collapsed to fit into a boathouse.


The Mersey can carry an X boat, a small unpowered and manually launched inflatable daughter boat for the crew to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach. 


The Mersey class is now in the process of being replaced by the new Shannon Class lifeboat. 

Mersey Class Facts  

Introduced: 1988 (Last built 1993)

Length: 11.62m

Width: 4m

Load: 14.3 tonnes

Launch Type: Carriage, slipway or afloat

Fuel Capacity: 1,110 litres

Crew: 6

Range: 240 nautical miles

Max Speed: 17 Knots

Engines: 2 x Caterpiller 3208T marine diesel; 280hp each at 2,800rpm

O.N.
Op. No. 
Name
Year Built
 Service History
 Notes
1119
12-000
-
1987
Trials 1987 to 1988
(1)
1124  
12-001  
Peggy and Alex Caird
1988
Bridlington 1988 to 1995
Relief 1995 to 2009
Bembridge 2009 to 2010
Relief 2010 to 2015
1125
12-002
Sealink Endeavour
1987
Trials 1987 to 1989
Hastings 1989 to 2018
 
1161
12-003
Doris M Mann of Ampthill
1990
Wells 1990 to date
 
1162
12-004
Royal Shipwright
1990
Relief 1990 to 2007
Cromer 2007 to 2008
Relief 2008 to 2016
 
1163
12-005
Lady of Hilbre
1990
Hoylake 1990 to 2014
Relief 2014 to 2015
 
1164
12-006 
Andy Pearce
1990
Llandudno 1990 to 2017
 
1165
12-007
Spirit of Derbyshire
1990
Ilfracombe 1990 to 2015
1166
12-008
Lincolnshire Poacher
1990
Skegness 1990 to 2017
 
1167
12-009  
The Princess Royal  (Civil Service No. 41)
1990
St Ives 1990 to 2015
Relief 2015 to 2016
 
1168
12-010
Lily and Vincent Anthony
1990
Pwllheli 1991 to date
 
1148
12-11
Lifetime Care
1988
Relief 1989 to 2017
 
1169
12-12
Marine Engineer
1991
Relief 1991 to 1995
Bridlington 1995 to 2017
Douglas 2018 to date
1170
12-13
Keep Fit Association
1991
Filey 1991 to date
 
1171
12-14
Ann and James Ritchie
1991
Ramsey 1991 to date
 
1172
12-15
Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge
1991
New Quay 1992 to date
 
1173
12-16
Grace Darling
1991 
Seahouses 1991 to date
 
1174
12-17
Kingdom of Fife
1991
Anstruther 1991 to date
1175
12-18
Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs
1991
Scarborough 1991 to 2016
Relief 2016 to 2018
 
1176
12-19
The Four Boys
1991
Sennen Cove 1991 to 1998
Relief 1998 to 1999
Amble 1999 to 2016
 
1177
12-20
Leonard Kent
1991
Margate 1991 to date
 
1178
12-21
Margaret Jean
1992
Relief 1992 to 1998 
Lythan St Annes 1998 to 1999
Relief 1999 to 2008
Exmouth 2008 to 2014
Relief 2014 to date
 
1181
12-22
Ruby Clery
1992
Peel 1992 to date
1182
12-23
Robert Charles Brown
1992
Swanage 1992 to 2016
Relief 2016 to 2019
 
1183
12-24  
Lil Cunningham
1992
Rhyl 1992 to date
 
1184
12-25
Bingo Lifeline
1992
Relief 1992 to date
 
1185
12-26
Moira Barrie
1992
Barmouth 1992 to 2019
 
1186
12-27
Pride and Spirit
1992
Dungeness 1992 to 2014
Clifden 2014 to 2016
Relief 2016 to date
 
1187
12-28
Mary Margaret
1992
Kilmore Quay 1992 to 2004
Relief 2004 to date
 
1188
12-29
Eleanor and Bryant Girling
1992
Newcastle 08/09/93 to date
 
1189
12-30
Her Majesty The Queen
1992
Relief 1993 to 1996
Cromer 1996 to 1999
Lytham St Annes 1999 to 2018
Relief 2016 to date
 
1190
12-31
Doris Bleasdale
1992
Clogherhead 03/03/93 to 08/07/19
Relief 2019 to date
 
1191
12-32
Joy and Charles Beeby
1992
Berwick upon Tweed 1993 to date
 
1192
12-33
Fishermans Friend
1993
Relief 1993 to 2016 
Clifden 14/01/16 to ??/09/19
1193
12-34
Freddie Cooper
1992
Aldeburgh 1993 to date
 
1194
12-35
Inchcape
1993
Arbroath 1993 to date
 
1195
12-36
Royal Thames
1993
Eastbourne 1993 to 2012
Leverburgh 2012 to 2018
 
1196
12-37
Sylvia Burrell
1993
Girvin 1993 to 2017
Relief 2017 to 2018
 
Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.
Notes
(1) Prototype Mersey class lifeboat used on trials. Sold in 1989

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 16/10/19