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Buckie Lifeboat ‘William Blannin’
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The lifeboat William Blannin is the ninth lifeboat to serve at Buckie. The Severn Class lifeboat arrived on station in May 2003 and was officially named by Mrs Lizzie Campbell on Saturday 2nd August 2003. The lifeboat was funded from the generous bequest of Kenneth Maurice Williams together with other legacies and gifts.

The Severn class lifeboat was designed and developed by the RNLI staff to replace lifeboats that lie afloat, either at deep water moorings or at an alongside berth.  The design requirements were for two lifeboats of different sizes capable of greater speed and providing protected propellers and the ability to take to ground if required. The Severn and Trent class lifeboats were the result. Both lifeboats are capable of 25 knots and like all new all-weather lifeboats are self righting. The Severn class is constructed from fibre re-enforced composite (FRC) which combines strength with light weight.  A sandwich form of construction is used for the topsides, deck and superstructure.  Single skin construction is used for the hull bottom.  

The hull is subdivided into seven watertight compartments and the deckhouse contains permanent seating for six crew and a doctor, together with stretcher positions.  There is provision for two additional stretchers in the lower survivor space.  The Severn is fitted with a bow thruster and the electronics include radar, laser chart plotter, echo sounders, MF radio transmitter, VHF radio telephone, VHF direction finder, intercom system, and close circuit television.

Length  17m (55ft -9ins)  
Beam 5.73m (18ft)  
Draught (max) 1.8m (6ft)  
Displacement 38.5 tonnes  
Engines Twin Caterpillar diesels  
BHP 1250 each 
Fuel Capacity 5500 litres  
Crew 6 + 1 
Speed 25 knots  
Range 250 nautical miles  

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