Certificate no 1772
Status Archived


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


Builder Unknown
Built in 1943
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
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
Length: Overall
48.46 feet (14.78 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


THE EARL AND COUNTESS HOWE was an Oakley Twin Screw motor lifeboat built in 1963 and was the prototype of the class designed by Richard Oakley. Five were built but in the late 1980s the Oakleys were prone to serious hull deterioration caused by electrolysis resulting from the water ballast system combining with the aluminium alloy construction of the inner bottom. THE EARL AND COUNTESS HOWE was the only boat of her class built with an open stern cockpit and was displayed at Poole for many years before being broken up in 2004 as being beyond economic repair.

Key dates

  • 1964

    Vessel sold out of lifeboat service

  • 2004

    Vessel believed to have been broken up

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