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The Good Shepherd comes back home to Anglesey

Lifeboats News Release

In 1876, the Shepherds Friendly Society supported the RNLI with the purchase of a lifeboat: The Good Shepherd. As a thank you, the RNLI gave the Society a replica model of the boat.

RNLI/Phil Williams

Coxswain,Robin Baker with Kim Harris

The model stayed with the Society until it was auctioned off and purchased by Kim Harris, Managing Director of the Society. The model has lived with Kim and his family for several years, but Kim decided it was time to return the boat to near its birth place on Anglesey.

Not only did Kim kindly donate the replica model, but he also donated a £400 cheque to RNLI Moelfre Lifeboat Station on behalf of the Society.

Anybody who wishes to view the model, or who would like to learn more about the history of the RNLI lifeboats and their volunteer crew can do so by visiting the RNLI Seawatch Centre at Moelfre.

How to find us:

Moelfre Lifeboat Souvenir Shop


01248 410300

Opening hours

Mid February–Easter






Seawatch Centre
LL72 8HY

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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