14-32 Corinne Whiteley (ON 1253)
|Operators:||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
|Preceded by:||Arun, Tyne, Waveney|
|Displacement:||27.5 long tons (28 t)|
|Length:||14.26 m (46 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||4.9 m (16 ft 1 in)|
|Draught:||1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × MAN D2840LE 401 diesel engines, 860 hp (641 kW)|
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h)|
|Range:||250 nmi (460 km)|
non self-righting: 73
The Trent class lifeboat is an all-weather lifeboat operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) from 30 stations around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland to provide coverage up to 50 miles (80 km) out to sea. Introduced to service in 1994, the class is named after the River Trent, the second longest river wholly in England.
In the 1980s the RNLI's Arun and Waveney all-weather lifeboats provided coverage 30 miles (48 km) out to sea, operating at up to 18 knots (33 km/h) to cover the distance in two hours in good weather. However the RNLI felt that they needed the capability to extend their coverage to 50 miles (80 km) radius which would require lifeboats with a top speed of 25 knots (46 km/h). This resulted in the 14 metres (46 ft) Trent and 17 metres (56 ft) Severn lifeboats.
The prototype for the Trent class was built in 1991. It was used for trials until 1994, when it was put into active service at Alderney Lifeboat Station. It remained on station there until their own boat was available in 1995, since when it has served in the relief fleet. Construction of its sister boats continued until 2004.
The Trent is intended to lie afloat at moorings. It has five water-tight bulkheads to create six compartments: fore peak; fore store; survivor cabin; tank space; machinery space; and aft peak steering compartment. Above these is the main deckhouse which has seats for the six crew and a doctor. This is another water-tight space which provides the boat's self-righting capability.
Designed and built by Green Marine, each boat is constructed of over 100 mm thick fibre reinforced composite topsides, single laminate double hull bottoms, 4 water-tight bulkheads and prepreg epoxy, glass and Kevlar shields.
The Trent has a service life of 25 years, although current estimates appear to exceed these original operational confines due to constant on-station maintenance, periodic refitting and sporadic repairs. In comparison with its predecessors, the boat has numerous additional advantages which aid in the overall success of every launch. One detail would be its condensed hull, which allows it to operate in significantly constrained locations (such as marina berths and dense quayside scenes).
Another aspect aiding in its confined manoeuvrability would be the bilge keels which aid in protecting its twin drive props. Its hull sheerline sweeps down into an area known as the welldeck, which dramatically helps with ease of casualty recovery. The remote location of an a-frame hoist also provides additional assistance for particularly awkward recoveries (such as casualties in stretchers) .
As of 2006, each Trent class lifeboat is complemented with an array of advanced technologies. Each device provides full assistance in search and rescue operations, and therefore must be of an officially high standard. The comprehensive electronics fit includes full radio equipment including Navtex Multi-Frequency, Marine Very High Frequency and DSC installations. For navigation the crew utilize an array of digital select systems including DGPS equipment, and an electronic Laserplot chart display and information system which allows complete automated management via the vessel's on-board processors (autohelm), although comparatively infrequent in practice.
VHF/DF, radar and weather sensors are other features pertaining to the lifeboat. Provisions for survivors include complete First Aid Equipment including the Basket and Neill Robertson stretchers, oxygen and Entonox breathing systems, ambulance pouch, thermodynamic food canisters and even sick bags for ailing casualties. Trent's house a small toilet arrangement, while the afterdeck houses a salvage pump in a water-tight container for use in inter-vessel salvage, while the presence of two fire hoses allow proficient fire fighting. The Trent carries an inflatable XP-boat which is powered by a 5 hp outboard engine, and can be deployed in slight conditions to gain access to rocks or beaches when an inshore lifeboat is otherwise unavailable.
|ON||Op. No.||Name||In service||Station||Comments|
|1180||14-01||Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma||1994–||Relief fleet|
|1198||14-03||Blue Peter VII||1994–||Fishguard|
|1199||14-04||Roy Barker I||1995–||Alderney|
|1200||14-05||Anna Livia||1995–||Dun Laoghaire|
|1204||14-06||Windsor Runner (C.S. No. 42)||1995–2004
|1205||14-07||Frederick Storey Cockburn||1995–||Courtmacsherry Harbour|
|1206||14-08||Douglas Aikman Smith||1996–||Invergordon|
|1207||14-09||Sir Ronald Petchell Bt.||1995–2008||Dunbar||Damaged beyond repair|
|1208||14-10||Samarbeta||1996–||Great Yarmouth and Gorleston|
|1211||14-13||George and Ivy Swanson||1996–||Sheerness|
|1212||14-14||George and Mary Webb||1996–||Whitby|
|1213||14-15||Henry Heys Duckworth||1996–||Relief fleet|
|1214||14-16||Stanley Watson Barker||1996–||Portree|
|1215||14-17||Elizabeth and Ronald||1996–||Dunmore East|
|1222||14-18||Maurice and Joyce Hardy'’||1996–||Fowey|
|1224||14-20||Roy Barker II||1997–||Wick|
|1226||14-22||Edward Duke of Windsor||1997–||Relief fleet|
|1227||14-23||Mora Edith MacDonald||1997–||Oban|
|1228||14-24||Dora Foster McDougall||1997–||Relief fleet|
|1234||14-26||Gough Ritchie II||1998–||Port St Mary|
|1239||14-27||Robert Hywell Jones Williams||1999–||Fenit|
|1240||14-28||Sam and Ada Moody||1999–||Achill|
|1245||14-29||Inner Wheel II||2000–||Barry Dock|
|1246||14-30||Dr John McSparran||2000–||Larne|
|1252||14-31||Elizabeth of Glamis||2001–||Broughty Ferry|
|1253||14-32||Corinne Whiteley||2001–||Relief fleet|
|1258||14-33||Roy Barker III||2002–||Howth|
|1259||14-34||Willie & May Gall||2002–||Fraserburgh|
|1266||14-35||John Neville Taylor||2002–2008
'ON' is the RNLI's Official Number; 'Op. No.' Is the operational number carried on the hull. Stations given correct in 2009 unless otherwise stated.
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- Denton, Tony (2009). Handbook 2009. Shrewsbury: Lifeboat Enthusiasts Society. pp. 32–35.
- Leach, Nicholas (2002). Fowey Lifeboats, an Illustrated History. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 0-7524-2378-9.
- Salsbury, Alan (2010). pp. 129–140. Missing or empty
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