Latest progress on your Shannon

The new Shannon class lifeboat heading for Wells-next-the-Sea is in its early build stage at the All Weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset. Our ALC brings every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house under one roof. Within the current build stage, our specialist boat building team will bond the composite pads that support and mount equipment, fit the jet propulsion units into the hull making sure the engine and gearbox perfectly align, and prepare the steel plates in the engine girders to accept the engine mounts.

To see what your lifeboat will look like when it's complete, you can take a look at our 3D Shannon tour. We will soon be recommencing tours of our ALC again where you can often see boats in production. We will update this page once these begin to open again in line with guidance as we continue to keep staff and volunteers safe. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to see the Wells Shannon at any time during the tours. For more information, please take a look at our ALC webpage.

Your Wells Lifeboat named in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh

We are proud to announce that our new Shannon will be named after HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The RNLI is delighted to honour Prince Philip’s longstanding commitment to maritime services and lifetime of support to Her Majesty The Queen, who has been our Patron since 1952. And in a further nod to his naval career, earlier this summer, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attached a magpie engraved plate to the new lifeboat which will bear The Duke of Edinburgh’s name and which is currently being built at the RNLI’s All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset which you can see in this photo.

It is particularly fitting that the Wells lifeboat will be named in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh, as Wells-next-the-Sea is just a short distance from Sandringham, the Royal Estate in Norfolk where The Duke spent much of his time after retiring from public duties.

Up close image of the magpie-engraved plate on the 2021 Launch a Memory lifeboat, in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Collage of images from dedications

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.

Shannon class lifeboats in production at the RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole

RNLI/Nathan Williams

When it's going to be built

Although the pandemic has delayed lifeboat construction, our fantastic Shannon boat building team have safely returned to work. With Covid-19 safety precautions in place they are once more bringing these amazing lifeboats to life. 

Your Shannon is waiting to go into production. If you have any questions about the lifeboat, Wells Lifeboat Station or Launch a Memory please contact us by emailing

Civil Servants from The Lifeboat Fund, RNLI volunteers and local community representatives standing in front of the lifeboat Doris M. Mann of Ampthill, with Wells Lifeboat Station behind.

The Lifeboat Fund

The Lifeboat Fund is a charity, and the longest-serving supporter of the RNLI. It is run by Civil Servants who proudly volunteer their time to help the RNLI save lives at sea.  

In 2015, The Lifeboat Fund launched an appeal to raise £1.1M for Shannon class lifeboat Civil Service 53. Their fundraising activities included long distance running, cycling, bowling and golf tournaments, as well as choir concerts and payroll giving. This lifeboat was then chosen for our Launch a Memory campaign.

An image of an RNLI Shannon lifeboat taken from onboard

Climb aboard a Shannon class lifeboat

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with the newest lifeboat in the RNLI's fleet? Well now's your chance! On this virtual tour, you can 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 for the tour.

Group shot of three crew members on the slipway at Largs Lifeboat Station

Forever by the sea

Forever by the Sea is an online space for you to share treasured stories and photos of your loved one with family and friends. If you want to, you can also use it to help raise funds for the RNLI in their memory. 

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