Your Launch a Memory updates

Thank you for remembering your loved one with Launch a Memory. Welcome to your updates page, where you can keep track of the boat’s progress, learn about our Shannon class lifeboat and find out where it will be saving lives.
Group shot of three crew members on the slipway at Largs Lifeboat Station

Find your loved one’s name

For the first time, you can find your loved one’s name printed in the letters and numbers of Invergordon’s 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, share this page with friends and family!

Please note: in order to find your loved one's name, you must enter it exactly as you submitted it. 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 launchamemory@rnli.org.uk.

Let’s stay in touch

We’d love to keep you updated about your Launch a Memory lifeboat and her lifesaving journey at sea, as well as keep you posted with RNLI news all around the UK and Ireland.

If you’d like to continue to hear from us, sign up to our monthly email RNLI Life – it’s one of the best ways for our family to stay in touch and keep connected.

Visit your lifeboat in Poole

The Launch a Memory lifeboat will be on sea trials for 7 weeks after the bell ringing ceremony takes place in January 2020. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to view the lifeboat on the pontoon at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, on:

  • 22 February
  • 23 February
  • 29 February
  • 1 March

The lifeboat will be moored on the pontoon at the rear of the College. And although you won’t be able to get close enough to read the individual names printed on the Shannon, you will be able to see the lifeboat and take photos to share with friends and family. For more information please see the ‘I want to see my loved one's name on the boat. How can I see it?' section on our FAQs page.

Your Launch a Memory experience

We would really value your feedback on your Launch a Memory experience so far. Please could you spare 3-4 minutes to tell us your thoughts by filing in our survey. Your feedback will help us to shape experiences for you and others in the future.

About your boat

Features:

  • Modern – the Shannon class is our latest all-weather lifeboat.
  • Powerful – the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets.
  • Agile – the waterjets also make it our most manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat.
  • Versatile – the crew can launch it (or recover it) from a beach, slipway, pontoon or mooring.

Key facts and figures:

  • Name: Agnes A P Barr
  • Operational number: ON1344
  • Class name: Shannon
  • Length: 13.6m
  • Speed: 25 knots max
  • Range: 250 miles
  • Crew: 6

Forever by the Sea

Forever by the Sea is an online space to share treasured stories and photos of your loved one with family and friends and, if you’d like, a place to help raise funds for the RNLI in their memory.

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

Bring lifesaving home

You can purchase your very own RNLI Shannon class lifeboat model, which is a scale model of the lifeboat class that bears your loved one’s name.

Though this model has not been specifically made for Launch a Memory (and does not bear the same lifeboat number, nor loved ones’ names), you can welcome an important keepsake home in honour of the lifeboat at Invergordon.

Leave a dedication

Lots of 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 loves 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, and you can use it to honour the person you miss in the most fitting way for you and your family.

Latest progress on your Shannon

Watch our video to discover how your loved one’s name was applied and more information on the final stage of the lifeboat’s build.

Invergordon’s Shannon, which bears your loved one’s name, is currently on sea trials and will soon be accepted by the station’s crew.

The lifeboat went on sea trials after the bell ringing ceremony in January, and the trials will last for approximately 7 weeks – this is to ensure the lifeboat is fit and ready to take to sea and save lives for generations to come. 

After this, Invergordon lifeboat crew will have 2 weeks of training aboard their new lifeboat to get accustomed to her and her lifesaving capabilities. Then, the Shannon will begin her passage to Invergordon Lifeboat Station and will start her lifesaving service this summer. 

On behalf of everyone at the RNLI, and the grateful people your lifeboat will help to rescue, thank you so much for Launching a Memory. 

It's an honour to launch with your loved one's name by our side – and together, we'll save more lives at sea.

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