Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Tyne Class Lifeboats

The Tyne class lifeboat was the first introduced in 1982 and was the RNLi's first 'fast' slipway launch lifeboat. The Tyne class can also lie afloat. Features Include a low-profile wheelhouse and a separate cabin behind the upper steering position. The propellers are protected by substantial bilge keels. 


The Tyne class is self-righting, aided by twin automatically inflating bags on the aft cabin roof. The masts and aerials can be lowered when working with helicopters and to fit into a boathouse. The Tyne carries an X boat, a small unpowered and manually launched inflatable daughter boat, to access areas where the all-weather lifeboat cannot reach.


The last Tyne was built in 1990 and the class was replaced by the Tamar and Shannon class lifeboats. Many of the retired Tyne class lifeboats have now been sold to other rescue organisations across the world. 


Wicklow lifeboat station had the honor of being the last RNLI station with a Tyne class lifeboat in service.  47-035 Annie Blaker stood down from service on April 7th 2019. This lifeboat has been the busiest all-weather lifeboat in the history of the station, being involved in over 340 services, rescuing over 400 people. 

Tyne Class Facts 

Introduced: 1982 (Last built 1990)

Length: 14.3m

Width: 4.4m

Load: 27 tonnes

Launch Type: Slipway or afloat

Fuel Capacity: 2,180 litres

Crew: 6

Range: 240 nautical miles

Max Speed: 18 Knots

Engines: 2 x GM6V92 marine diesel; 425hp each at 2,300rpm or 2 x GM6V92 DDec; 525hp each at 2,300rpm

O.N.
Op. No.
Name
Year Built
Service History
Notes
 1074
 47-001
 City of London
 1982
 Selsey 1983 to 2006 
  (1)
 1075
 47-002
 Sam and Joan Woods
 1984
 Relief 1984 to 1993
 Walton & Frinton 1993 to   1996
 Relief 1996 to 2006
  (1)
 1094
 47-003
 James Burrough
 1984
 Padstow 1984 to 2006
  (1)
 1095
 47-004
 St. Cybi II (Civil Service No. 40)
 1985
 Holyhead 1985 to 1997
 Relief 1997 to 2007
  (1)
 1096
 47-005
 Ethel Anne Measures 
 1985
 The Mumbles 1985 to 2006
 Relief 2006 to 2007
  (1)
 1097
 47-006
 Ruby and Arthur Reed
 1985
 Cromer 1985 to 1996
 Relief 1996 to 1999
 Cromer 1999 to 2007
 Relief 2007 to 2008
  (1)
 1109
  47-007
 City of Edinburgh
 1985
 Fraserburgh 1985 to 2002
 Relief 2002 to 2008 
  (2)
 1110
  47-008
 Phil Mead
 1986
 Teesmouth 1986 to 2006
 Relief 2006 to 2008
  (1)
 1111
  47-009
 William Luckin
 1986
 Arranmore 1986 to 2000
 Lough Swilly 2001 to 2007
  (1)
 1112
  47-010
 RFA Sir Galahad
 1986
 Tenby 1986 to 2006
 Relief 2006 to 2009
 
 1114
  47-011
 The Lady Rank
 1987
 Angle 1987 to 2008
 Relief 2008
  (2)
 1115
  47-012
 Good Shepherd
 1987
 Relief 1987 to 2000
 Lough Swilly 2000 to 2001
 Relief 2001 to 2011
 
 1116
  47-013
 Robert and Violet
 1987
 Moelfre 1988 to 2013
 Lough Swilly 2013 to 2015
 
 1117
  47-014
 James Bibby
 
 Barrow 1986 to 2008
 Relief 2008 to 2010
 
 1120
  47-015
 Hetty Rampton
 1987
 Porthdinllaen 1987 to 2012
 Relief 2012 to 2015
 
 1121
  47-016
 Norman Salvesen
 1988
 Wick 1988 to 1997
 Sennen Cove 1998 to 2009
 Relief 2009 to 2014

 
 1122
  47-017
 Owen and Ann Aisher
 1988
 Relief 1988 to 2012
 1126
  47-018
 Max Aitken III
 1987
 Bembridge 1987 to 2009
 Relief 2009 to 2013
  (3)
 1127
  47-019
 Babs and Agnes Robertson
 1988
 Peterhead 1988 to 2006
 The Mumbles 2006 to 2013
 
 1132
  47-020
 Spirit of Lowestoft 
 1987
 Lowestoft 1987 to 2014
 Relief 2014 to 2019
  (4)
 1133
  47-021
 The Famous Grouse
 1987
 Relief 1987 to 2004
 Kilmore Quay 2004 to 2010
 Relief 2010 to 2012
  (5)
 1130
  47-022
 The Baltic Exchange II
 1988
 Salcombe 1988 to 2010
  (6)
 1131
  47-023
  City of Sheffield
 1988
 Whitby 1988 to 1996
 Relief 1996 to 1997
 Hartlepool 1997 to 2000
 Poole 2001 to 2016
  (7)
 1137
  47-024
  Hilda Jarret 
 1988
 Baltimore 1988 to 2012
 Relief 2012 to 2014
 
 1138
  47-025
  Lord Saltoun
 1988
 Longhope 1988 to 1999
 Relief 1999 to 2012 
 
 1139
  47-026
  Garside
 1988
 St Davids 1988 to 2016
  (8)
 1140
  47-027
  George Gibson
 1988
 Appledore 1998 to 2010
 Relief 2010 to 2011
 1141
 47-028
  Sir John Fisher
 1989
Relief 1989 to 1992 
Workington 1992 to 2017
 
 1142
 47-029
 Mariners Friend
 1989
 Relief 1989 to 2007
 Lough Swilly 2007 to 2012
 Relief 2012 to 2013
 
 1145
  47-030
  David Robinson
 1988 
 The Lizard 1989 to 2011 
 Relief 2011 to 2016
 
 1146
  47-031
  Voluntary Worker
 1988
  Lytham St Annes 1988 to    1990
  Relief 1990 to 2005
  Selsey 2005 to 2017
  (9)
 1147
  47-032
  Sir William Hillary
 1988
  Douglas 1988 to 2018
 
 1151
  47-033
  Mary Irene Millar
 1989
  Portpatrick 1989 to 2011
  Relief 2011 to 2013
 
 1152
  47-034
  Moonbeam
 1989
  Montrose 1989 to 2015
  Relief 2015 to 2016
 
 1153
  47-035
 Annie Blaker 
 1989
 Wicklow 89 to 07/04/19
 (10)
 1154
  47-036
 Kenneth Thelwall II
 1989
 Ramsgate 1989 to 1995
 Walton & Frinton 1996 to   2011
  
 
 1155
  47-037
 Sarah Emily Harrop
 1989
  Lytham St Annes 1989 to    1998
  Relief 1998 to 2007
  Calshot 2007 to 2010
 1156
  47-038
  William Street
 1989
  Fleetwood 1989 to 2016
 
 1157
  47-039
  Alexander Coutanche
 1989
  St Helier 1989 to 2009
  Relief 2009 to 2010
  Calshot 2010 to 2012
  Lough Swilly 2012 to 2013
  Relief 2013 to 2014
 
 1158
  47-040
 Hermione Lady Colwyn
 1990
  Shoreham Harbour 1990      to 2010
 

Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.


Notes

(1) Sold to CRSB China for further service

(2) Sold to ADES Uruguay for further service

(3) Sold to private buyer after RNLI service. In 2018 sold to the Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA) to provide an independent lifeboat service at St Helier

(4) Now at the RNLI Museum, Chatham

(5) Sold to the Canadian Lifeboat Institution for further service

(6) Sold to the Seychelles Coast Guard

(7) On display at the National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

(8) Retained on station at St Davids alongside the new Tamar Class lifeboat until completion of the new boathouse in October 2016

(9) Due to go to museum at Lytham St Annes

(10) Last Tyne class lifeboat on station. Replaced by relief Shannon Class lifeboat on 07/04/19

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

Farewell to the Tyne Class

On Friday, April 7th 2019 the last Tyne Class lifeboat in service with the RNLI stood down from service as relief Shannon Class 13-01 'Jock & Annie Slater' went on station

47035 'RNLB Annie Blaker' had served as Wicklow Lifeboat for over 30 years. During her time at Wicklow the 'Annie' has launched countless times saving many lives. She was a credit to her crew who looked after her so well over the last three decades. Photo: Tommy Dover