The wheelhouse and hull of the Shannon class lifeboat, in the initial stage of build at the All-weather lifeboat Centre, Poole, Dorset.

RNLI/Luke Ferguson

Latest progress on your Shannon

The boat building team at our All-Weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) are making great progress on the build of our Launch a Memory Shannon that’s headed for Wells, but there is still more work to be done before launching!

The hull (the watertight body of the boat) and superstructure are moved into two large paint booths where they are prepped, degreased and coated with primers and topcoats, ready to be painted our signature blue and orange! After each paint application, the ovens are turned on and the paint is cured overnight in a temperature-controlled environment to help the paint set. The underwater coatings are also applied during this stage which ensures that the composite hull is sealed from any water ingress, and remains waterproof. The underwater coating is a very hard-wearing layer which prevents damage to the bottom of the boat when recovering onto a beach.

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.

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.

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.

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.