Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)
Legacy of Mrs Susan Hiscock
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More about the Severn Class
The Severn has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery. She is inherently self-righting and should it be knocked over in extreme weather, it will automatically right itself within a few seconds.
Her propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with the two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water.
In addition to her twin engines, the Severn is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability.
The comprehensive electronics include VHF and MF radios with DSC functionality, VHF direction finder, DGPS with electronic chart system and radar.
The Severn carries a small Y boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat complete with a 15hp outboard engine. This small craft can be launched with a crane and is used in moderate conditions to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach.
Comprehensive first aid equipment includes stretchers, oxygen and Entonox. Other equipment includes a portable salvage pump carried in a watertight container.
The last Severn class lifeboat was built in 2004. The lifeboats undergo a regular condition-based maintenance regime to check their condition.
Date introduced: 1995
Launch type: Afloat
Number in fleet: 35 at stations plus 9 in the relief fleet
Last built: 2004
Displacement: 42 tonnes
Max speed: 25 knots
Fuel capacity: 5,600 litres
Range/endurance: 250 nautical miles
Hull Construction: fibre-reinforced composite with single-skin section below the chine and 100mm thick foam-cored sandwich above
Deck and superstructure: 25mm foam-cored sandwich
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3412 TA marine diesel; 1,250hp each at 2,300rpm
Survivor capacity: Self-righting – 28, Non self-righting – 124