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Chiswick RNLI


The E class is the fastest lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet and on service at only two lifeboat stations – Tower and Chiswick, on the River Thames.

The E class has been designed to meet the demands of the Thames with its fast-running tide, powerful debris and heavy traffic

The equipment includes radar, GPS chart plotter, marine radio, police radio, blue lights, siren, night-vision equipment, first aid, oxygen, entonox, defibrillator. The fast response craft was developed with waterjets that give it excellent manoeuvrability in the rapidly moving river flow.

E Class MkII

The E class features a working platform at the stern that makes it easier to recover survivors from the water.

Survivor capacity: 20 + 1 stretcher.

Max speed 40 knots

Hamilton Water Jets

Twin Volvo 435HP diesels

10.5m length 3.5m beam 0.7m draft

Photo Gallery

See all the equipment close up, start the engines, turn on the siren, do a radio check with the Coastguard

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Harald constructed the panorama with over 800 photographs painstakingly stitched together with sophisticated software. He has used the same technique on many other projects - see his website