Workington welcomes new Shannon

On Wednesday 5 April, Workington Lifeboat Station in Cumbria received its new Shannon-class lifeboat (fleet number 13-19), named Dorothy May White.

Workington's new Shannon

Steve Lowe

The Shannon will replace Workington’s current all-weather Tyne class lifeboat, Sir John Fisher, which is nearing the end of her operational life. The new all-weather lifeboat will be powered by water jets instead of propellers, be more agile and 50% faster than its predecessor.

Workington RNLI launched an appeal in June 2016 to raise £150,000 towards the cost of a new Shannon lifeboat, which cost £2 million in total. The boat was named in memory of the late Dorothy May White, a long-time RNLI supporter who left a generous legacy of over £1 million. It was also part-funded by a £500,000 donation from the Sir John Fisher Foundation.

This Shannon will be launched and recovered using a specially engineered crane, known as a davit system. It was previously used to launch Workington’s Tyne-class but has been modified to take the new Shannon-class. This is necessary as Workington’s lifeboat station is located at the Prince of Wales Dock – the crane will allow the boat to be launched and recovered over the dock wall.

Anticipating her arrival, Workington crew are eager to familiarise themselves with their new Shannon.

Workington RNLI Coxswain, John Stobbart, said:

‘Our Tyne class lifeboat has served us proudly since 1992. Naturally though, we’re very excited about receiving a Shannon, whose advanced technology means we’ll be able to reach people a lot more quickly and further off shore.’