Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Shannon Class Lifeboats

The Shannon class lifeboat – its previous designation was the Fast Carriage Boat 2 or FCB2 reflecting that it will be predominantly launched over beaches, – harnesses cutting-edge technology to ensure that it will meet the demands of a 21st century rescue service and allow the charity’s volunteer crew to do their lifesaving work as safely as possible in all weather conditions.


Using twin waterjets instead of conventional propellers, the Shannon class will be able to operate in shallow waters and be highly manoeuvrable. The waterjets also reduce the risk of damage to the lifeboat during launch and recovery, or when intentionally beached.


It can be launched, bow first, from a tractor and carriage and will have a top speed of 25 knots. Like the Tamar class lifeboat, the Shannon also has specially designed seats that protect the volunteer crew and SIMS (System and Information Management System), which allows the crew to monitor the boat from the safety of their seats.


Like all RNLI all-weather lifeboats, the Shannon is self-righting and will return to an upright position in the event of capsize.


Lough Swilly was the first Irish station to receive a Shannon Class in April 2015.

Shannon Class Overview

Cost: £1.5 million

In Service: From 2013

Length: 13.6m

Width: 4.54m

Load: 14.6 tonnes

Crew: 5

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25-27 Knots

Engines: 2 x Catterpiller C9 engines, 510hp, 2 x Hamilton HJ 362 Waterjets

O.N.
Op. No.
Name
Year Built
Service History
Notes
1285
 
Effseabee Two
2005
Prototype
Trails 2005 to 2012
(1)
1308
13-01
Jock and Annie Slater
2012
Relief 2012 to 2019
Wicklow 05/04/19 to date
(2) 
(3)
1309
13-02
The Morrell
2013
Dungeness 2014 to date
 
1310
13-03
R and J Welburn
2014
Exmouth 2014 to date
 
1311
13-04
Storm Rider
2014
Relief 2014 to date
 
1312
13-05
Patsy Knight
2014
Lowestoft 2014 to date
1313
13-06
Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood
2014
Hoylake 2014 to date
 
1314
13-07
Reg
2014
Relief 2015 to date
 
1315
13-08
Derek Bullivant
2014
Lough Swilly 10/04/15 to date
 
1316
13-09
The Barry and Peggy High Foundation
2015
Ilfracombe 2015 to date
 
1317
13-10
Ian Grant Smith
2015
Montrose 2015 to date
 
1318
13-11
Nora Stachura
2015
St Ives 2015 to date
1319
13-12
Cosandra
2015
Relief 2016 to date
(4)
1320
13-13
George Thomas Lacy
2015
Swanage 2016 to date
 
1321
13-14
Kenneth James Pierpoint
2016
Fleetwood 2016 to date
 
1322
13-15
Frederick William Plaxton
2016
Scarborough 2016 to date
 
1323
13-16
Elizabeth and Leonard
2016
Amble 2016 to date
1324 
13-17
Joel and April Grunhill
2016
Skegness 2017 to date
 
1325
13-18
William F. Yates
2017
Llandudno 2017 to date
 
1326
13-19
Dorothy May White  
2017
Workington 2017 to date
 
1327
13-20
Denise and Eric
2017 
Selsey 2017 to date
 
1328
13-21
Brianne Aldington
2018
Relief 2017 to 2019
Clifden ??/09/19 to date
(5)
1329
13-22
Antony Patrick Jones
2017
Bridlington 2017 to date
 
1330
13-23
Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan
2017
Girvan 2017 to date
(6)
1331
13-24
Barbara Ann
2017
Lytham St. Annes 2018 to date
 
1332
13-25
Stella and Humfrey Berkeley
2018
Leverburgh 2018 to date
 
1333
13-26
John Metters
2018
Relief 2018 to date
1334
13-27

Joanna and Henry Williams

2018  
Relief 2018 to date
 
1335
13-28
Richard and Caroline Colton
2018
Hastings 2018 to date
 
1336
13-29
Helen Hastings
2018
Eyemouth 2018 to date
 
1337
13-30
Ella Larsen
2018
Barmouth 2019 to date
 
1338
13-31
Michael O'Brien
2019
Clogherhead 08/07/19 to date
 
1339
13-32
Ruth and David Harper
2019
Relief 2019 to date
 
1340
13-33
Bridie O' Shea
2019
Relief 2019 to date
1341
13-34
Anthony Kenneth Heard
2019
Rhyl 2019 to date
 
1342
13-35
Frank and Brenda Winter
2019
Peel
 
1343
13-36
John and Elizabeth Allen
2019
Relief
 
1344
13-37
Agnes A. P. Barr
2020
Invergordon
 
1345
13-38
 
2020
Sheerness
1346
13-39
Roger Smith
2020
Pwllheli
 
1347
13-40
 
2020
Relief
 
1348
13-41
 
2020
Dunmore East
 
1349
13-42
 
2020
 
 
Lifeboats listed in YELLOW are under construction. Lifeboats listed in GREEN are/were based at Irish stations.

Notes

(1) Prototype Shannon class lifeboat. Trials from 2005 until withdrawn from use in May 2012. Sold in 2013 to Dutch owners.

(2) Not officially named until 11/07/13.

(3) Temporarily on station until arrival of the new permanent Shannon class lifeboat.

(4) First Shannon class to be fitted out at ALC.

(5) Temporarily on station.

(6) First all ALC built lifeboat.

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