Clifden Shannon class lifeboat St Christopher 13-43 moving quickly through the waves.

Your Launch a Memory Clifden updates

Thank you for honouring your loved one by including their name on the Clifden lifeboat. We encourage you to stay connected and stay informed about the lifeboat's remarkable journey by visiting our updates page.

An update about the Clifden Lifeboat

Welcome home St Christopher! Over the weekend 14/15th May, our Clifden all-weather Shannon class arrived bathed in sunlight to an emotional welcome from volunteers and supporters after a week-long voyage from our All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. It was a poignant day for so many, as this special lifeboat carries the names of over 10,000 loved ones who will be celebrated and remembered every time the crew heads out to save lives at sea. Watch the video to see how the day went.

Getting up close with the lifeboat

We recently had the privilege of welcoming a number of you to come to see the Clifden lifeboat at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. These are very special events we were honoured to meet many of you and hear the stories you shared of your loved ones.

For those unable to attend, we recorded a short video of the event which is available to watch now. Launch a Memory is a very special campaign, with extra special supporters and we look forward to your lifeboat arriving on station in summer this year.

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

Brand New Clifden 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 Clifden lifeboat crew when they launch to save lives at sea. Browse the entire range of products below. 

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 keepsakes.

Launch a memory decal example

Photo: RNLI

Find your loved one's name

Using our online tool you can find where your loved one’s name is printed in the letter and numbers of Clifden 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, you can share this page with family and friends!

Please note: Our search function is very sensitive. To find your loved one’s name, you must enter is exactly as you submitted it. For example, John Smith, John A Smith, John Andrew Smith, or John ‘Smithy’ Smith.

If you need help finding your loved one’s name, or you have any other queries, please email us at [email protected].

The Light the Way Home welcome pack, an RNLI keyring as a special keepsake, and a map showing the impact of how your support reunites families and prevents tragedies, laid out flat on a pale wood surface.

Photo: RNLI

Light the way home

With a regular gift in memory of your loved one, you’re making sure that RNLI crews are always there to launch to the rescue and light the way home.

As a thank you, you will receive: 

  • A welcome pack, showing our heartfelt appreciation. 
  • An RNLI keyring, as a keepsake for the special way your loved one’s memory is saving lives. 
  • A foldout map to show the impact of where and how your gift is making a difference
3 male RNLI crew members stand next to a body of water

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 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. You can use it to honour the person you miss in the most fitting way for you and your family.

Billboard outside RNLI lifeboat station displaying a replica of decal names from Clifden Launch a Memory lifeboat

Clifden Station Visits

The Shannon class lifeboat is not visible at Clifden station and is moored out in the harbour so supporters are not able to view their loved one’s name up close. There is a billboard replica of the lifeboat decals outside the station that can be seen. Although we love to share the work we do, we please ask that supporters do not turn up to the station expecting to see the lifeboat.