Frequently asked questions

Thanks for thinking about Launching a Memory. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the RNLI and our lifesaving work.

Will there be an opportunity to see the boat when it arrives at Invergordon lifeboat station or can I go to the naming ceremony?

Due to the large number of names that will be appearing on the decal, it is not possible for people who have chosen to Launch a Memory to attend the naming ceremony of the lifeboat. When the lifeboat arrives at the station in 2020, it will be berthed at the end of a locked pontoon, so visibility of the boat may be restricted. It is unlikely that you will be able to get close enough to the lifeboat to read the names on the decal, and some of the decal may be submerged in water, due to where it sits on the hull of the boat. We also cannot guarantee that the lifeboat will be visible to view at any time as it may be involved in a rescue, training, maintenance or other activity. However, there will be opportunities to see photographs and videos of the boat through our social media channels, on the Supporter Hub and in supporter publications, including Lifeboat magazine. 

Can I come to the naming ceremony?

Due to the large number of names that will be appearing on the decal, it is not possible for people who have chosen to Launch a Memory to attend the naming ceremony of the lifeboat. However, there will be opportunities to see photographs and videos of the boat through our social media channels, on the Supporter Hub and in supporter publications, including Lifeboat magazine.

How can I see the lifeboat?

The boat is currently in our All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) building in Poole and will be until 19 January. Tours of this building can be booked through the RNLI College and are subject to availability since they are run by our volunteers. Please note that the decal with all the names of loved ones sent in to Launch a Memory will not be applied until after 19 January. Please also note visibility of the boat is partially obstructed by the bays due to the nature of it being a working factory. To find out more about the tours and for images inside the building please see the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre page. 

During the Shannon Lifeboat’s sea trials we have secured two weekends when the boat will be moored up on a pontoon outside the back of the College restaurant should supporters wish to see the boat in Poole. The weekends are 22-23 February and 29 February-1 March. Please note, access to the pontoon is restricted and so the names will not be visible to the public.

The boat is scheduled to arrive at Invergordon Lifeboat Station in Summer 2020, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. We cannot guarantee that the lifeboat will be visible to view at any time as it may be involved in a rescue, training, maintenance, be submerged in water or taking part in other activities. We will update the Supporter Hub with any opportunities to visit the station and see the lifeboat with the special decal on it. Unfortunately, we are unable to take requests to visit the station ahead of the boat going on service. 

 

When does the boat arrive in Invergordon?

The boat is scheduled to arrive at Invergordon Lifeboat Station in Summer 2020, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. We will be updating the supporter updates page when we know more details, including a live feed of the boat’s progress from our All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole to the station in Invergordon.

Will there be another boat?

We are currently looking at securing another Lifeboat for the next Launch a Memory, more information will be provided on Facebook and on our Launch a Memory webpage at a later date. Unfortunately we do not have exact dates or details yet.