Collage of images from dedications

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.

Latest progress on your Shannon

Clifden’s Shannon, which will bear your loved one’s name in the lifeboat's operational number (RNLI 13-43), is now in the third stage of being built. During this stage, boatbuilders will add the composite pads used to bond equipment into place. They’ll fit the jet propulsion units into the hull with the engine mounts to ensure the engine and gearbox align perfectly when fitted. And they’ll encase the engine in supporting steelwork, which will be drilled and tapped so it’s ready to accept the engine mounts at a later stage.

The lifeboat went into production in January 2020 at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset, and would normally take around 14 months to complete. However, due to coronavirus, the lifeboat's construction schedule has been delayed. Although we cannot confirm exactly when Clifden RNLI will receive their new Shannon class lifeboat, we hope that it will arrive early 2022.

If you have any questions about the lifeboat, Clifden Lifeboat Station or Launch a Memory please contact us by emailing launchamemory@rnli.org.uk.

As you can imagine, our volunteer crew at Clifden have a lot to juggle alongside being on call 24 hours a day for an emergency search and rescue service. The crew have day jobs, families and other commitments – so we’d be really grateful if you could avoid contacting the station directly.

All-Weather Lifeboat Centre

Our All-Weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset, brings every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house and under one roof. This helps to ensure that we are fully equipped to build the next generation of all-weather lifeboats, to continue saving lives at sea.

The ALC was constructed at our Support Centre in Poole, to help us fulfil our pledge of providing every all-weather lifeboat crew with a 25-knot lifeboat. This means we need at least 50 new Shannon Class lifeboats, with 6 being built every year, as well as maintaining our existing fleet. With the centre officially opening on 21st August 2015, there is still a lot of work to be done!

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately delayed production, our fantastic boat building team have safely returned to work, with Covid safety precautions in place, allowing them to continue their amazing work in bringing our boats to life, which includes the addition of the decal helping to remember our supporter’s loved ones through Launch a Memory.

As well as being able to offer our Launch a Memory option to all our wonderful supporters, the ALC facility gives us greater control of costs and quality by capitalising on the expertise within the organisation, allowing us to save at least £3m each year. Not only this, but the centre creates more employment opportunities with us, including apprenticeships in marine engineering and boatbuilding.

When times, safety, and procedures allow, we also offer tours of our All-Weather Lifeboat Centre, however these are currently on hold. But for now, why not check out the virtual tour below.

An image of an RNLI Shannon lifeboat taken from onboard

Climb aboard a Shannon class lifeboat

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with the newest lifeboat in the RNLI's fleet - now's your chance! On this virtual tour, 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.

PS. You will be redirected to a non-RNLI webpage where the virtual tour is hosted.

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.