Read the latest updates on the Launch a Memory relief lifeboat Eric’s Legend.
Launch a Memory
What is Launch a Memory?
Remember a loved one you miss - or celebrate someone still with us - by adding their name to the letters and numbers on a very special Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. As part of the RNLI relief fleet, Eric’s Legend 13-40 will save lives all around the UK, where the need is greatest, with your loved one right there beside the crews.
There is a suggested donation of £50/€50 per name. The money you donate will go towards our lifesaving work. Watch our video to find out more, and read our full terms and conditions.
How Launch a Memory works
Add your loved one's nameCelebrate someone special by adding their name to the lifeboat. You can add up to 10 names using our easy online form. The suggested donation is £50/€50 per name.
Keep an eye on your inboxWe'll email your confirmation once you've submitted your name(s), and then send regular updates about the lifeboat.
Leave a dedicationShare your stories, pictures and thoughts on our special dedications page, using the link in your confirmation email.
Print your certificateWithin 48 hours of signing up, we’ll email you a printable certificate in honour of your loved one(s). You’ll receive separate certificates for each name you’ve added.
About the lifeboat Eric’s Legend 13-40
Relief lifeboat Eric’s Legend 13-40 was named by Jean Cass in memory of her late husband Eric Cass. When Jean met Eric, she not only fell in love with him, but also his love for cruising and being at sea. They became avid RNLI supporters and when Eric passed away in 2018, Jean made a generous donation in his memory, which helped fund Eric’s Legend.
Without relief lifeboats like Eric’s Legend, we couldn’t save lives at sea 24/7. When a station’s lifeboat needs routine maintenance or repair, relief lifeboats step in to save lives at sea. Between 2021 and 2022, Eric’s Legend launched 20 times to emergencies at sea and helped 97 people.
What it means to be part of Launch a Memory
Watch the video and hear what it means to have a loved one celebrated on a lifeboat, from those who have already Launched a Memory. Because you’re not only adding the name of someone special. You’re adding a new chapter to their story.
You’ll also get the chance to see your loved one’s name up close on the side of the lifeboat at an event at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset.
Frequently asked questionsHere are some answers to the top questions about Launch a Memory. See our full FAQs.
In general, names will be arranged in the order we receive them from supporters. However, the names will be arranged in a way that best fits the shape of the decal.
Please feel free to email [email protected] and we will endeavour to keep them together, although we can't guarantee this.
Your loved one’s name will appear alongside thousands of other dearly missed loved ones within the decal that forms the letters and numbers on the lifeboat, including a port and starboard decal.
- We are unable to accept joint names – e.g. The Smiths or John and Joan Smith
- We are unable to take submissions that have additional information such as numbers and locations – e.g. John Smith Plymouth 1952
- We are unable to accept the name of a group – e.g. Plymouth RNLI Swimmers
Eric's Legend 13-40 is one of our latest Shannon in the relief fleet, on standby in strategic points around the UK. The boat is kept in a constant state of operational readiness to provide cover at selected stations. 13-40 will be ready to be sent, at any time, to any of our selected lifeboat stations to seamlessly take over from the regular lifeboat and save lives in its absence.
The suggested donation of £50/€50 per name for Launch a Memory is based on careful consideration of the resources and costs required. This amount is typically determined based on various factors such as the RNLI’s funding needs, the average donation amount received, and the impact that a particular donation size can have in supporting the RNLI's mission.
It's important to note that the suggested donation amount is not mandatory or binding. You have the freedom to contribute any amount you feel comfortable with and can afford.
Updates on Launch a Memory lifeboats
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