Baltimore RNLI gets new lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI has just put a new lifeboat into service, replacing one which over the last two years helped to rescue 17 people during 21 call-outs.
The Baltimore crew’s new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat is called the Rita Daphne Smyth.
It was named in the memory of a late native of Harrow in Middlesex, England, who was a supporter of the charity’s volunteers for many years.
Prior to her death in 2014, she left a bequest to purchase a lifeboat.
The new lifeboat replaces the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat, Patricia Jennings, which had been in service in Baltimore since 2016. The new lifeboat is more advanced that its immediate predecessor. It is 10 metres longer than the Atlantic 75 and allows room for four crew members onboard instead of three.
The rib is powered by two 115 horsepower engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed of 35 knots.
Its improved radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility and it’s also equipped with VHF direction-finding equipment.
The vessel also has a manually operated self-righting mechanism which combined with inversion-proofed engines keeps the lifeboat operational even after capsize.
The Atlantic 85, introduced to the RNLI fleet in 2005, also carries a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and flares for night-time operations.
Tom Bushe, Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said local volunteers were extremely grateful to Miss Smyth for the generous legacy donation which funded the new lifeboat.
“There is also a sense of nostalgia among us too as we bid a fond farewell to the Patricia Jennings who provided us with two great years of service.
“Its time here in Baltimore brought many people safely to shore,” Mr Bushe added.
Baltimore RNLI welcomes new its news Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, which went on service at the station last week