The 1989 built 47′ Tyne Class, ON1153, Annie Blaker, seen here on her slipway at Wicklow in Ireland 2017 (pic. Nick Leach) where she has been on station since 1989, currently in March 2019 she is the very last Tyne in RNLI service and after an impressive 30 years will be retired at some time in the next few weeks and will be replaced with a Shannon Class Lifeboat. Annie Blaker was the 35th of 40 Tyne Class lifeboats to be built.
The first was ON1074, 47-001, City of London, serving Selsey from 1983 – 2006 and the last built was ON1158, 47-040, Hermione Lady Colwyn that served at Shoreham Harbour from 1990 to 2010). Since retiring from RNLI Service 8 were sold to China and are serving as lifeboats, 5 are serving other lifeboat services in places as diverse as Canada and Sri Lanka, 23 are in private/business use as workboats, pilot boats, fast ferries and pleasure craft in places such as Portishead in England, California in the USA, a number in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and even one in Togo (West Africa).
Three are now allocated for Museums; ON1131, 47-023 City of Sheffield at the National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield, ON1132, 47-020 Spirit of Lowestoft to the RNLI Museum Chatham and ON1146, 47-031 Voluntary Worker at Glasson Dock).
All the Tynes have an excemplary service record and of course their fabulous Detroit Diesel engine sound will be much missed!
Thanks to the excellent Lifeboat Enthusiasts Handbook 2019 for reference material.