Certificate no 2176
Status Registered
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Details

Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Cultra
Vessel type Liverpool Class Lifeboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes

Construction

Builder Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes
Built in 1949
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
10.23 feet (3.12 m)
Length: Overall
35.48 feet (10.82 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

WILLIAM AND LAURA served at Newcastle from 1949 to 1980. She was launched 58 times and saved 54 lives.

 

In 1949 ON703 L.P. AND ST.HELEN was withdrawn and replaced by a Liverpool class lifeboat named ON870 WILLIAM AND LAURA. In 1950, Patrick McClelland was appointed coxswain, replacing William Murphy who had stepped down from the position at the end of the previous year.

 

In 1955, the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Patrick McClelland in recognition of his skill and seamanship when the lifeboat rescued the crew of four of the fishing boat GEORGINA HUTTON which sank at the entrance to the Dundrum River in a fresh south-south-westerly wind and a rough sea in the darkness of the night of 10 November. The skipper of the fishing boat was French, and the French Consul in Belfast expressed thanks on his own behalf and on behalf of the French Government. In 1960, Michael F. Leneghan was appointed coxswain, replacing Patrick McClelland.

 

In 1980, WILLIAM AND LAURA was withdrawn and replaced by an Oakley class lifeboat ON974 JANE HAY.

 

In 2020, WILLIAM AND LAURA went on display at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Co Down.

 

Key dates

  • 1949

    Lifeboat built by Groves and Guttridge at Cowes, Isle of Wight

  • 1955

    The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Patrick McClelland in recognition of his skill and seamanship when the lifeboat rescued the crew of four of the fishing boat GEORGINA HUTTON

  • 1980

    Served at Newcastle from 1949 to 1980. Launched 58 times and saved 54 lives

  • 2008

    Purchased by National Museums Northern Ireland for display at Cultra, Co. Down, Ulster

  • 2020

    On display at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Co Down

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