Previous names

  • St Andrew
Certificate no 3687
Status Registered


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


Builder Osbourne, William, Littlehampton
Built in 1951
Hull material Wood
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.80 feet (3.60 m)
Air Draft
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
Length: Overall
41.00 feet (12.50 m)
Tonnage: Gross



Built by William Osbourne in 1952, the 41 ft Watso non-self-righting motor lifeboat was designed for stations which required a larger and more powerful boat but which could not accommodate the larger Watson types through boathouse or slipway constraints. 13 were built between 1933 and 1952.

ST ANDREW  ( RNLI No. ON 897) was the last Watson 41 to be built and was the forerunner of the Watson 42, introduced in 1954. The earlier Watson 41s had a forward shelter and an aft cockpit, both being constructed in mahogany. The last four 41s to be built, however, were built with one cockpit aft containing the wheel, engine controls, shelter for eight crew and access to the engine room. These later cockpits were constructed in aluminium. A hatch forward led to the survivors’ cabin.

She was stationed at Whitehills from March 1952 to December 59, where she became a reserve until 1961 where she was stationed in Girvan until 1968. She was them moved to Arklow until 1973 and finally sold out of service in 1982.



Key dates

  • 1952

    Built by William Osbourne

  • 1952

    Stationed at – Whitehills 9/3/52 to December 59

  • 1959

    Reserve 1959 to 1961 and 1973 to 1982

  • 1968

    Stationed at Arklow until1973

  • 1982

    Sold out of service

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