RNLI - Barmouth Lifeboat Station

Barmouth Lifeboat Station is the proud home of both an ALB (All-weather lifeboat) and an ILB (Inshore lifeboat).

 

The current ALB is a Shannon Class named "Ella Larsen" 13-30. She arrived on station in 2019, replacing the Mersey lifeboat the "Moira Barrie" which served the station well for many years.

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. She’s the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.

Designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers, the RNLI harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure this new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service, building on systems developed for her big sister, the Tamar class lifeboat. The Shannon lifeboat was designed to be launched and recovered from a beach via a new faster and safer launch and recovery system and can also be launched from a slipway or lie afloat.

The Shannon will gradually replace our Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats, which are now nearing the end of their operational lives. Once rolled out, our entire all-weather lifeboat fleet will be capable of 25 knots, making our lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before. The naming of our Shannon class lifeboats follows a tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. But it's the first time an Irish river has been chosen. The River Shannon is 240 miles in length and is the longest river in Ireland.

The first Shannon was introduced in 2013 and is still being produced.
She has a length of 13.6 m and beam of 4.5 m
Range 250 nautical miles
Engines: 2 x 13-litre Scania D13 650hp engines with propulsion from twin Hamilton HJ364 waterjets
Speed 25 knots
Weight 18 tonnes
Crew 6
Survivor capacity: Self-righting – 23, Non self-righting – 79
Construction - Hull, deck and wheelhouse are constructed of composite materials; predominantly an epoxy resin film infusion glass sandwich construction, with carbon fibre in areas with high load.



Further information about the Shannon can be found at the RNLI website


 

The current ILB is a D class named "Craig Steadman" D-814.

With over 50 years’ service since its introduction in 1963, the D class lifeboat has helped the RNLI to save thousands of lives at sea and continues to be the workhorse of the charity’s fleet today. With a top speed of 25 knots, she can spend three hours at sea at this speed on search and rescue missions. She is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than all-weather lifeboats. She comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves. The details given are for the latest version that was introduced in 2003.

Introduced 1963 (latest version in 2003)
Length 5m
Range 3 hours at maximum speed
Speed 25 knots
Weight 436kg
Crew 2/3
Construction Hypalon coated polyester
Launch type Trolley or davit

D 814 Craig Steadman will operate alongside Barmouth RNLI’s all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat Moira Barrie until 2020 when the Mersey is set to be replaced by a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. The Craig Steadman is shown here at the dedication ceremony at the lifeboat station.





Details of which other stations currently operate this type of lifeboat can be seen on the D class page of the official RNLI website at this link.

 

You can see photographs of the Crew practising their ILB capsize drill here

 

Below are pictures of both Moira Barrie and the previous ILB Clive Tanner in action.
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