Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Trent Class Lifeboats  

Developed by the RNLI in the early 1990s, the first Trent class lifeboat was introduced in 1994, with a maximum speed of 25 knots, propeller protection and a range of 250 nautical miles.

The Trent class lifeboat was one of the first ‘hard chine’ hull design for the RNLI. The Trent has the same geometric hull shape as the Severn class and has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery.

In the Trent, the engine room is aft but space limitations led to a novel approach in which one of the twin MAN diesel engines is turned around, driving the propeller in a conventional manner, while the other works through a 'V' drive.

The 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.

The Trent class carries a small XP boat, an inflatable daughter boat with a 5hp outboard engine capable of 6 knots. This small craft is used to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach. 

Trent Class Facts   

Introduced: 1994 (Last built 2003)

Length: 14.3m

Width: 4.9m

Load: 28 tonnes

Launch Type: Afloat

Fuel Capacity: 4,180 litres


Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

Engines: 2 x MAN 2840 marine diesel; 850hp each at 2,300hp

 Op. No.
 Year Built
 Anna Livia
 Dun Loaghaire 29/06/95 to date
 Frederick Storey Cockburn
 Courtmacsherry Harbour 18/09/95 to date
 Henry Heys Duckworth
 Red Bay (2 year trial) 28/01/16 to date
 Elizabeth and Ronald
 Dunmore East 07/10/96 to date
 Ger Tigchelaar
 Arklow 19/02/97 to date
 Austin Lidbury
 Ballycotton 05/03/98 to date
 Robert Hywell Jones Williams
 Fenit 28/02/99 to date
 Sam and Ada Moody
 Achill Island 28/04/99 to date
 Dr John Mc Sparran
  Larne 03/08/00 to date
  Roy Barker III
  Howth 16/03/02 to date
  Donaghadee 17/04/03 to date