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Swanage Diver

An ex-RNLI Medina Class Lifeboat I believe.
Any ideas as to where she was based ?

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As far as I can see that website does'nt have any information on the boat's RNLI history, hence the original question !
 

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Martin,
I don't think she got past the trials stage. I seem to remember they tried all sorts of propulsion systems including twin / triple outboards but I don't think it was a success at all.
 

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This is from a text over the dutch lifeboat-development

......In 1979 the first prototype was launched. The Mountbatten of Burma had a length of 12 m., beam of 4.35 m., and a draught of 1,15 m. The boat weighed 7.1 tons and could take 85 rescued people aboard. Two 212 HP Sabre engines each driving a Z-propeller, gave a maximum speed of 26 knots. The Z-drives showed to be no success and were later replaced by three outboard engines........
 

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Looking at RNLI Motor Lifeboats by Nicholas Leach,ON 1069 Mountbatten of Burma was on trials at Brighton in 1983 and stored at Littlehampton,sold in 1989
 

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You see the RNLI can never do anything simple - they've always got to try and "reinvent the wheel" so to speak!
 

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Or you may see that the RNLI are always pushing the boundaries of boat design in order to develop safer and more capable lifeboats!
 

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There were three Medinas bulid by the RNLI. One is now Swanage Diver, the other is the MRI 42. But where is the third?
Any information?

SJ
 

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There is a big RIB diving boat based at Portland called Protector. She used to be called Eastern Protector & belonged to a Fisheries protection agency in Northumberland.
Her hull looks quite similiar to Swanage Diver & she is of a similiar size. I know the boat was around in the early eighties with an "Island" type wheelhouse so it maybe the "lost" Medina.
 

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