Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Tamar Class Lifeboats  

The Tamar class is one of the most modern all-weather lifeboat classes currently in service with the RNLI. The Tamar is fitted with an integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) so that the crew can monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from their shock-mitigating seats, improving their safety.  


The bespoke seats enhance crew comfort and safety. They also incorporate essential controls such as throttles and joystick with the trackball for the SIMS screen close to hand.  The Tamar’s propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with steel-lined main and bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water or slipway operations.  


In addition to her twin engines, the lifeboat is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability.  The Tamar carries a Y boat, an inflatable powered daughter boat housed under the aft deck, which can be deployed from a hinged door in the transom. The Y boat has a 15hp outboard engine and is used in moderate conditions to access areas the lifeboat cannot reach. 


The Tamar class has replaced most of the Tyne class lifeboats in service with the RNLI. The first Irish station to receive a Tamar class was Kilmore Quay in October 2010. Baltimore received a Tamar class lifeboat in March 2012.

Tamar Class Facts  

Introduced: 2005

Length: 16.3m

Width: 5.3m

Load: 32 tonnes

Launch Type: Slipway or afloat

Fuel Capacity: 4,600 litres

Crew: 7

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

Engines: 2 x Caterpiller C18 marine diesel; 1,001hp each at 2,300rpm

O.N.
Op. No.
Name
Year Built
Service History
Notes 
1251
-
-
2000 
Prototype Tamar class lifeboat. Trials 2000 to 2006 
  (1)
1280
16-01
Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson 
2005
Relief 2005 to date
1281
16-02
Haydn Miller
2005
Tenby 2006 to date
 
1282
16-03
The Misses Robertson of Kintail
2006
Peterhead 2006 to date
 
1283
16-04
Spirit of Padstow
2006
Padstow 2006 to date
 
1284
16-05
Helen Comrie
2006
Longhope 2006 to date
 
1286
16-06
Frank and Anne Wilkinson
2007
Relief 2007 to date
 
1287
16-07
Lester
2008
Cromer 2008 to date
1288
16-08
Grace Dixon
2008
Barrow 2008 to date
 
1289
16-09
Batlic Exchange III
2008
Salcome 2008 to date
 
1290
16-10
Edward and Barbara Prigmore
2008
Relief 2008 to date
 
1291
16-11
Mark Mason
2009
Angle 2009 to date
 
1292
16-12
George Sullivan
2009
St Helier 2009 to date
1293
16-13
Victor Freeman
2010
Relief 2009 to date
 
1294
16-14
City of London III
2010
Sennen Cove 2010 to date
 
1295
16-15
Enid Collett
2010
Shoreham Harbour 2010 to date
 
1296
16-16
Molly Hunt
2010
Appledore to 2011 to date
 
1297
16-17
Alfred Albert Williams
2010
Bembridge 2011 to date
1298
16-18
Killarney
2010
Kilmore Quay 27/10/10 to date
 
1299
16-19
Irene Muriel Rees
2011
Walton & Frinton 2011 to date
 
1300
16-20
Rose
2011
The Lizard 2011 to date
 
1301
16-21
John Buchanan Barr
2011
Portpatrick to 2011 to date
 
1302 
16-22
Alan Massey
2011
Baltimore 15/02/12 to date
1303
16-23
Diamond Jubilee
2012
Eastbourne 2012 to date
 
1304
16-24
John D Spicer
2012
Porthdinllaen 2012 to date
 
1305
16-25
Kiwi
2012
Moelfre 2013 to date
 
1306
16-26
Norah Wortley
2013
St Davids 2013 to date
 
1307
16-27
Roy Barker IV
2013
The Mumbles 2013 to date
 
Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN are/were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.

Notes


(1) Prototype Tamar class. Sold in 2006 to Kent Police as a patrol boat named Princess Alexandra III. Sold in 2014 for use as workboat based at Potton Creek, Essex. In 2017 sold for use as FPS boat named Lemerye1 in Mauritania 


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