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The Severn class lifeboat is the largest lifeboat used by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The class is named after the River Severn, the longest river in Great Britain.

Our Severn "Margaret Foster" entered service on 26th March 1998.  A legacy left by the lifelong RNLI supporter, Margaret Foster, of Emsworth on the south coast of England met her cost.

There are forty-six Severn class lifeboats serving the RNLI around the coast of the UK and Ireland since the introduction of the class in 1996.  It carries a Y Class inflatable boat, which can be deployed by an on-board crane for use in shallow water.

Severns have a comprehensive electronics fit including full MF and VHF DSC radio equipment, DGPS Navigator, an electronic chart system, VHF/DF, radar and weather sensors.  For added manoeuvrability, in addition to twin engines, the Severn also has a bow thruster fitted.  The propellers are enclosed so the Severn can take ground without damaging them.

The Severn is constructed of fibre reinforced composite material, and the hard chine semi-displacement hull built to a two compartment standard, meaning it can stay afloat with two of its five compartments flooded.  Provision for survivors includes comprehensive first aid equipment including stretchers, oxygen and Entonox.

Severns carry a portable salvage pump in a water-tight container, and can also carry out pumping and fire fighting tasks using the engine driven general service pump.

The prototype boat (ON 1179, operational number 17-01) was launched in 1991 and was named Maurice and Joyce Hardy.  Trials started the following year and lasted until 1998.  It was transferred to training work when it carried operational number TR02, but was withdrawn in 1998.

On January 21st 2012 Margaret Foster returned to Kirkwall after an extensive refit in Girvan.  During this refit the engines and propellers were replaced.  Replacing 2 x  1,250 hp  Caterpillar engines are 2 x 1600 hp MTU units and 2 x 4 bladed propellers were replaced by more efficient 5 bladed props.

 

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Kirkwall Lifeboat Station 2010

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