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Irish Lifeboats

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 exce​ss 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

-

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

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