A man wearing a high-vis vest is kneeling on the floor, applying a decal to the side of a new RNLI lifeboat. The decal reads RNLI 13-43 and within each letter and number are the names of loved ones as supplied by Launch a memory supporters.

RNLI/Jimmy Young

An update about the Clifden Lifeboat

We’ve now approached the end of the build process for the all-new Clifden lifeboat, RNLI 13-43. We recently held the lifeboat’s bell-ringing ceremony, which officially recognises the lifeboat as a new member of the RNLI Shannon lifeboat fleet.

The lifeboat will shortly be launched on the water for nine weeks of rigorous sea trials, where the team will be putting the boat through its paces and giving them one final opportunity to iron out any defects before the lifeboat heads out on its way to its new home in Clifden, arriving at Clifden lifeboat station this spring*, ready for the summer season ahead.

If you’re lucky enough to be joining us at the RNLI College in Poole for one of our very special Launch a Memory events, we look forward to welcoming you on 26 and 27 February, or on the 12 and 13 March*.

*Please note that dates of events are subject to change depending on COVID-19 government guidelines.

Grouped shot of new retail range for Clifden, 13-43.

Brand New Clifden Retail Range

We’ve developed a range of affordable, but high-quality, keepsake products that are available to purchase now, so that you can keep your loved one’s memory next to you, as well as beside the Clifden lifeboat crew when they launch to save lives at sea. Browse the entire range of products here.

Launch a memory decal example

Photo: RNLI

Find your loved one's name

For the first time, you can find your loved one's name printed in the letters and numbers of Clifden's lifeboat, which will save lives at sea for years to come.

Simply click on the link below, type in your loved one's name and hit search. The image will zoom in allowing you to see their name - as well as which side of the boat it's on. When you’re done, share this page with friends and family!

Please note: in order to find your loved one's name, you must enter it exactly as you submitted it. For example, John Smith, John A Smith, John Andrew Smith or John ‘Smithy’ Smith.

If you need help with finding your loved one's name, or you have any other queries, please email us at launchamemory@rnli.org.uk.

RNLI Launch a Memory decal banner

Launch a Memory Keepsakes

You can now purchase a lifesaving keepsake to commemorate the special person you’ve remembered on the Clifden Shannon class lifeboat. From mugs to cushions through to photo frames, these keepsakes are a great way to keep the memory of the person you miss close to home.

Design-wise, you can choose the individual letter or number that your loved one’s names is in or the full lifeboat decal. Browse the collection of Launch a Memory keepsakes here.

30% of the profit of sales will go into the RNLI general funds. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you will see your loved one’s name in every image or product as the writing may be too small. But their name will be in there, along with the names of others who are fondly remembered every day – and whose memory launches to the rescue every time Clifden lifeboat crew are needed at sea.

RNLI Launch a memory Shannon class lifeboat showing a zoom in to the decal, with 'Your loved one's name here' in orange text.

The Next Wave of Launch a memory

You can now remember a loved one with the next Launch a Memory Lifeboat, a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone you’ll never forget. The station that has been chosen is in Wells-next-the-Sea, situated in the heart of the North Norfolk coast ready to head out into the North Sea on countless emergency calls. The crew are really excited for the opportunity to launch with the memory of your loved one by their side. 

3 male RNLI crew members stand next to a body of water

Let’s stay in touch

We’d love to keep you updated about your Launch a Memory lifeboat and her lifesaving journey at sea, as well as keep you posted with RNLI news all around the UK and Ireland.

If you’d like to continue to hear from us, sign up to our monthly email RNLI Life – it’s one of the best ways for our family to stay in touch and keep connected.

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Leave a dedication

Hundreds of people have shared heart-warming stories about why they chose to include the name of someone they miss on the lifeboat – as well as celebrate theirs or their loved one’s connection to the RNLI.

To help share your stories, or to pay tribute to your loved one, we’ve created a web page with our partner MuchLoved. It’s a very special community filled with supporters like you, and you can use it to honour the person you miss in the most fitting way for you and your family.

Three people look out to sea from a grassy cliff

Forever By The Sea

Forever by the Sea is an online space to share treasured stories and photos of your loved one with family and friends and, if you’d like, a place to help raise funds for the RNLI in their memory.

You can light virtual candles to commemorate meaningful dates, organise events and share thoughts, photos and even videos of your loved ones. For more information, please visit our page.