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.

The RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Centre at Poole with the sun shining through it from behind.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Your lifeboat will be built here – at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole

Latest progress on your Shannon

Shannon number 13-46, the lifeboat that will bear your loved one’s name, will be built at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole in Dorset. This is a fully equipped, modern production facility owned and run by the RNLI, where our experts have been building Shannons since 2013. 

Tours of our All-weather Lifeboat Centre are currently on hold, although they will begin again when times, safety and procedures allow. But for now, why not check out the virtual lifeboat tour below.

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.