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Your Launch a Memory Anstruther updates

Thank you for remembering your loved one by adding their name to the Anstruther lifeboat. Welcome to your updates page, where you can keep track of the lifeboat’s progress.
Photographs from 14/4/24, Anstruther stations new Shannon arriving

Anstruther Lifeboat Visits

The team in Anstruther is working hard to recruit and train volunteers to be able to welcome Launch a Memory supporters to the station this summer.

We know how important it is for you to see the lifeboat up close and feel connected with your loved one again. Your patience is hugely appreciated.

Since volunteers operate the station, we kindly request that you avoid reaching out to the station directly regarding any questions about Launch a Memory and station visits. However, feel free to contact [email protected] if you have any enquiries.

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Your Launch a Memory lifeboat is home!

On 14 April 2024, we welcomed home our very special Shannon class lifeboat 13-47 Robert and Catherine Steen to Anstruther where it will now serve one of the UK’s busiest waterways. Alongside an emotional welcome from volunteers and the local supporters, Anstruther was flanked by lifeboats from Dunbar, Broughty Ferry and Kinghorn on this harmonious occasion. The whole event was live streamed via the station's Facebook page, where you can also follow all the latest news and Lifeboat updates.

Post-event update

We were absolutely thrilled to have the privilege of hosting many of you at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset, to catch a glimpse of the incredible Anstruther lifeboat. The event weekend on 23-24 September was a joyous occasion, and we felt truly honoured to meet so many of you and listen to the heart-warming stories you shared.

If you couldn't make it to the event, don't worry! We made sure to capture all the excitement in a short video. It's a delightful recap of the unforgettable moments we experienced together. Launch a Memory is a very special campaign, with extra-special supporters, and we look forward to your lifeboat arriving in Anstruther next year.

Lifeboat 13-40 range of high-quality, affordable products resting on a tree branch and orange background. Mementos that show the 13-40 illustration of the boat and number

Your Anstruther retail range

We’ve developed a range of high-quality, affordable mementos that are available to purchase now, so that you can keep your loved one’s memory next to you, as well as on the lifeboat beside the Anstruther crews when they launch to save lives at sea.

Ringing the bell for Anstruther’s new Shannon

On the 4th July the RNLI celebrated the completion of the Shannon class lifeboat. RNLB Robert and Catherine Steen, as she will be known.

Watch a video of the recent bell-ringing ceremony for this special lifeboat at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole.

Help us raise £100,000 Anstruther Appeal

Help fund Anstruther's new station

Anstruther is home to one of the UK’s busiest waterways. Your kindness today can give people the best chance of survival by helping to fund a new, purpose-built lifeboat station that will boost lifesaving for generations to come.

Volunteer crews have been rescuing people off the east coast of Fife since 1865. They have launched well over 1,000 times, and saved more than 250 lives. Today they urgently need a new, purpose-built station with modern facilities for casualties, crew and craft.

By helping to fund this new station, you’ll be standing with the crew and making a lifesaving difference.

Get the most from Launch a Memory

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Find your loved one's name

Use our online tool to locate the precise location of your loved one's name on the letters and numbers of Anstruther's lifeboat.

Contact us at [email protected] if you require assistance.

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Create a Tribute fund for your loved one
Forever by the Sea is an online space for you to share treasured stories and photos of your loved one with family and friends. If you want to, you can also use it to help raise funds for the RNLI in their memory.
Share your memories and raise funds
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Leave a dedication
Many people have shared heart-warming stories about why they chose to include the name of someone they miss on the lifeboat – as well as celebrating their or their loved one’s connection to the RNLI.
Add a dedication
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Climb aboard a Shannon lifeboat
On this virtual tour, you can explore the engine room, wander around the wheelhouse and even travel to the upper deck to take the wheel, and guide your crew from the lookout.
Take your tour today