Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

Waveney Class Lifeboats

Waveney class ON 1006 "Connel Elizabeth Cargill" pictured during the Arklow Maritime Festival in August 1987. Photo Tom Nolan

The Waveney class lifeboat was the first class of lifeboats operated by the RNLI capable of operating at speeds in excess of 10 knots. The class is based on an American Coast Guard design. The RNLI bought one of the 44-foot lifeboats from the USCG for trials around the coasts of the UK & Ireland.  


The prototype was never given a name although the crews nicknamed it "The Yank". It entered trials in 1964. The first production boat entered service in 1967 and the Waveney class continued to be built in batches at various yards. A total of 22 were built for RNLI service. 


The last Waveney was built in 1982 and the class was replaced by the Trent and Severn class lifeboats. Many of the retired Waveney class lifeboats were sold to other rescue organisations across the world. 

Waveney Class Facts

Introduced: 1964 (Last built 1982)

Length: 13.67m

Width: 4.2m

Launch Type: Afloat

Fuel Capacity: 1,340 litres

Crew: 5

Range: 190 nautical miles

Max Speed: 15.4 Knots

Engines: 2 Diesel engines of various models

O.N.
Op. No.
Name
Year Built
Service History
Notes
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44-001
-
1964
Trials 1964 to 1967
Relief 1967 to 1996
  (1)
1001
44-002
John F. Kennedy
1966 
Dun Laoghaire 1967 to 1990
Relief 1990 to 1996
1002
44-003
Khami
1967
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston 1967 to 1980
Relief 1980 to 1997
 (2)
1003
44-004
Faithful Forrester
1967
Dover 1967 to 1979
Relief 1979 to 1984
Holyhead 1984 to 1985
Relief 1985 to 1997
  (2)
1004
44-005
Margaret Graham
1967
Harwich 1967 to 1980
Relief 1980 to 1986
Amble 1986 to 1999
 
1005
44-006
Arthur and Blanche Harris
1967
Barry Dock 1968 to 1974
Relief 1974 to 1979
Donaghdee 1979 to 1986
Relief 1986 to 1993
Courtmacsherry Harbour 1993 to 1995
Relief 1995 to 1996

  (2)
1006
44-007
Connel Elizabeth Cargill
1968
Troon 1968 to 1985
Arklow 1995 to 1990
Relief 1990 to 1997
  (2)
1026
44-008
Eric Seal (Civil Service No. 36)
1974
Eyemouth 1974 to 1996
  (3)
1027
44-009
Helen Turnbull
1974  
Sheerness 1974 to 1996
Achill 1996 to 1998
Relief 1998
 
1028
44-010
Thomas Forehead and Mary Rowse II
1974
Plymouth 1975 to 1988
Fowey 1988 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1997
  (4)
1029
44-011
Augustine Courtauld
1974
Poole 1974 to 1983
Relief 1983 to 1985
Troon 1985 to 1987
Relief 1987 to 1990
Arklow 1990 to 1997
Relief 1997 to 1999
  (2)
1033 
44-012
The White Rose of Yorkshire
1974
Whitby 1974 to 1988
Invergordon 1989 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1999
  (5)
1034
44-013
Thomas James King
1974  
St Helier 1975 to 1989
Relief 1989 to 1993
Dunbar 1993 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1997
 
1035
44-014
St Patrick
1974
Dunmore East 1975 to 1996
  (2)
1036
44-015
Lady of Lancashire
1975
Fleetwood 1976 to 1989
Dun laoghaire 1990 to 1995
Relief 1995 to 1996
1042
44-016
Ralph and Joy Swann
1976
Ramsgate 1976 to 1990
Tobermory 1990 to 1991
Portree 1991 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1998
 
1043
44-017
The Nelsons of Donaghadee
1976
Donaghadee 1976 to 1977
Relief 1978 to 1990
Sunderland 1990 to 1997
Relief 1997 to 1998
  (4)
1044
44-018
The Scout
1977
Hartlepool 1977 to 1997
  (6)
1045
44-019
Louis Marchesi of Round Table
1977
Hewhaven 1977 to 1985
Relief 1985 to 1986
Alderney 1986 to 1994
Exmouth 1994 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1997
  (4)
1060
44-020
John Fison
1980
Harwich 1980 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1999
  (4)
1065
44-021
Barham
1980
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston 1980 to 1996
Relief 1996 to 1999

 
1079
44-022
The William and Jane
1982
Blyth 1982 to 1995
Larne 1996 to 1998
  (4)
Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.
Notes
(1) Now on display at the RNLI Museum, Chatham.
(2) Sold to the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol (Australia) for further service.
(3) Sold to the Sea Rescue Institute of Namibia for further service.
(4) Sold to the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation for further service.
(5) Sold to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for further service.
(6) Sold to the ADES (Uruguay) for further service.

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