Arctic 24 Lifeboat - the 'Heather White'
The 'Heather White' was purchased in 2006 after a lot of hard work by the crew and volunteers towards the new lifeboat appeal. She cost over £140,000 in all and was built in Portsmouth by VT Halmatic.
The boat arrived in Southport in April 2007 and finally replaced the old lifeboat (Bessie Worthington) in July of the same year.
As the primary rescue boat at Southport, the 'Heather White' serves an area from the River Mersey to the River Ribble and up to 25 miles off shore.
Depending on the tide, the lifeboat can be launched within 10 minutes of the pagers going off and is the quickest rescue boat in the local area.
In 2018, she underwent a major refit at Habbeke Shipyard in The Netherlands, where new 150 Mariner outboards replaced the 135s, and the navigation system was updated to Raymarine Axiom Pros.
About the 'Heather White'
Name: Heather White
Call Sign: Southport Lifeboat
Manufacturer/Model: Halmatic, Arctic 24
Endurance at max speed: 4hrs
Top Speed: 48 knots
Weather Conditions: Up to force 9
Engine: 2 x Mariner 150HP four stroke
Electronics: Raymarine Axiom Pro 9s and 12s, Radar, Depth Sounder, AIS, Icom M506 EURO VHF DSC, EPIRB 406 MHz and a crew intercom.