Previous names

  • RNLB Matthew Simpson.823
Certificate no 2039
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Hayling Island
Vessel type Watson Class Lifeboat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes
Built in 1939
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 3
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.90 feet (3.63 m)
4.20 feet (1.28 m)
Length: Overall
41.00 feet (12.51 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1939 by Groves & Guttridge as a Watson Class Lifeboat, PENROS was the first RNLI lifeboat to be converted from petrol to diesel in 1963, when she was fitted with a Ford Parsons Porbeagle engine, 48 hp. She then toured the coast of Britain stopping at many lifeboat stations to show the conversion.

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