R.N.L.B. Kenneth James Pierpoint
Fleetwood's all-weather lifeboat is a Shannon class lifeboat and was placed on station in 2016.
R.N.L.B. Kenneth James Pierpoint. was funded by a generous bequest from Kathleen Pierpoint, who’s brother, Kenneth, died in an accident in 1942, whilst training with 605 Squadron of the RAF.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. She’s the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.
Designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers, the RNLI harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure this new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service, building on systems developed for her big sister, the Tamar class lifeboat.
The Shannon lifeboat was designed to be launched and recovered from a beach via a new faster and safer launch and recovery system and can also be launched from a slipway or lie afloat.
The Shannon class will gradually replace our Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats, which are now nearing the end of their operational lives. Once rolled out, our entire all-weather lifeboat fleet will be capable of 25 knots, making our lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before.
The naming of the Shannon class lifeboat follows a tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. But it's the first time an Irish river has been chosen. The River Shannon is 240 miles in length and is the longest river in Ireland.
D-853 Harbet entered service at Fleetwood on 23rd February 2021. She is a IL1 D Class inflatable lifeboat, 5 meters in length and she has a 50 horse power outboard engine capable of 25 knots.
In May 1963, the RNLI introduced its first small high speed inflatable In-shore Rescue Boat (IRB), now known as the D Class in-shore lifeboat (ILB).
In May 1966, Fleetwood was to get one for these boats, IRB 91. The first service for the IRB was at 3.20am on October 15th,1966 to transfer a crew member of the fishing boat “Bingo” on to the larger lifeboat “Ann Letitia Russell”. From 1966 until 1984, the In-shore lifeboat was only on station at Fleetwood from Easter weekend until the end of October as these were the busiest months for the in-shore lifeboat. The ILB is now on Station all year round.
Fleetwood lifeboat station operates 2 lifeboats,
an Shannon class all-weather lifeboat & an D-class in-shore lifeboat.