Aberdeen currently has two Lifeboats on Station, the all weather lifeboat is the Severn Class RNLB Bon Accord and the inshore lifeboat is the D Class RNLB Margaret II.

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RNLB Bon Accord

RNLB Bon Accord was introduced to Aberdeen as the city’s new lifeboat in July 2000, taking over from RNLB Mickie Salvesen, the 52ft Arun Class Lifeboat, formerly of Kirkwall. Her £1.8 million cost was met through generous donations and bequests and also from a massive fund raising campaign, started by the then Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Margaret Farqhuar, across the city throughout 1999 – 2000.

RNLB Bon Accord is the third lifeboat to be stationed at Aberdeen, bearing the Bon Accord name.The previous two Bon Accords were built in 1853 and 1875 and stationed at Footdee and the harbour as the Beach and Harbour Lifeboats until 1924.

The name Bon Accord comes from the motto of the City of Aberdeen’s Coat of Arms. The phrase was used in the 14th century as a password by King Robert the Bruce as he and his men laid seige to Aberdeen Castle and killed the English Garrison, retaking Aberdeen for the townspeople.

Aberdeen Lifeboat carries a crew of 6 and, if required, a Doctor. She is moored afloat, as all Severn Class Lifeboats are, and she has a range of 250nm at full speed.

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RNLB Bon Accord is powered by two 27 litre twin turbo intercooled Caterpiller 3412 DITA engines which deliver 1250hp each at 2300rpm. She carries 1200 gallons of diesel in her bunkers and burns, at full speed, 2 gallons of diesel per minute.

To learn more about the Severn Class, please visit the Severn’s Page on the RNLI Website here.

Visit the Refit Gallery to see pictures of RNLB Bon Accord undergoing her first major refit in 2006