The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. She’s the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water-jets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet.
Designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers, the RNLI harnessed cutting-edge technology to ensure this new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service, building on systems developed for her big sister, the Tamar Class Lifeboat
The Shannon lifeboat was designed to be launched and recovered from a beach via a new faster and safer launch and recovery system and can also be launched from a slipway or lie afloat.
The Shannon will gradually replace our Mersey and Tyne class lifeboats, which are now nearing the end of their operational lives. Once rolled out, our entire all-weather lifeboat fleet will be capable of 25 knots, making our lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before.
The naming of the Shannon Class Lifeboat follows a tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. But it’s the first time an Irish river has been chosen. The River Shannon is 240 miles in length and is the longest river in Ireland.
Gallery photos courtesy of Teeny Lowe, RNLI, ALC and Andrew Backway