The perfect remembrance

Through Launch a Memory, you can remember a loved one you miss by adding their name in the letters and numbers printed on the side of an RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat.

Your Launch a Memory lifeboat will be stationed at Clifden Lifeboat Station, on the west coast of Ireland, where your loved one’s memory can live on for generations – beside the crew – bringing the next person safely home.

There is a suggested donation of £30/€30 to submit a name, which will be proudly displayed on the Shannon’s hull with up to 10,000 other names who have been remembered in this special way.

Your loved one’s name will be presented on the lifeboat for at least the next 10 years. Watch our video to find out more and read full terms and conditions here.

Launch a memory hero image showing close up of in memory names on a lifeboat

The details

Your donation in memory of a loved one, however big or small, will go towards the RNLI’s general funds, which are vital to saving lives at sea. These funds help pay for everything from essential kit and crew training to safety education in schools and building the next lifeboat to rescue those in need.

Once you have added your loved one’s name to the Launch a Memory lifeboat, you will get regular email updates on the Shannon’s construction – and you'll later receive an online printable certificate to commemorate adding your loved one's name to the lifeboat. If you have any questions in the meantime, visit our FAQs.

Though the global crisis surrounding COVID-19 has impacted our schedule in building the lifeboat, we plan for the lifeboat to be complete and ready in 2022. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Shannon, and your loved one’s name, in Poole, Dorset and Clifden, Co Galway – we’ll keep you updated with more information early next year.

Collage of images from dedications

Past loving memories

John Togher  was among the thousands of people commemorated on last year’s Launch a Memory lifeboat. His family’s tribute on Launch a Memory’s special dedication pages reads: ‘A man who was a fisherman off the west coast of Ireland, a man who loved the sea and a man who loved his family. We love and miss you so much and know that being named on a lifeboat is the most fitting memorial you could have.’

Launch a Memory updates

2020 Clifden lifeboat updates
Read the latest updates on the Clifden lifeboat's progress
Clifden updates
2019 Invergordon lifeboat updates
The latest updates on the Invergordon lifeboat from the 2019 campaign
Invergordon updates