Certificate no 1732
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location NONE
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1962
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.98 feet (3.96 m)
Length: Overall
46.98 feet (14.33 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


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.

Key dates

  • 1962

    Watson class motor lifeboat built by J. & J. White of Cowes

  • 1969

    Capsized and all eight crew lost after being sent to rescue Liberian vessel the IRENE

  • 1970

    Refurbished and relocated to Arranmore, County Donegal, Ireland

  • 1979

    Retired from service in Ireland but retained as relief lifeboat 

  • 1986

    Sold out of service to become museum vessel based in Scotland

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