RNLB David Kirkaldy – from Aran Island to Aaran House
Ironically, the RNLB David Kirkaldy is normally stationed at Aran Islands – Last night it found itself outside Aaran House, here in Weymouth – some coincidence!
At 17 metres (55 ft 9 in) long, the Severn class is the largest lifeboat operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Introduced to service in 1996, the class is named after the River Severn, the longest river in Great Britain. They are stationed at 35 locations around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide coverage up to 50 miles (80 km) out to sea.
RNLB David Kirkaldy has Operation Number – 17-06 and is stationed at Aran Islands. It shares characteristics with the Severn Class lifeboats, viz:
|Displacement:||40 t (39 long tons)|
|Length:||17 m (55 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||5.5 m (18 ft 1 in)|
|Draught:||1.38 m (4 ft 6 in)|
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h)|
|Range:||250 nmi (460 km)|