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

Clifden Station Visits

The Launch a Memory 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.

An update about the Clifden Lifeboat

Welcome home St Christopher! Over the weekend 14/15th May, our Clifden Launch a Memory 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 Launch a Memory 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.

The Launch a Memory Events

We recently had the privilege of welcoming a number of you to our Launch a Memory event weekends.  This was a very special event 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 Launch a Memory 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 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.

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 [email protected].

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.

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.

Portrait of a crew member in yellow kit and red lifejacket looking into the distance, with the sun setting behind the clouds

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Light the way home with a monthly gift

With your help, lifeboat volunteers are ready to rescue. On average, there are 24 lifeboat launches each day. With a regular gift, you can ensure that the RNLI is there to light the way home for those who find themselves in trouble on the water. If you’ve lost someone close to you, giving regularly is a wonderful way to honour their memory and you’ll be helping to keep the crew safe for years to come.

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.