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Waveney-Class 44-Foot

 

Photographs are hard to come by for these boats. All contributions welcome!!

 

Specifications

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Dimensions 44' 10" x 12' 8" Speed 15.4 kts
Displacement 18-19t Range 190nm
Construction Steel hull Endurance  
Engines Twin diesel engines 203-260 bhp engines Crew 5

In the 60's the RNLI fleets boats were limited to around 8kts due to their hull design, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) had developed a 44-foot boat thatplaned over the water. The RNLI bought one of these and built it as the Waveney-class.  Built by Brooke Marine at Lowestoft, O/N 1001-1006, Groves and Gutteridge at Cowes, O/N 1026-1029, 1033-1036. Bideford Shipbuilders, Devon, O/N 1042-1045. Fairey Marine, Cowes O/N 1060, 1065 and 1079.

FLEET DETAILS

 

No. Name O/N Year Base/Comments
44-001 Unamed but nicknamed ""The Yank" 9999 1964 Built by the USCG at Curtis Bay, Maryland in 1964, Ex-USCG 44328. Used on trials/Relief 1964. To Falmouth 78-79. relief 79-96. Put on display at Chatham Museum from March 2007.
44-002 John F. Kennedy 1001 1966 (B348) Dun Laoghaire 1966. Officially named May 1967 To Relief 26/03/90. Sold 22/08/96 as Sara JFK, current at Royal Quays Marina, South Shields. To Eastbourne as Trip Boat 04/2016 as Fortitude. TO Brixham Dive and Charters, Brixham 2018 as John F. Kennedy.
44-003 Khami 1002 1967 (B349) Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. On station 19/08/67. To Relief 30/05/80. To Ramsgate 05/02/90 Relief 27/04/90 Sold 11/05/97 to Australia as. P& O Nedlloyd Stratheden at Botany Bay, NSW. To pleasure boat at Launceston, Tazmania.
44-004 Faithful Forester 1003 1967 (B350) Dover, Kent. On station 01/07/67. To Relief 02/10/79. To Holyhead, Anglesey  12/06/84. Relief 20/09. /85. Sold 27/06/97. To Australia as P&O Nedlloyd Strathmore at Narooma Division, NSW.  Crew boat at Freemantle, WA as Harbour Conquest from2011.
44-005 Margaret Graham 1004 1947 (B351) Harwich, Essex. On station 1967. To Relief 21/03/80 Amble,, Northumberland 09/06/86. Sold 22/07/99 as Pilot boat St. Hilda of Whitby.
44-006 Arthur and Blanche Harris 1005 1968 (B352) Barry Dock. On station 14/03/68. To Relief 1974. To Donaghadee 23/08/79. To Relief 07/12/85. Courtmacsherry Harbour 28/05/93. Relief 18/09/95. Sold  14/06/99 as P&O Nedlloyd Strathallen, Ulladulla Div 1999-2007. Broken Bay Div 2007-2009 To crew boat at Freemantle as. Harbour Crucader from 2009.
44-007 Connel Elizabeth Cargill 1006 1968 (B353) Troon, Ayrshire 1968. To Arklow 25/08/85. Relief 06/06/90. Portree 16/02/91. Relief 02/05/91. Sold 27/09/97 to Australia as P&O Nedlloyd Rawlpindi Sydeney Div, NSW 1999. Spare lifeboat at Middle  Harbour, Sydney from 2011.
44-008 Eric Seal (CS No.36) 1026 1974 (G&G368) Eyemouth 07/02/74. Sold 31/03/96. To Namibia as Spirit of Standard Bank. Current 2013.
44-009 Helen Turnbull 1027 1974 G&G369) Sheerness 04/04/74. To Achill Island 16/03/96. Relief 10/10/96 Sold 03/12/97. To Badger at Douglas, IOm. To Bowling Basin by 12/2015
44-010 Thomas Forehead and Mary Rowse II 1028( 1974 (G&G660)  Plymouth 22/05/74. Fowey 31/10/97. Relief 10/10/96. Sold 03/12/97. To New Zealand as Westgate Rescue. At Taranaki Rescue. At Picton 11/12 as private yacht.
44-011 Augustine Courtauld 1029 1974 (G&G661) Poole 17/11/74. To Relief 16/10/83. Troon 25/08/85. Plymouth  25/10/87. Relief 26/01/88. Arklow 06/06/90. Sold 19/02/97. To Auustralia 1999 as P&O Nedlloyd Strathaird Broken Bay Div 1999-2002. Trial Bay Div, NSW 2002. At Melbourne Port Services from 11/11.
44-012 The White Rose of Yorkshire 1033 1974 (G&G663) Whitby 24/12/74. Invergordon 12/12/88. Relief 04/05/96. to 22/03/97. Sold 1999 to Canada as 1A 001.
44-013 Thomas James King 1034 1975 (G&G664) St. Helier  08/02/75. Relief 13/12/89. To Dunbar )Torness) 07/93. To relief 17/12/95. to 01/06/97. Sold 1998 as Northesk at Montrose as Pilot Boat.
44-014 St. Patrick 1035 1975 (G&G665) Dunmore  East 19/03/75 to 07/10/96. Sold 1999 to Australia as P&O Nedlloyd Strathnaver. Batemans Bay Div, NSW 1999-2009. To
44-015 Lady of Lancashire 1036 1976 (G&G666) Fleetwood 24/01/76. Dun Laoghaire 15/10/89. Relief 29/06/95 to 08/05/96. Sold 1996 as Pilot Boat St. Boisil at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
44-016 Ralph and Joy Swann 1976 1042 (Bideford Y59) Ramsgate 17/06/76. Tobermory 05/02/90. Portree 01/02/9 Relief 07/06/96 Achill Island 10/10/97. Sold 26/01/98. Trip Boat West Swan at Port Howard, Falklands.
44-017 The Nelsons of Donaghadee 1043 1976 (Bideford Y60) Donaghadee 1976. Relief 08/09/78. Sunderland 17/04/90. Sold 28/03/97. To New Zeakland  1998 as Nicholsons Rescue From 1979 it was noted as Wavy Line with Mana Volunteer Coastguard..
44-018 The Scout 1044 1977 (Bideford Y61) Hartlepool 1977 to 24/07/97. Sold to Uruguay 1997 as ADES 14/16.
44-019 Louis Marches of Round Table 1045 1977 (Bideford Y62). Newhaven 05/05/77. Relief 09/08/75. Alderney  23/10/86. Exmouth  07/03/94. Relief 06/07/96. to 29/05/97. Sold to Australia 1999 as P&O Nedlloyd Rescu. Sold in 1998 as pleasure boat in New Zealand at Onetangi Beach, Auckland.e
44-020 John Fison 1060 1980 (FM687) Harwich 21/03/80. Relief 02/10/96 to 22/07/99 Sold 1999 to New Zealand as Hamilton Rotary Rescue. To workboat at Freemantle WA from 12/2016.
44-021 Barham 1065 1980 (FM694) Great Yarmouth and  Gorleston 30/05/80 To Relief 25/02/96 to 1999. Sold to New Zealand and now a pleasure boat Legend at Auckland.
. 44-022 The William and Jane 1079 1982 (FM710) Blyth 26/10/82. Larne 01/12/95. to 11/11/98. Sold 1999 to New Zealand as John Barton. Acland Rescue. Sold private 2005 as Gryphon.

"The Yank" 44-001 on display at RNLI Museum at Chatham (Photo Edward Bridges)

Former RNLB JFK Sara 44-002 at Eastbourne in April 2016, now renamed Fortitude (Photo Sarah Hewes)

Former 44-003 Khami in use as a safety boat at Beauty Poimnt, Tasmania on 19/01/17 )Photo Roly Walker)

 seen at Dunmore East 14/04/RNLB Faithful Forester 44-004/97 (Photo Courtesy Gary Markham)

Former-RNLB Margaret Graham 44-005 at Whitby as St. Hilda of Whitby on 03/06/15 (Photo Martin Fish)

The former 44-007 seen on the Brisbane River 02/02/17 (Photo Courtesy Tom Warr)

44-009 RNLB Helen Turnbull (Place, date and Author unnknown)

Former 44-009 now Badger at Bowling Basin, date unknown (Photo courtesy Wartsilla)

RNLB Thomas James King 44-013 passing Southwold heading South, date unknown (Photo TC2)

RNLB Louis Marchesi of Round Table 44-019 (Author and place unknown (Photo Gary Markham

Rnlb John Fissons 44-020 seen at Harwich, date unknoewn (Photo Gary Markham)

 

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