A Shannon lifeboat at the RNLI HQ in Poole

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Station Visits

The timing of the legacy lifeboat’s arrival at the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station remains under review. We are continuing to work with local authorities for the deployment of the lifeboat at the station. As soon as we can, we will provide you with an update.

We please ask that supporters do not turn up to the station expecting to see the lifeboat as the boat remains in Poole.

Decal with legacy names on being applied to the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Shannon class lifeboat George and Francis Phelon 13-44 a the Al-Weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole.

Photo: RNLI/Ashton Milton

Legacy Lifeboat Keepsakes

You can now purchase a lifesaving keepsake in memory of the special person commemorated on the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Shannon 13-44 Legacy Lifeboat. 

You can choose the individual letter or number that your loved one's name is in or the full lifeboat decal. Please note that the Port and Starboard sides will have different names on.

30% of the profit of sales will go into the RNLI general funds. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you will see your loved one's name in every image or product as the writing may be too small. See website for more details. 

The Legacy Lifeboat Event

We recently had the privilege of welcoming a number of you to our Legacy Lifeboat Event. This was a very special event and we were honoured to meet many of you and hear the stories you shared of your loved ones.

We have also made a very special film as a memento of the weekend, and especially for those of you who could not make the event. I hope this helps you feel like you were there in person.

Use our online search tool to find your loved one’s name on the side of the Legacy Lifeboat

Photo: RNLI

Find your loved ones name

For the first time, you can now see where your loved one’s name is on the Legacy Lifeboat.

Using our online name search tool, simply type in your loved one’s name to see which letter or number of the lifeboat’s decal their name is in and which side of the lifeboat their name is on.

Please note: The name must be entered exactly as shown in your Legacy Lifeboat letter, unless we agreed changes with you directly. For example, John Smith, John A Smith, John Andrew Smith or John ‘Smithy’ Smith.

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

Latest progress on your Legacy Lifeboat

On Tuesday 12 April, the completion of the new Shannon and the first ever Legacy Lifeboat was marked in true RNLI tradition.

The bell-ringing ceremony was recorded and you can now watch the video below.

The lifeboat is now going through a programme of rigorous trials to check its seaworthiness, safety and reliability.

While there are currently some delays to the arrival of the Legacy Lifeboat at the station, the station is able to remain on service with its current, and heavier, Trent class all-weather lifeboat. We hope to provide a further update later on in the year.

How the Shannon came to the rescue in 2021





*Statistics correct as of 23 November 2021
Legacy Lifeboat Campaign image

RNLI/Nigel Millard

The name of the Legacy Lifeboat

The name of this new lifeboat is George and Frances Phelon (pronounced Feelon). The legacy of Mrs Frances Phelon fully funded the build of this lifeboat and she asked that it be named after herself and her late husband.

We created the idea of a Legacy Lifeboat to honour everyone who has left a gift in their Will. The George and Frances Phelon was specially chosen to be our first Legacy Lifeboat. We’ll be proud to display your loved one’s name alongside the names of these other special members of the RNLI family on the side of the lifeboat.

Shannon Class Lifeboat out at sea

RNLI/Nick Mailer

Leave a dedication

We would love to hear the heart-warming stories about your loved one whose name will be on the side of the Legacy Lifeboat – and celebrate their connection to the RNLI.

To help share your stories and 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.

Three RNLI crew members in kit stand in front of a B Class Lifeboat

RNLI/Nick Mailer

Legacies help save lives

The RNLI is dedicated to saving lives at sea but, as an independent charity, relies on the generosity of the public and the commitment of thousands of volunteers. 

Gifts in Wills help to provide the kit and training the protect RNLI volunteer crews at sea, and 6 in every 10 lifeboat launches are only possible due to the extraordinary kindness of supporters leaving a gift to the RNLI in their Will.

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