T.G.B. is a Watson twin screw motor lifeboat, built by J. & J. White of Cowes in 1962. Her yard number was W5520 and her working lifeboat number was 962. She was built to hold the weight of up to ninety-five people. She was the last vessel of her kind to be stationed at Longhope, Orkney. In March 1969, she was sent out to rescue a Liberian vessel, the IRENE. T.G.B. capsized and all eight crew members were lost, three of them from one family. She was not self-righting and, after the Longhope disaster, all subsequent lifeboats were fitted with self-righting systems and it was ensured that crew members came from different families. T.G.B. was re-furbished and relocated to Aranmore, County Donegal, Ireland. She retired from there in 1979 and was eventually sold out of service in 1986. She is now a museum vessel, based in Scotland.
Watson class motor lifeboat built by J. & J. White of Cowes
Capsized and all eight crew lost after being sent to rescue Liberian vessel the IRENE
Refurbished and relocated to Arranmore, County Donegal, Ireland
Retired from service in Ireland but retained as relief lifeboat
Sold out of service to become museum vessel based in Scotland
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