Certificate no 1954
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Dun Laoire
Archive reason Overseas Watch List
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1911
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.60 feet (3.84 m)
3.60 feet (1.10 m)
Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.73 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


DUNLEARY was the first motor lifeboat provided by the civil service fund and has an excellent wartime rescue history. She was built in 1919 and was named by the Countess of Fingall in honour of her launching place. She remained stationed in Dun Loaghaire, Ireland, until 1939 and made a total of 81 launches, saving 85 lives. Her war service was at Lytham and in those years alone she made 34 launches, rescuing 28 people. She was sold out of service at Sunderland and converted to a motor sailer by Lambies Boatbuilders.

DUNLEARY was bought by her present owners in 1970, much in need of a thorough overhaul of her cabin superstructure. The hull was in good condition, but a new trawler-style wheelhouse has since been built and fitted.

As of 2018, the vessel has been brought back to her former station of Dun Laoire on the East Coast of Ireland, there's a project underway to restore her to her former glory.

Key dates

  • 1919

    Built by J Samuel White & Co of East Cowes, Isle of Wight as a Lifeboat for the Civil Service No7 Lifeboat Fund

  • 1919-39

    Served as a Lifeboat in Kingston, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

  • 1939-51

    Served as a Lifeboat in Lytham-St-Annes.  In her career as a Lifeboat, she was launched 81 times and saved 85 lives

  • 1951

    Sold to a Port Authority doctor in Sunderland and converted to a motor sailor

  • 1970

    Bought by Mr Jack B Belfield and Ms Pat Jopling.  A complete overhaul of the cabin superstructure carried out.  It was fitted with an engine that seized and replaced with a 5.1 BMC Sealord 106 HP 6-Cyl Diesel

  • 1981

    She was moved from the River Wear to the River Tyne

  • 1992

    Refitted on the River Tyne

  • 2003

    She was moved to Warkworth Harbour Commission Yard at Amble, Northumberland after vandalism

  • 2015

    Vessel is thought to be in fair condition in the WHC Yard Amble adjacent to the RNLI Station

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