Swanage RNLI

Past & present boats

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Saving lives off the Dorset coast from Swanage since 1875.

Robert Charles Brown (12-23)

July 1992 to April 2016

The Mersey was the first ‘fast’ carriage slipway lifeboat, introduced to the RNLI fleet in 1988. It was designed mainly to be launched from a carriage but can also lie afloat or be slipway launched when required. Propellors are fully protected by partial tunnels and substantial bilge keels allowing the boat to take the ground without damage.

Robert Charles Brown (12-23)
  • Equipment onboard: The latest navigation and radar equipment, 2 VHF radios, a handheld VHF radio, comprehensive first aid kit, 2 stretchers, pain relieving gas and oxygen, salvage pump, fire fighting equipment, 15 illuminating parachute flares, 2 red distress flares, small inflatable dinghy for inshore work, life-raft, drogue and a long tow line.
  • Length: 11.77 metres (38ft 7in)
  • Beam: 4.0 metres (13ft)
  • Engine: 2 x Caterpillar 3208T producing 320hp each
  • Displacement: Approx 14 tonnes
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Range: 140 nautical miles
  • Crew: 6
  • Construction: Aluminium or FRC (Fibre Re-inforced Composite)