Certificate no 2691
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Kyle of Lochalsh
Vessel type Watson 46 Class Lifeboat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Robertson & Sons, Alex, Sandbanks
Built in 1938
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
46.00 feet (14.02 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
4.30 feet (1.31 m)
Air Draft
9.00 feet (2.74 m)
Tonnage: Gross


CANADIAN PACIFIC was built as a Watson 46 lifeboat by Alexander Robertson & Sons Ltd of Sandbanks boatyard, Holy Loch and is of double diagonal timber construction with a hull of Honduras Mahogany. She is powered by twin Parsons Barracuda Mk 1 diesel engines, installed in 1961.

The lifeboat was financed by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company and arrived on station as the Selsey lifeboat in August 1938 and saved many ditched airmen from both sides during the Second World War. She saved the royal sailing yacht BLOODHOUND and the crews of two other vessels during a hurricane off Selsey Bill in July 1956. She was re-engined and refitted in 1961-62 and removed from Selsey to the RNLI relief fleet in 1969. She was then sold out of service in 1977 to Scrabster Harbour Trust and became the Scrabster Pilot. The vessel is now in private ownership.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by Alexander Robertson & Sons Ltd, Sandbanks, Holy Loch

  • 1938

    Commissioned as Selsey lifeboat

  • 1956

    Saved Royal sailing yacht Bloodhound and two other vessels during hurricane off Selsey Bill

  • 1961/62

    Re-engined and refitted

  • 1969

    Removed to the RNLI relief fleet

  • 1977

    Sold out of service to the Scrabster Harbour Trust and became the Scrabster Pilot

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