Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station maintains two rescue boats – the 14-metre ‘Trent’ class SAMARBETA – Swedish for ‘Working Together’ – used for its seagoing rescues and the Seahorse IV – an Atlantic 75 rigid inflatable used for river and inshore rescues.
The all-weather lifeboat cost £1,025,000 to build, with most of the money coming from the proceeds of raffles for Volvo cars kindly supplied to the R.N.L.I. by Volvo Car UK Limited, along with legacies from Elizabeth Longman and Constance Rogers.
A competition was held to find a suitable name, with the winner being 13 year old Jonathan Griffiths of Redditch. He and his parents attended the naming ceremony. The image left is of the Samarbeta in rough waters near Great Yarmouth.
The Service of Dedication was conducted by the Rev. Albert Cadmore, the station’s Honorary Chaplain, with Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra performing the naming service. Afterwards, Princess Alexandra went for a short trip in the new lifeboat, being accompanied by the lifeboats from Cromer, Caister and one from Holland.
|Length:||14.26m (46ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||4.9m (16ft 1 in)|
|Engines:||Two 800 h.p. ‘MAN’ diesel engines|
|Range:||250 n miles|
|Construction:||Fibre Reinforced Composite|