RNLB HENRY ALSTON HEWAT
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.
The Severn Class has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery. She is inherently self-righting and should it be knocked over in extreme weather, it will automatically right itself within a few seconds. Her propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with the two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water.
In addition to her twin engines, the Severn is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability.
The comprehensive electronics include VHF and MF radios with DSC functionality, VHF direction finder, DGPS with electronic chart system and radar.
The Severn carries a small Y boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat complete with a 15hp outboard engine. This small craft can be launched with a crane and is used in moderate conditions to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach.
Comprehensive first aid equipment includes stretchers, oxygen and Entonox.
Other equipment includes a portable salvage pump carried in a watertight container.
RNLB HENRY ALSTON HEWAT
RNLI Official Number: 1250
Call Sign: MBSA3
Built in 2000
Dimensions 17m x 5.5m x 1.38m
Construction Fibre Reinforced Composite
Engines 2 x Caterpillar 3412 (1250-hp) Crew 6
Survivor capacity: Self-righting – 28 - Non self-righting – 124
Placed on station at Mallaig, on the west coast of Scotland, on 30 January 2001.
Thursday 2nd January:
Lifeboat launched at 02.55hrs to convey police personnel to the Isle of Eigg to investigate the sudden death of an islander there. Once police had concluded their investigation, the body was taken on board the Lifeboat and subsequently back to the mainland. Lifeboat arrived back at Mallaig at 07.40 hrs, refuelled and read: for service at 08.00 hrs.
Friday 10th January:
At the request of the Stornoway Coastguard, Mallaig Lifeboat was launched at 20.00 hrs to go to the assistance of the ﬁshing trawler Guide Us which had suffered complete engine failure 1 mile north of Isle Ornsay Lighthouse. The skipper of the ﬁshing vessel had managed to alert the Coastguard to his predicament before he lost communications due to low battery power, but fortunately the weather was fairly calm with a full moon illuminating the area much to everyone’s advantage.
Utilising radar and Searchlight, the darkened vessel was located at 20.30 hrs and a towline quickly established. Lifeboat berthed the Guide Us alongside Mallaig Pier at 22.30 hrs.
Tuesday 28th January:
Lifeboat launched at 23.20 hrs to medivac a patient from the Knoydart Peninsula. A 45 year old male was experiencing chest pains at his lodgings in Airor on the north side of the peninsula. On scene at 23.40 hrs, the Lifeboat was unable to berth at Airor Pier due to the low tide conditions. Consequently the Y-boat was launched with three crew proceeding ashore to recover the casualty, who was able to walk down the beach and board the Y-boat.
Once casualty and Y-boat were taken on board, the Lifeboat set off for Mallaig, berthing there at 00.10hrs on Wednesday morning. The casualty was handed over to the awaiting Ambulance team for onward transmission to the Belford Hospital.
Some years ago my godmother who lives In Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, was taken seriously ill and had to be rushed to Oban on the mainland. As the last ferry of the day had already left the Tobermory lifeboat was called out and rushed her to the mainland. This is a common task for the lifeboats of the west coast of Scotland - coming to the aid of the isolated island communities.
Sources: Neil Rush’s Lifeboat World On-Line - http://www.lifeboatsonline.com/RNLIContents.html; http://www.mallaigheritage.org.uk/exhibit/lifeboat.htm; Mallaig Lifeboat logs - http://www.mallaigheritage.org.uk/exhibit/lb2014.htm;
Mozambique 2013 175.00 MT sgMS?, scott? (in margin of sheet)