Our current Atlantic 85 lifeboat named 'RICHARD WAKE BURDON' came into service on 19th September 2012.

Introduction
RNLI lifeboats can be divided into two categories: inshore and all-weather. The B class lifeboat is one of three classes of inshore lifeboat (ILB) – the B, D and E classes. The B class usually operates closer to shore than all-weather lifeboats, in shallower water, close to cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.
There are two types of B class lifeboat – the Atlantic 75 and the Atlantic 85. The name Atlantic is derived from Atlantic College in Wales, where the rigid inflatable B class was first developed. ‘75’ and ‘85’ are derived from a length of nearly 7.5m and 8.5m respectively. The Atlantic 75 was introduced into the fleet in 1993 and the Atlantic 85 in 2005.The RNLI allows it's various classes of lifeboat a working life of around 20-25 years, so designers and engineers are frequently looking at ways to improve and develop a new class of boat.

Our Newbiggin Atlantic
Newbiggin's Atlantic 75 B class lifeboat was 'CSMA 75th Anniversary' and she operated here from August 1998 until September 2012. She was slightly longer and broader than the previous Atlantic 21'Kirklees' and her name is derived from her length of nearly 7.5 metres.
The Atlantic 75 replacement is an Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat named 'Richard Wake Burdon' that began her service at Newbiggin during September 2012. The lifeboat's twin 110hp outboard engines make her the fastest lifeboat in the fleet, with a hull design providing a softer ride for the crew and the survivors. The four crew sit on a delta-shaped console in the centre of the lifeboat, with the helmsman steering with one hand whilst adjusting the throttle with the other.
The lifeboat is fully fitted out by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre at Cowes. A roll bar assembly above the engines on the stern of the boat provides the mounting for a self righting bag, stowed flat. In the event of a capsize, a crew member activates a gas bottle to inflate the bag. The lifeboat turns upright in a few seconds. The engines are inversion-proofed and can restart after a capsize.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat is a rigid inflatable which can operate in both daylight and darkness, having radar and direction finding technology on board.