USCG 44ft Motor Lifeboats and the Waveney

The 44' MLB was designed by the U.S. Coast Guard, with work starting on the prototype (USCG 44300) in April 1961, being completed on the 9 March 1962. A total of 110, 44' MLB's were built for the U.S. Coast Guard, with the last boat (USCG 44409) being completed in 1972. 

Great interest was shown in the 44' MLB at the Ninth International Lifeboat Conference in Scotland in 1963, which eventually resulted in several countries adopting the design with some modifications for their own lifesaving organisations. 

The RNLI acquired the USCG 44328 in 1964, giving her the number 44-001, and built a further 21, naming the class "Waveney" after the river in which the first boats were built.  The first of the production-built Waveney class boats, RNLB John F Kennedy, was stationed at Dun Laoghaire from 1967 until 1989.

The video at this link is well worth a look, displaying the superb seakeeping qualities of the Waveney's American cousin!