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
Service History
Notes
1179
17-01
Maurice and Joyce Hardy (1992–1995) 
Peter and Marion Fulton (1998–2004)
1991
Trials 1991 to 1998
Training 1998 to 2004
(1)
1201
17-02
The Will
1995
Relief 1996 to 1997
Falmouth 1997 to 2001
Relief 2001 to date
(2)
1202
17-03
Albert Brown  
1995
Harwich 1996 to date
 
1203
17-04  
Spirit of Guernsey
1996  
St Peter Port 1997 to date
 
1216
17-05
Pride of Humber
1996
Humber 1997 to date
 
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
 
1219
17-08
Helmut Schroeder of Dunlossit II
1996
Islay 1997 to date
 
1220
17-09
City of London II
1996
Dover 1997 to date
 
1221
17-10
Michael and Jane Vernon
1997
Lerwick 1997 to date
 
1229
17-11
The Whiteheads
1997
St Marys 1997 to date
 
1230
17-12
Edna Windsor
1998
Barra Island 1998 to date
 
1231
17-13
Margaret Forster
1998
Kirkwall 1998 to date
 
1232
17-14
Charles Lidbury  
1998
Aith 1998 to date
 
1235
17-15
Bryan and Gordon
1998
Ballyglass 14/08/98 to date
1236
17-16
Violet, Dorothy and Kathleen
1998
Stormness 1998 to date
 
1237
17-17
Fraser Flyer (Civil Service No. 43)
1999
Relief 1999 to date
 
1238
17-18
Tom Sanderson
1999
Stornoway 1999 to date
 
1241
17-19
Ernest and Mary Shaw
1999
Campbeltown 1999 to date
 
1242
17-20  
Spirit of Northumberland
1999
Tynemouth 1999 to date
 
1243
17-21
David and Elizabeth Acland
1999
Newhaven 1999 to date
 
1244
17-22
Myrte Maud
1999
Arranmore 22/01/00 to date
 
1247
17-23
Katie Hannon
2000
Portrush 15/06/00 to ??/01/08
(3)
1248
17-24
Bon Accord
2000
Aberdeen 2000 to date
 
1249
17-25
Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)
2000
Yarmouth 2001 to date
 
1250
17-26
Henry Alston Hewat
2000
Mallaig 2001 to date
1254
17-27
Volunteer Spirit
2001
Relief 2001 to date
 
1255
17-28
Alec and Christina Dykes
2001
Torbay 2001 to date
 
1256
17-29
Richard Cox Scott
2001
Falmouth 2001 to date
 
1257
17-30 
William Gordon Burr
2001 
Relief 2002 to 2008
Portrush 04/04/08 to date
 
1260
17-31
Roger and Joy Freeman
2002
Relief 2002 to date
1261
17-32
Ernest and Mable
2002
Weymouth 2002 to date
 
1262
17-33
Beth Sell
2002
Relief 2002 to date
 
1263
17-34
Osier
2002
Relief 2002 to date
 
1264
17-35
Sybil Mullen Glover
2003
Plymouth 2003 to date
 
1265
17-36
Ivan Ellen
2003
Penlee 2003 to date
 
1268
17-37
William Blannin 
2003
Buckie 2003 to date
 
1269
17-38
Daniel L Gibson
2003
Relief 2003 to date
 
1270
17-39
Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay
2003
Tobermory 2003 to date
 
1271
17-40
Julian and Margaret Leonard
2003
Lochinver 2003 to date
 
1272
17-41
Christopher Pearce
2003
Holyhead 2003 to date
 
1273
17-42
The Taylors
2004
Thurso 2004 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
1278
17-45
The Duke of Kent
2005
Relief 2005 to date
 
1279
17-46
Margaret, Joan and Fred Nye
2004
Relief 2004 to date
 

Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN were/are based at Irish stations

Notes

(1) Prototype Severn class. Sold for use as a work boat in 2005

(2) First Severn class to receive mid-life upgrade work (July 2019)

(3) Damaged beyond economic repair after grounding on Ratlin Island

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