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

Crew:

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

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

O.N.
Op. No.
Name
Year Built
Service History
Notes 
1180
14-01
Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma 
1991
Trials 1991 to 1994
Alderney 1994 to 1995
Relief/Training 1995 to 2019
 
1197
14-02
Esme Anderson
1994
Ramsgate 1994 to date
 
1198
14-03
Blue Peter VII
1994
Fishguard 1994 to date
 
1199
14-04
Roy Barker I
1995
Alderney 1995 to date
 
1200
14-05
Anna Livia
1995
Dun Loaghaire 29/06/95 to date
 
1204
14-06
Windsor Runner (Civil Service No. 42)
1995
Blyth 1995 to 2004
Relief 2004 to date
 
1205
14-07
Frederick Storey Cockburn
1995
Courtmacsherry Harbour 18/09/95 to date
 
1206
14-08
Douglas Aikman Smith
1995
Invergordon 1996 to date
 (A)
1207
14-09
Sir Ronald Petchell Bt.
1995
Dunbar 1995 to 2008
 (1)
1208
14-10
Samarbeta
1995
Great Yarmouth & Gorleston 1995 to date
 
1209
14-11
Barclaycard Crusader
1996
Eyemouth 1996 to 2019
Relief 2019
 
1210
14-12
Forward Birmingham
1996
Exmouth 1996 to 2008
Relief 2009 to date
 
1211
14-13
George and Ivy Swanson
1996
Sheerness 1996 to date
 (A)
1212
14-14
George and Mary Webb
1996
Whitby 1996 to date
 
1213
14-15
Henry Heys Duckworth
1996
Relief 1996 to 2016
Red Bay 28/01/16 to date
 (2)
1214
14-16
Stanley Watson Barker
1996
Portree 1996 to date
 
1215
14-17
Elizabeth and Ronald
1996
Dunmore East 07/10/96 to date
 (A)
1222
14-18
Maurice and Joyce Hardy
1996
Fowey 1996 to date
 
1223
14-19
Ger Tigchelaar
1996
Arklow 19/02/97 to date
 
1224
14-20
Roy Barker II
1997
Wick 1997 to date
 
1225
14-21
MacQuarie
1997
Sunderland 1997 to 2004
Relief 2004 to date
 
1226
14-22
Edward Duke of Windsor
1997
Relief 1997 to date
 
1227
14-23
Mora Edith MacDonald
1997
Oban 1997 to date
 
1228
14-24
Dora Foster McDougall
1997
Relief 1997 to date
 
1233
14-25
Austin Lidbury
1998
Ballycotton 05/03/98 to date
1234
14-26 
Gough Ritchie II
1998
Port St Mary 1998 to date
1239
14-27
Robert Hywell Jones Williams
1999
Fenit 28/02/99 to date
 
1240
14-28
Sam and Ada Moody
1999
Achill Island 28/04/99 to date
1245
14-29
Inner Wheel II
2000
Relief 2000 to 2006
Barry Dock 2006 to date
 
1246
14-30
Dr John Mc Sparran
2000
Larne 03/08/00 to date
1252
14-31
Elizabeth of Glamis
2001
Broughty Ferry
 
1253
14-32
Corinne Whiteley
2001
Relief 09/05/01
 
1258
14-33
Roy Barker III
2001
Howth 16/03/02 to date
 
1259
14-34
Willie & May Gall
2002
Fraserburgh 2002 to date
1266
14-35
John Neville Taylor
2002
Relief 2002 to 2008
Dunbar 2008 to date
 
1267
14-36
Saxon
2003
Donaghadee 17/04/03 to date
1274
14-37
Betty Huntbatch
2003
Relief 2003 to 2004
Hartlepool 2003 to date
 
1275
14-38
Jim Moffat
2004  
Troon 2004 to date
Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN are/were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.

Notes


(1) Damaged beyond repair March 2008

(2) On a Two year evaluation at Red Bay


(A) Due to be replaced by a Shannon class lifeboat in 2020


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