All Weather Lifeboat

  "Esme Anderson"

Our all weather lifeboat the Esme Anderson (14-02) has been stationed at Ramsgate since 1994. She was handed over to the RNLI on the 25th October 1994 by Christopher Oldham, the son of the donor, the late Esme Anderson. She is the second boat on the south coast to carry this name, the first being the Newhaven lifeboat which was named after Mrs Oldham’s stepfather Keith Anderson.


The Esme Anderson is a Trent class lifeboat, this class is the fourth in a line of fast afloat boats (FAB). Production of the Trent’s started in 1993 with Ramsgate receiving the first production boat. She is designed to lie afloat and can be seen moored along side the new (1998) boathouse in the outer harbour.


Some of the features of the Trent are her substantial bilge keels which allows her to take the ground without sustaining damage to her propellers and a sheerline which sweeps down to make it easier when recovering survivors.

3D Computer Model By: Simon Meacock

  The Trent Class Lifeboat

First built
1992 (prototype)
Last built


Number built


Launch type



14.26m (46ft 9in)


4.9m (16ft 1in)




27.5 tonnes


25 knots


250 n. miles




2 x MAN 2840 marine diesel; 850hp each at 2,300rpm

Fuel capacity

4,100 litres (900 gal) approx.


Hull: Epoxy fibre-reinforced composite with 100mm thick foam-cored sandwich

Deck and superstructure: 25mm foam-cored sandwich

Survivor capacity

Self-righting: 20

Non self-righting: 73

Photos © Lt. Cdr. Russell Clark

Ramsgate Lifeboat

 In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard


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