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Severn-class 17.00-metre

(Fast Afloat Boat 3 - FAB3)

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The Relief Fleet's 17-30 William Gordon Burr seen at speed off Port Rush, Northern Ireland on 07/09/08 (Photo N. Rush)

Specifications:
Dimensions 17m x 5.5m x 1.38m Speed 25-knots
Displacement 40-tonnes Range 250-nm
Construction Fibre Reinforced Composite Endurance ?
Engines 2 x Caterpillar 3412 (1250-hp) Crew 6

First introduced in to service in 1996, although the prototype was built in 1992, and in total 46 examples were built by Green Marine and then being fitted out by Berthon Boat Company, VT Halmatic, Souter Marine or FBM Marine. Normally carry a  3-metre, 2-man Y-class inflatable dinghy. The final boat of class left Green Marine' Waterloo Road Factory in Lymington on 15/12/03 for fitting out at the nearby Berthon Boat facility.  In 2009 it was announced that studies had been undertaken and that the hull-life would be extended to 50-years and the fleet would be re-engined. The first to be fitted with MTU 150hp model 10V2000 M93 engines, the first boat to undergo this was 17-46 in early 2009.

Severn-class Fleet Details

(GM indicates Green Marine build number, BBC indicates Berthon Boat Company and FBN is Fairey Brooke Marine build number. TH=Halmatic yard number.

No. Name O/N Year C/Sign Base
17-01, TL-02 Peter and Marion Fulton. 1179 1991 ???? Prototype, hull built by Halmatic, fitted out by Osborne (WO3444) ex-Maurice and Joy Hardy.Trials 1991-98, Training Launch 1998-04. Sold to Gem Marine in 2005 as Gemini Storm and based at Buckie. To Peterhead as workboat Eileen May by 2014 To Montrose by 2015.
17-02 The Will. 1201 1995 GFKZ (GM52/BBC 1023). Relief Fleet 05/06/96. To Falmouth 11/03/97. To Relief 17/12/01.
17-03 Albert Brown. 1202 1995 2VHN (GM56/BBC 1024). Harwich,, Essex. On station 02/10/96.
17-04 Spirit of Guernsey. 1203 1996 VQFT6 (GM60/MR3845) St. Peter Port, Guernsey. On station.
17-05 Pride of the Humber. 1216 1996 GFJK (GM62/MR3861) Humber, East Yorkshire. On station 08/03/97.
17-06 David Kirkcaldy. 1217 1996 GFYT (GM65/BBC 1025) Arun Islands, ROI . On station 06/06/97.
17-07 John and Margaret Doig. 1218 1996 MBSY6 (GM68/FBM1426) Valentia, ROI, On station  29/11/96.
17-08 Helmut Schroeder of Dunlossit II. 1219 1996 2ERB (GM70/FBM1427) Islay, Strathclyde. On station 09/03/97.
17-09 City of London II. 1220 1996 2ERA (GM74/BBC 1026) Dover, Kent. On station 15/03/97.
17-10 Michael and Jane Vernon. 1221 1997 2SHV (GM76/FBM1433) Lerwick, Shetland Islands. On station 02/06/97.
17-11 The Whiteheads. 1229 1997 2APW (GM81/BBC 1027) St. Mary's, Scilly Isles On station 01/12/97.
17-12 Edna Windsor. 1230 1998 GJCQ (GM84/FBM1435) Barra Island. On station 13/06/14.
17-13 Margaret Foster. 1231 1998 GLJT (GM85/FBM1436) Kirkqwall, Orkney. On station 26/03/98.
17-14 Charles Lidbury. 1232 1998 GFRC (GM86/BBC 1028) Aith, Shetland Islands On station 02/05/98.
17-15 Bryan and Gordon. 1235 1998 MLSJ2 (GM90/BBC 1029) Ballyglass, ROI On station 14/08/98.
17-16 Violet, Dorothy and Kathleen. 1236 1998 MCQT8 (GM92/BBC 1030) Stromness, Orkney. On station 22/10/98.
17-17 Fraser Flyer (C.S. No. 43). 1237 1999 MRZU (GM93/FBM1443) Relief Fleet. On station 02/04/99.
17-18 Tom Sanderson. 1238 1999 VQGT7 (GM94/BBC 1031) Stornaway, Lewis. On station 02/01/99.
17-19 Ernest and Mary Shaw. 1241 1999 2VHP (GM96/FBM Marine Cowes 1448) Campbeltown Argyll On station 30/05/99.
17-20 Spirit of Northumberland. 1242 1999 2YBK (GM98/BBC 1032) Tynemouth On station21/10/99.
17-21 David and Elizabeth Acland. 1243 1999 GLFE ()GM100/FBM1449) Newhaven, East Sussex. On station 08/11/99.
17-22 Myrtle Maud. 1244 1999 GFWU (GM101/BBC 1033) Aranmore, ROI On station 22/01/00.
17-23 Katie Hannan 1247 2000 MAWT2 (GM103/FBM1455) Port Rush. On station 15/06/00. Blown on to Rocks on Rathlin Island in January 2008, and classified as beyond economical repair.
17-24 Bon Accord. 1248 2000 2IJR (GM105/BBC 1035) Aberdeen. On station 20/07/00.
17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer). 1249 2000 2MJP (GM106/FBN 1456) Yarmouth, IOW .  On station 24/01/01.
17-26 Henry Alston Hewat. 1250 2000 MBSA3 (GM107/BBc1036) Mallaig, Highland,  On station 30/01/01.
17-27 Volunteer Spirit. 1254 2001

MQGP

 
(GM113) Relief Fleet. On station 08/05/01.
17-28 Alec and Christina Dykes. 1255 2001 2IKE (GM115/BBC 1037) Torbay, Devon. On station 31/10/01.
17-29 Richard Cox Scott. 1256 2001 2UHP (GM116) Falmouth, Cornwall. On station 18/12/01.
17-30 William Gordon Burr. 1257 2002

MBEB

 
(GM117/BBC 1038) Relief Fleet 2001-2008, Port Rush as replacement for Katie Hannan. On station 04/04/08.
17-31 Roger and Joy Freeman. 1260 2002

VSWX3

 
 
(GM120) Relief Fleet.. On station 10/09/02.
17-32 Ernest and Mable. 1261 2002

VSWX5

 
(GM124) Weymouth, Doorset. On station 16/07/02.
17-33 Beth Sell. 1262 2002 VSWX4 (GM124/BBC 1039) Relief Fleet. On station 16/08/02.
17-34 Osier. 1263 2002
 

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VSWX6

(GM125) Relief Fleet. On station 11/09/02.
17-35 Sybil Mullen Glover. 1264 2003 VSWX7 (GM126) Plymouth, Devon. On station 15/02/03.
17-36 Ivan Ellen. 1265 2003 VSWX8 (GM130/BBC 1040) Penlee, Cornwal. On station 15/03/03.
17-37 William Blannin. 1268 2003 VQDM5 (GM136) Buckie, Grampian,. On station 28/05/03.
17-38 Daniel L. Gibson. 1269 2003 VQDK4 (GM137/BBC 1041) Relief Fleet 2003-date.
17-39 Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay. 1270 2003 VQDK3 (GM138) Tobermory, Strathclyde,. On station 20/08/03.
17-40 Julian and Margaret Leonard 1271 2003 VQDK2 (GM139) Lochinver, Highlands. On station 25/11/03.
17-41 Christopher Pearce 1272 2003 VQDJ9 (GM140/BBC 1042) Holyhead, Anglesey. On station 21/12/03.
17-42 The Taylors 1273 2004 VQDJ8 (GM144) Thurso, Caithness, Highlands. On station 07/04/04.
17-43 Donald and Barbara Broadhead. 1276 2004 MADV9 (GM146/Souter's) Rosslare Harbour ROI. On station 09/07/04.
17-44 Annette Hutton. 1277 2004 MADC5 (GM148/BBC 1043) Castletownbere, Cork, ROOI. On station 12/08/04.
17-45 The Duke of Kent. 1278 2005
 

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MCTR2

 
Relief Fleet. On station 25/02/05.
17-46 Margaret, Joan and Fred Nye. 1279 2004 MADF6 (GM150/BBC 1044) Relief Fleet. On station 17/11/04.

The Prototype of class was built as Maurice and Joyce Hardy (17-01) by VT Halmatic/William Osborne. From 1995 to 1998 it apparently operated with no name but in 1998 the vessel was renamed Peter and Marion Fulton and carried the number "TL-02". In January 2005 it was sold to Gem Marine and renamed Gemini Storm.

Gemini Storm (ex 17-01) seen at Corpach on 10/02/08 (Photo Steve Ellwood)

17-02 The Will pictured at Poole on 24/01/13 (Photo N . Rush)

17-03 Albert Brown seen in Harwich 31/05/08 (Photo Ian Boyle/www.simplonpc.co.uk)

RNLB Spirit of Guernsey transits the Poole lift bridge on 21/10/10 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Pride of the Humber 17-05 (Photo Les Stubbs)

The RNLB David Kirkaldy 17-06 seen off the Arran Islands 24/04/12 (Photo N. Stephanson)

RNLB John and Margaret Doig 17-06 pictured off Valentia 17/03/14 (Photo Courtesy RNLI/Nigel Milla)

RNLB Helmut Schroeder II 17-08 seen off Islay 20/05/10 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

17-09 City of London II at Dover in 2008 (Photo by Moolen)

RNLB City of London II 17-09 at Poole 09/09/10 (Photo N. Rush)

Michael and Jane Vernon (17-10) seen off Lerwick on 17/08/08 (Photo Richard Paton)

The Whiteheads (17-11) at The Isles of Scilly 08/05/08 (Photo Kenneth Gibson)

Edna Windsor (17-12) pictured at Barra Island on 20/08/08 (Photo Gary Faux)

  

 The Kirkwall-based 17-13 Margaret Foster seen on 25/05/12 (Photo Dmitry Rostopshin)

Charles Lidbury(17-14) out of the water, photographed in 2007 at Scalloway (Photo Sydney Sinclair)

RNLB Brian and Gordon 17-15 seen off Ballyglass 17/03/14 (Photo Courtesy RNLI/Gary Markham)

RNLB Violet, Dorothy and Kathleen 17-16 seen of Stromness 23/08/09 (Photo Dmitri)f

RNLB Fraser Flyer CS No 43 17-17 of theRelief Fleet (Photo Stan Laundon)

The Stornaway-based RNLB Tom Sanderson 17-18 at speed (Photo RNLI/Martin Fish)

RNLB  Ernest and Mary Shaw 17-19 seen at Campbeltown on 12/07/12 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

Spirit of Northumberland (17-20) seen at Tynemouth on 17/07/08 (Photo Steve Ellwood)

The Newhaven-based 17-21 David and Elizabeth Acland departs from Poole after maintenance  24/03/11 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Myrtle Maud 17-22 seen off the Arranmore coast 11/03/14 (Photo RNLI/Nicholas Leach)

The ill-fated Katie Hannan (17-23) at her Port Rush base on 10/12/06 (Photo by Joe Carroll)

Bon Accord (17-24) off of Aberdeen on 19/04/08 (Photo Bruce Sutherland)

Yarmouth's Eric and Susan Hiscox (Wanderer) 17-25 at Poole 23/02/12 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Henry Alston Hewitt 17-26 pictured off Mallaig (Photo RNLI/Nigel Millard)

The Relief Fleets' RNLB Volunteer Spirit 17-27 leaving Whitby on 27/06/11 (Photo by Fairweather)

The Torbay-based 17-28 Alec and Christina Dykes departs from Poole 21/07/11 (Photo N. Rush)

Falmouth's Richard Cox Scott (17-29) in action 15/04/08 (Photo RNLI/Tony Watson)

The Relief Fleet's William Gordon Burr (17-30) at Port Rush on 07/09/08 standing in for the ill-fated Katie Hannan  (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Roger and Joy Freeman from the Relief Fleet seen at Poole on 07/04/11 (Photo N. Rush)

Ernest and Mable (17-32) alongside in Weymouth 17/07/08 (Photo Nick Roe)

RNLB Beth Sell 17-33 seen at Poole on 16/03/09 (Photo N. RUSH)

Osier (17-34) from the Relief Fleet moored at Buckie Harbour on 28/07/08 (Photo Steve Ellwood)

RNLB Osier (17-34) at Poole Depot on 14/02/09 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Sybil Mullen Glover (17-35) seen leaving East Cowes on 06/03/09 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Ivan Ellen (17-36), the Penlee lifeboat seen at Newlyn 03/02/09 (Photo RNLI/Penlee)

William Blannin (17-37) at Buckie Harbour 28/07/08 (Photo Steve Ellwood)

The Relief Fleet 17-38 Daniel L. Gibson at Poole on 20/09/10 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey 17-39 makes a pass at Tobermory (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

RNLB Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey 17-39 at Tobermorey on 07/08/15 (Photo Phil Crocket)

Lochinvers' 17-40 Julian and Margaret Leonardseen at Girvan 10/04/13 (Photo Sidney Sinclair)

RNLB Julian and Margaret Leonard 17-40  at Girvan in February 2013 (Photo Michael/Belfast)

 The Holyhead-based RNLB Christopher Pearce 17-41 seen on 30/04/13 (Photo Mike Griffiths)

RNLB The Taylors 17-42 at Thurso 27/01/13 (Photo Proffessor SB)

RNLB Donald and Barbara Broadhead 17-43 at the wreath laying anniversary  at Fethard 23/02/14 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

RNLB Annette Hutton 17-44 at her Castletownber-base on 02/04/11 (Photo Ray O'Donaghue)

The Duke of Kent (17-45) seen on 03/08/07 (Photo Adrian Green)

RNLB Margaret, Joan and Fred Nye (17-46) arriving at Great Yarmouth (minus a "1") on 06/03/09 (Photo Paul Gowan)

RNLB Margaret, Joan and Fred Nye (17-46), still minus the "1" at Poole 16/03/09 (Photo N. Rush)

RNLB Margaret, Joan and Fred Nye (17-46) arriving back in Poole 18/03/09, with the "1" (Photo N. Rush)

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