Registration number 2693
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Lifeboat
Location Bristol
Vessel type Watson 46 Class Lifeboat
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1938
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
46.00 feet (14.02m)
Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66m)
3.00 feet (0.91m)
Tonnage: Gross


DUNLEARY II is a Watson lifeboat of teak double diagonal construction and has twin BMC diesel engines. She was built by J Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight in1938 and was commissioned to Kingston (Dun Laoghaire).and remained there until 1967 when she was replaced by a new lifeboat. Subsequently she served at Lochinver, Plymouth, Cowes and Troon until sold out of service in 1974 .

Whilst in RNLI service she was launched 138 times and saved 145 lives. After de-commissioning she was converted for private use by J Hinks & Son of  Appledore and purchased by Captain T Mann, later owned by Mr P Claydon before being bought by her present owner.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by J Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight asa Lifeboat for the RNLI

  • 1938-67

    Served as the Lifeboat for Kingston, Dun Laoghaire

  • 1957

    Renamed Dun Laoghaire

  • 1967-69

    Vessel relocated to Lochinver as the Lifeboat

  • 1970

    Vessel relocated to Torbay as the Lifeboat

  • 1971-72

    Vessel relocated to Troon as the Lifeboat.

  • 1974

    Sold to Capt T Mann of Liverpool and converted into a Houseboat.  Whilst in RNLI Service she was launched 138 times and saved 145 lives

  • 2006

    Sold to present owner

  • 2011

    Forward Spray Rails replaced in Iroko, ply inserts removed from hull on both sides

  • 2013

    Hull repainted

  • 2015

    Vessel is in Wapping Wharf, Bristol Floating Harbour in good condition and used as a Houseboat

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