An infographic showing a close up on individual names on the decal of teh Wells lifeboat.

Find your loved one’s name

Using our online tool you can find where your loved one’s name is printed in the letter and numbers of Wells’ 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, you can share this page with family and friends!

Please note: Our search function is very sensitive. In order to find your loved one’s name, you must enter is exactly as you submitted it. For example, John Smith, John A Smith, John Andrew Smith, or John ‘Smithy’ Smith.

If you need help finding your loved one’s name, or you have any other queries, please email us at [email protected].

A mug and pin badges depicting an orange lifeboat are displayed on rocks.

Brand new Wells retail range

We’ve developed a range of high-quality, affordable keepsakes that are available to purchase now, so that you can keep your loved one’s memory next to you, as well as on the lifeboat beside the Wells lifeboat crew when they launch to save lives at sea. Browse the entire range of products below.

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 Launch a Memory Wells lifeboat is almost complete! At this stage in the build, overhead cranes are carefully installing the engine, gearboxes, fuel tanks, and cables into the hull of the lifeboat. As well as this, the two halves of the lifeboat (the hull and the wheelhouse) are being prepped to be joined together. After this, all electrical work is completed, pipes connected, and the boat is powered up electrically to begin commissioning the various on-board systems. At the end of this stage, the decals with almost 15,000 names are applied to the sides and top of the lifeboat, ready to join the crew with their lifesaving work.

Building a home for your lifeboat

In order for the station to receive a Shannon class lifeboat, a bigger station was needed! Last September, building work began on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea to provide a brand new home for the Launch a Memory lifeboat, as well as all the lifesaving equipment that helps the crew save lives at sea. Not only will the new station be bigger, but it will have an engaging visitor area and RNLI shop, so before long we will be able to welcome supporters, friends, and family. You can watch a video of the station being built here.

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.

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.