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Tyne Class ALB – The William Street

Retired after 27 years of service on
the 30th August 2016

The William Street 47- 038 was built by FBM Ltd of Cowes at a cost of £560,000. She arrived at Fleetwood at 6pm on Wednesday October 4th 1989. She is powered by two 500 horse power diesels giving a top speed of 18 knots in any sea state. After a period of intensive crew training she was placed on service at 2pm on October 15th. She has a steel hull 47feet long and although primarily designed to be launched from a slipway, the William Street is moored afloat in the pen at Fleetwood. She has a crew of 6. The superstructure is made of aluminum, which reduces weight and gives a low centre of gravity – which helps her self-righting capability.


D Class Inshore Lifeboat – Mary Elizabeth Barnes

She was generously funded by Mrs Mary Preston in memory of her family “Barnes” and named after her late grandmother.She is small and highly maneuverable, making her ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions. She has a single 50 hp outboard engine with electric start, giving her a top speed of 25 knots and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize.

Shannon Class Lifeboat


The new Shannon class lifeboat, named after the RAF Pilot Officer, who sadly lost his life whilst training in 1942, aged just 20. The RNLI’s benefactor, his sister Kathleen, was only 15 at the time and lived with this tragic memory for a further 70 years.The Shannon class lifeboat, costing around £2.2 million, is the first all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water jets, making it more manoeuvrable than the Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats. Carrying a crew of 6, 13 metres long and weighing only 18 tons, the Shannon is powered by 2 x 650hp engines, giving it a top speed of 25 knots. It was designed entirely by RNLI’s in-house team.