Aguila Wren

Liverpool Class built 1951 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag

2242

Registered


Service Vessel

Lifeboat


Liverpool Class

Donaghadee


Undergoing Restoration

Unknown


No

No


02/03/2009

12/07/2011


Web site

www.jwlifeboat.co.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Engine

Diesel


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

10.52 feet (3.21 metres)


35.48 feet (10.82 metres)

To be confirmed


0.00


History

AGUILA WREN was built in 1951 and part-funded as a memorial to Wrens lost in the torpedoing of SS AGUILA in 1941. She served at Aberystwyth from 1951 to 1964 and, after a refit, she was transferred to Redcar in 1965. In total, she was launched 53 times and saved 38 lives. She was sold to Scunthorpe Sea Cadets to become a training ship in 1973. After some 20 years, AGUILA WREN was sold again and became a diving vessel at Tyne Dock.

In 2004, she was purchased and put into storage with a view to restoration.

Subsequent developments

September 2009
A Sustainability Award of £2000 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships.
Source: National Historic Ships.

May 2011
Following the securing of a generous grant from National Historic Ships, restoration of Aguila Wren has made significant progress with the fore mast restored and a new mast tabernacle made from scratch and galvanised, the two old scrap engines removed, the engine room cleared of sludge, scrubbed with detergent, repainted and fully restored and replacement engines obtained, and the helm and transmission system re-installed.

A new for'd sampson post has also been made from scratch and installed.

The race is now on to complete Aguila Wren in time for proposed exhibition at The London Boat Show at Excel in January 2012 but much remains to be done including the manufacture of gunwale seating port and starboard and the restoration of the engine room bulkhead.
Source: current owners.

July 2011
RNLI bowflags have been reapplied, together with vessel's original station name 'Aberystwyth Lifeboat'. Her original navigation lights, removed twenty years ago, have been tracked down to an owner in New Zealand. They will be acquired and refitted.
Source: current owners.

Key dates

  1. 1951 Built as a lifeboat by Groves and Gutteridge of Cowes Isle of Wight
  2. 1951/1954 Served as Aberystwyth lifeboat
  3. 1965 Transferred to Redcar after refit
  4. 1973 Became a Sea Cadet training ship at Scunthorpe
  5. 1993 Sold and became a diving vessel at Tyne Dock
  6. 2004 Sold and put into storage with a view to restoration.
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

copper fastened:

a vessel whose plank fastenings are of copper rather than iron