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Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370

Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station

The Boats

All Weather Lifeboat -Type : - Mersey Class

R.N.L.B. "Grace Darling".  Due to be replaced in 2019 by a Shannon Class  
Method of launching: -
Carriage and tractor, on concrete slip way beside Harbour Office.Our "Grace" on her carriage

Length: 11.57 metres (38ft) Beam : 3.81 metres (12.6ft)

Depth : 1.86 metres (6ft) Draught : 0.875 metres (2ft 10in)

Displacement : 13 tonnes. Crew: 6/7

Range : 180 miles. Fuel carried : 245 gallons (1114 litres)

Top Speed : 18 knots approx ( 20 mph.), 16 knots cruising.

Engines : Twin Caterpillar 3208T Turbo Charged Marine Diesels, providing 285 horsepower. (Same engines in tractor, without turbo chargers.)

Equipment : Radar, VHF Direction Finder, Global Positioning Satellite Navigation, Colour Chart Plotter, VHF (Short Range up to 30 miles) and MF (Medium Range up to 300 miles) Marine Radios, First Aid, stretchers, fire pumps, illuminating flares,  searchlights, radar, and other items too numerous to mention !

Arrived on station: 7th August, 1991. Last major refit - Autumn 2006. Due for replacement probably by a new Fast Carriage launched Lifeboat, but due to it (FCB1) failing rough weather evaluation, the project is now looking for a new hull design. Replacement was due in post 2012.

BOAT NUMBER 12-16 We are often asked what these numbers mean. "12" denotes a 12 metre Mersey Class lifeboat, "16" denotes the 16th boat of that class built of Fibre Glass Composite construction. If the hull had been aluminium, the number would have been "12-016". First digit "13" denotes a 13m Shannon Class, all other later boats refer to the length in metres so that "14" is a 14 metre Trent Class, "16" a 16 metre Tamar Class, "17" a 17 metre Severn Class, "B" is the larger Atlantic type inshore lifeboat, "D" the smaller D Class Inshore Lifeboat, and "X" and "Y" the small inflatables carried aboard some larger lifeboats. "H" denotes a Hovercraft (eg New Brighton and Morecambe).


Delivered to Seahouses, 11am Tuesday 23 October 2018, replacing D-686 “Peter Downes” which has been retired as a station lifeboat.

Further informataion about the donors to follow.


The RNLI’s IB1 lifeboat

The D class lifeboat, first introduced into the RNLI fleet in 1963, was designed to be launched quickly and easily, providing a rapid response to distress calls close to shore. It is a fully inflatable craft built of a polyester material coated with ‘hypalon’ – which is impact and abrasion resistant. The hull is divided into seven compartments so that, should one become punctured, the lifeboat will remain serviceable. The design of the lifeboat has continued to evolve since it was introduced, however it was completely re-engineered and updated between 2000 and 2003 following extensive consultation with lifeboat crews. The production version of the new D Class, Inshore Boat 1 (IB1) was introduced in August 2003 with improved manoeuvrability and equipment and the top speed has been increased from 20 knots to 25 knots. The new model was the work of the RNLI’s in house engineering team, who are responsible for the design and development of all the lifeboats in the RNLI fleet.

Method of launching: - Carriage and Landrover, on slip way beside harbour masters hut, or other launching site along the coast if quicker, e.g. Holy Island Causeway. The trailer doubles as a launching trailer and a road trailer when required. Crew - 2 / 3.  Boat carries VHF radio, built in GPS, first aid kit and oxygen therapy equipment, search lights, anchor, towline and other equipment for inshore rescue work.
The Road Lights which fit on the IB1’s bow pod, when the boat has to travel by road to a remote launch site. (Idea copied from West Kirby Inshore Lifeboat !)












See the RNLI’s Youtube Channel Videos of the new prototype Shannon Class design and trials, including the capsize trial - CLICK HERE

A Glimpse of the Future - the replacement for the trusty “Mersey Class” carriage launched lifeboat

The prototype Fast Carriage Lifeboat - (FCB 2) should be afloat by September 2011, ready to tour stations scheduled to receive one of these boats, so that crews can experience and test the new boat. The new boat is powered by water jets instead of the traditional propellers, and will be capable of 26 knots. It will be launched from a newly designed carriage, which is attached to the new tractor and is “4 wheel driven”.

Here is the first computer generated image of the new 13 metre boat, which will be known as a “Shannon Class” lifeboat. It will use a similar version of the electronics from the advanced Tamar Class slipway lifeboats, currently replacing the old Tyne Class boats. Watch this page for news of further developments.

Seahouses have been advised that the station has been selected to be allocated a “Shannon Class” to replace the current “Mersey” RNLB Grace Darling, in 2019.


















Inshore Lifeboat D-828 "D" Class IB1 "Grace Darling"
also due for replacement in 2028.


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