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Watson-Class 46 Foot Twin-Screw

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Designed by G. L. Watson the 46-foot boats became the mainstay of The RNLI fleet. The type first entered service in 1935.

 

Specifications
Dimensions 46 x 9 Feet Speed 8 kts
Displacement 21 Tons Range 209 nm
Construction Wooden hull, aluminium superstructure Endurance ???
Engines 2 x 40hp  diesel Crew 8

BLdrs = GG; Groves and Gutteridge, Cowes. ROB= Robertsons. JSW= J Samuel White, Cowes. SS= Sussex Shipbuilders. MG= Morgan Giles, Teignmouth. CN= Camper and Nicholson. OSB= Wm Osborne, Littlehampton.

 
O/N Name Year Bldr Base/Comments
777 H. F. Bailey 1935 GG Cromer 35-45. Helvick Head 45-60. Relief 60-72. Sold 1973 as H. F. Bailey.
778 Edward and Isabella  Irwin 1953 GG Sunderland 53-63. Relief 63-66. Cromer No. 1 66-67. Relief 67-69. Sold 1969 as Lady Clare C/Edward and Isabella Irwin.
784  CS No. 6/Swn-Y-Mor CS No. 6 1936 GG St. Davids 36-63. Eyemouth 63-64. Sold 1973 as Swn-Y-Mor
787 S.G.E 1936 GG Yarmouth 36-37,-. Destroyed by fire at Cowes while on maintenance 06/1937.
788 Jeanie Speirs 1937 ROB Portpatrick 37-61. Sold 1961 Unamed.
789 R. P. L 1937 GG Howth 37-62. Relief 62-64. Sold as Blue Gannet/Southern Cross/Maid of Sker.
790 John and Charles Kennedy 1937 GG Fraserburgh 37-53. Wrecked in service on 09/02/53.
801 Sir Arthur Rose 1938 ROB Tobermory 38-47. Mallaig 48-57. Courtmacsherry 58-69. Relief 69-72. Sold as Belmura.  Noted as Rose Marion at Woodbridge 1990's. For sale 2014.
802 City of Edinburgh 1938 ROB Wick 38-68. Relief 68-76. Sold 1976 as Stadaab/Saltire.  on Crinnon Canal. To Whitehaven 2014.
803 Canadian Pacific 1938 ROB Selsey 38-69. Relief 69-78. Sold as Scrabster Pilot/Kelmar/Tusack/Canadian Pacific.
804 S. G. E 1938 JSW Yarmouth 38-43. Relief 43-45. Yarmouth 45-63 Sold 1963 as John Dutton.
805 Samuel and Marie Parkhouse 1938 JSW Salcombe 38-62. Sold 1962 as  Oniros.
814 Dunleary II 1938 JSW Dun Laoghaire 38-67. Lochinver 67-69. Relief 69-72. Dunmore East 72-74. Sold 1974 as Dunleary II.
815 Violet Armstrong 1938 JSW Appledore 38-62. Relief 62-69. Sold 1962? as Violet/Violet Armstrong.
818 Mabel Marion Thompson 1939 JSW Rosslare Harbour 39-52. Galway Bay 52-68. Relief 68-73. Sold 1975 as Carstiona.
819 Julia Park Barry of Glasgow 1939 ROB Peterhead 39-69.Relief 69-78. Sold  as Savell O'Hicks 1979.
820 Louise Stephens 1939 JSW Gorleston 39-67. Eyemouth 67-74. Sold 1974 as Mid Tyne Mariner/Tyne Star.
821 The Good Hope 1939 ROB Montrose 39-72. Relief 72-81. Sold 1981 as Myra Jane.
822 Jesse Lumb   JSW Bembridge 39-70. Relief70-81. Sold 1981 as Jesse Lumb. On display at IWM Duxford.
828 Princess Royal CS No. 7 1939 JSW Hartlepool 39-68. Humber 68-69. Relief 69-76. Sold 1976 as La Rochelle/Princess Royal.
829 Crawford and Constance Conybear 1940   Falmouth 40-68. Relief68-74. Sold 1974 as Three Seas/Bilitis/Connie.
830 Annie Blanche Smith 1940 JSW Dunmore East 40-70. Sold 1971 as Dunmore East Lifeboat Annie Blanche Smith.
838 Michael Stephens 1939 JSW Lowestoft 39-63. Exmouth 63-68. Relief 68-75. Sold 1975 as Michael Stephens.
840 Millie Walton/Henry Blogg 1945 SS Cromer 45-66. Relief 66-77. Sold 1977 as Blogg of Cromer.
841 Manchester and Salford XXIX 1943 JSW Pwllheli 43-53. Workington 53-72. Relief 72-74. Sold 1974 as Maureen Mary/Paul David II/Frederick William.
842 (Millie Walton) 194? GG Destroyed in Air-raid, Cowes 04/05/42..
843 (Charles Henry Ashley) 194? GG Destroyed in Air-raid, Cowes 04/05/42.
845 Minister Anseele 1941 ??? Belgian lifeboat, found floating in the Channel in 1941, taken over by the RNLI. Relief 41-43. Plymouth 43-47. Returned to Belgium in 1947.
846 Fieldmarshall and Mrs Smuts 1945 MG Beaumaris 45-77.Sold 1979 as
847 Gertrude 1946 ROW Holy Island 46-68. Exmouth 68-70. SheFowey 80-81. Sold 1982 as Gertrude.
848 Millie Walton 1946 GG Douglas 46-56. Relief 56-58. Amble 58-74. Relief 74-78. Sold 1978 as Tyne Winder/Millie Walton.

ON784 Ex-RNLB Swn-Y-Mor CS No.6 14/07/12 (Photo Harrisman)

 two plaques on Swn-y-Mor (Photos N.Rush)

ON 805 Ex- RNLB Samuel and Marie Parkhurst, now Oniros seen at Poole 31/07/14 (Photo N. Rush)

 

O/No. Name Year Bldr Base/Comments
849 William Gammon, Manchester + District XXX 1947 GG Mumbles 47-74. Relief 74-83. Sold 1983 as William Gammon.
852 Tynesider 1947 JSW Tynemouth 47-78. Sold 1979 as Tynesider.
853 Winston Churchill 1948 JSW Blyth 49-79. Relief 79-83. Sold 1983 as Watson Explorer.
854 Sarah Tilson 1950 ROB Baltimore 50-78. Sold 1979 as The Sarah/The Sarah Tilson.
855 W. M. Tilson 1950 ROB Aranmore 50-70 Sold 1970 as W. M. Tilson.

 

Watson-Class 46' 9" x 12' 9" Twin-Screw Midships Steering

 

 

O/No. Name Year Bldr Base/Comments
865 Elizabeth Ripon1948 1948 JSW St. Helier 48-75. Relief 75-77. Sold 1977 as Star of Helier.
866 Charles Henry Ashley 1949 JSW Porthdinllaen 49-79. Relief 79-81. Penlee 81-82. Fowey 82. Relief 82-86. Sold 1986 as Charles Henry Ashley/Sidney/Charles Ashley.
867 Lady Scott (CS No 4) 1949 JSW Port Rush 49-81. Relief 81-86 Sold 1986 as Marjorie RAE/Janet Rae.
868 John and Lucy Cordingley 1950 SS Teesmouth 50-60. Helvick Head 60-69. Relief 69-82. Sold 1982 as Jaybee/Tempo.
885 Sir Samuel Kelly 1950 JSW Donaghadee 50-76. Sold 1976 as Sir Samuel Kelly. Now preserved at Donaghadee.
886 Sarah Townsend Porritt 1951 SS Lytham St. Annes 51-78. Relief 78-82. Sold 1982 as Sarah.
887 Sir Godfrey Baring 1952 JSW Clacton-on-Sea 52-68. Wick 68-70. Relief 70-72. Workington 72-82. Relieef 82-86. Sold 1986 as Duchess of Cornwall.
888 North Foreland (CS No. 11) 1951 JSW Margate 51-78. Relief 78-82. Sold 1982 as North Foreland.
896 Douglas Hyde   CN Rosslare Harbour 52-69. Dunmore East 70-72. Sold 1972 as Rima.
900 Herbert Leigh 1951 JSW Barrow 51-82. Relief 82-88. Sold 1988 as Herbert Leigh.
901 Michael and Lily Davis 1953 JSW Ramsgate 53-76. Relief 76-86. Sold 1986 as Viceroy/Coastal Water.
908 Duchess of Kent 1954 GG Fraserburgh 54-70.Wrecked 21/01/70.
910 Edian Courtauld 1953 JSW Walton-on-the-Naze 53-77. Relief 77-81. Sold 1981 as Scapa Agent.
911 City of Bradford III 1954 JSW Humber 54-77. Lytham St. Annes 78-85. Sold 1985 as City of Bradford III.
919 Deneys Reitz 1954 GG Fowey 54-80. Sold 1980 as Joy M/Daniel Arthur. At Ardfern in 2006. Next found in Inverness and sold to new owner in Ramsgate, Kent in 06/2014.
921 Greater London II 1955 GG Southend-on-Sea 55-76. Beaumaris 77-89. Sold 1990 as Gallichan.
925 Henry Comber Brown 1955 JSW Tenby 55-86 Sold 1986 as T. S. Manxman. Based at Castletown, IOM in 2014.
926 Guy and Clare Hunter 1955 JSW St. Marys 55-81. Fowey 81-82. Penlee 82-83. Padstow 83-84. Cromer  84-85. Relief 85-87. Sold 1987 as Guy and Clare Hunter. Current at Donaghadee.
928 Lalla Marras Douglas and Will 1955 GG Cromarty 55-68. Falmouth 68-74. Relief 74-78. Donaghadee 78-79. Relief 79-82. Sold 1982 as AAdriana of Loosedrecht
929 R. A. Colby Cubbin No 1 1956 JSW Douglas 56-88. Sold 1989 Redundant Hero.
930 R. A. Colby Cubbin No 2 1956 JSW Port St. Mary 56-76. Relief 76-77. Sold 1977 as Southport Girl.
931 Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds 1957 JSW Angle 57-87. Wicklow 77-78. Sold 1989 as Scoobydoo. Renamed Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds.
932 Howard Marryat 1957 JSW Fishguard 57-81. Barrow 82-86. Moelfre 87-88. Relief 88-89. Sold 1989 as North Foreland.

ON885 Ex-RNLB Sir Samuel Kelly preserved at Donaghadee (Photo N. Rush)

ON911 Ex-City of Bradford III at Poole 31/07/14 (Photo N. Rush)

Ex-RNLB Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, location uunknown (Photo via Mac Mclaren)

ON962 The ex-RNLB Guy and Clare Hunter at Bangor, Co Down on 27/04/13 (Photo Kelpie)

Watson-Class 47 x 13 Foot

Specifications
Dimensions 47' x 13" Speed 8/9 kts
Displacement 21t Range 280 nm
Construction Wooden hull, aluminium superstructure Endurance ???
Engines 2 x diesels 40hp Crew 9

 

O/No. Name Year Bldr Base/Comments
920 Dunnet Head (CS No 31) 1956 OSB Thurso 56, destroyed by fire 10/12/56.
940 Pentland 1957 JSW Thurso 57-70. Relief 70-74. Mumbles 74-85. Workington 86-90. Sold 1991 as Pentland.
947 Margaret 1949 GG Dunbar 59-86. Sold 1986 as Hallowstell.
950 Kathleen Mary 1959 OSB Newhaven 59-77. Relief 77-79. Porthdinllaen 79-87. Appledore 78-78. Sold 1988 as Kathleen Mary/C Fury/Katie May.  At Salford Docks, Mancs 2014.
951 Francis W. Wutherspoon of Paisley 1959 OSB Islay (Port Askaig) 59-79. Relief 79-81. Fishguard 81. Workington 82-86. Sold 1986 as Kimrosman.
953 Sarah Jane and James Season 1960 GG Teesmouth 60-86. Shoreham 86-88. Sold 1988 as Manx Voyager.
954 Solomon Browne 1960 OSB Penlee 60-81. Wrecked in service 19/12/81.
955

The Robert

1960 OSB Broughty Ferry 60-78. Baltimore 78-84. Lytham St. Annes 85-98. Beaumaris 88-91. Sold 1991 as Harriet Claire. Back to The Robert.
957 The Jeannie 1961 GG Portpatrick 61-86. Sold 1986 as Jeannie Brandon.
958 LauraMoncur 1961 GG Buckie 61-83. Relief 81-83. Appledore 86-87. Relief 87-88. Sold 1988 as Chizz. Now  to Laura Moncur under restoration at Lowestoft 2013.
959 Helen Wycherley 1961 GG Whitehills 61-69. Courtmacsherry 69-87. Relief 87-88. Sold 1988 as Helen Wycherley.
962 T. G. B 1962 JSW Longhope 62-69. Aranmore 70-78. Relief 78-86. Sold 1986 as T G B.
963 A. M. T 1962 JSW Howth 62-86. Galway Bay 87. Relief 87-89. Sold 1989 as Crack O Dawn.
964 The Baltic Exchange 1962 JSW Salcombe 62-88. Sold 1989 as Baltic Exchange/Baltic Air. Current at Blyth as Baltic Exchange 2012.
965 Louisa Ann Hawker 1962 GG Appledore 62-86. Sold 1986 as Lord Hurcomb.
969 William Myers and Sarah Jane Myers 1963 JSW Sunderland 63-90. Relief 90-92. Sold 1992

 as Blue Angel. For Sale in Holland 2014.

970 Frederick Edward Crick 1963 JSW Lowestoft 63-85. Sold 1986 as Helen Christina/Surf Rescue/Beluga.
971 Joseph Soar CS No.34 1963 JSW St. Davids 63-85. Dumbar 86-88. Shoreham 88-90. Sold 1992 as City of Bristol.

ON940 EX-RNLB Pentland at Saul JunctionGlos on 26/08/14 (Photo Bevis Musk)

ON 954 RNLB Soloman Brown which was tragically lost with all hands on 19/12/81 in the attempted rescue of the MV Union Staar (Photo Author unknown)

ON958 Laura Moncur in 1985 currently under restoration at Lowestoft ((Photo Mark Waltham)

ON964 The Baltic Exchange pictured at Salcombe 08/04/13 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

The last of the Watson-Class ON 971 Joseph Soarseen on 16/07/08. (Photo Mitchell Flock)

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