Archive - Shannon class lifeboat updates

About the Shannon class

In April 2012, it was announced that Skegness lifeboat station would be receiving a Shannon class lifeboat funded by the the legacy of former station chairman, the late Joel Grunnill MBE, and a significant donation from April Grunnill.

The lifeboat is to be named Joel and April Grunnill and is due on station in January 2017.

The Shannon class is a revolutionary design of lifeboat, capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and the RNLI's first all-weather lifeboat to be propelled using water-jets rather than propellers. Primarily designed to replace carriage-launched Mersey class boats, the launch and recovery methods have been greatly improved both to reduce the time these operations take and to improve crew safety.

Follow this page to keep up-to-date with news about our new lifeboat and the rollout of the Shannon class throughout the RNLI.

News about the Shannon class from Skegness and around the RNLI

Shannon 13-08 arrives at Lough Swilly, RoI
Friday 10 April 2015

The RNLI's eighth Shannon class lifeboat has today arrived at her new home at Lough Swilly as the first in the class to be stationed in the Republic of Ireland. Read more on and on

First Shannon in the north of England arrives at Hoylake lifeboat station
Monday 1 December 2014

The first Shannon class lifeboat to be allocated to a lifeboat station in the north of England has arrived at Hoylake lifeboat station. Read more on

Dungeness welcomes first on-station Shannon class to the RNLI fleet
Friday 21 February 2014

A major milestone in the Shannon class' history as the first-in-class arrives at her new home at Dungeness lifeboat station on the Kent coast. Read more on

First Shannon class lifeboat 13-01 named Jock and Annie Slater, joins relief fleet
Thursday 11 July 2013

The prototype Shannon class lifeboat has officially joined the RNLI's relief fleet as lifeboat 13-01, following her naming today as Jock and Annie Slater after former RNLI Chairman Sir Jock Slater and his wife, Lady Annie Slater. Read more on

Wells RNLI lifeboat station to receive new Shannon class lifeboat
Monday 15 April 2013

Skegness' nearest all-weather lifeboat neighbour to the south, Wells-next-the-sea, will also receive a new Shannon class lifeboat in 2016. Read more on

Prototype Shannon class lifeboat visits Skegness lifeboat station
Thursday 12 July 2012

The prototype for the new water-jet propelled Shannon class of lifeboats made her first visit to Skegness in July 2012, allowing the crew to look around the new boat and take her for a 'test drive'. Open gallery

Legacy of life-long Skegness RNLI volunteer to help fund next Skegness lifeboat
Tuesday 24 April 2012

A legacy from dedicated Skegness RNLI volunteer Joel Grunnill MBE will help fund the town's next all-weather lifeboat, to be named Joel and April Grunnill. Read more

Shannon class prototype completes first self-righting trial (video)
Monday 30 January 2012

The first self-righting test for the new Shannon class lifeboat was undertaken today, with Skegness coxswain John Irving in attendance at the event. Watch video

Joel Merrien Grunnill MBE, 1924 - 2011: A true lifeboating legend
Friday 27 May 2011

The Skegness lifeboating legend Joel Grunnill MBE, whose name will adorn the town's new lifeboat, sadly passed away in May 2011 following a brief illness. Read more

Newest class of RNLI lifeboat to be named after River Shannon
Monday 11 April 2011

Following the 45-year tradition of naming lifeboat classes after rivers, the latest class of lifeboat will be named Shannon, the first time an Irish river has been used by the RNLI. Read more on

New hull design announced for latest class of RNLI lifeboat
Thursday 16 April 2009

The RNLI has selected the new hull design for its latest class of all-weather lifeboat, the Fast Carriage Boat 2 (FCB2). After thoroughly testing six hull models, a design by the charity’s own Naval Architects has been chosen. Read more on

RNLI statement regarding FCB2 experimental lifeboat
Thursday 20 March 2008

Following extensive trials with the water-jet powered FCB2 experimental lifeboat, the decision is taken to develop a new hull form for improved rough-weather capability. Read more on

Experimental FCB2 trials lifeboat visits Skegness
Sunday 9 April 2006

The original water-jet propelled experimental FCB2 boat pays a brief visit to Skegness lifeboat station in April 2006. Read more

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    Two RNLI lifeboats called in the early hours to assist 24 metre fishing vessel suffering engine failure.

    Volunteer crew at Skegness RNLI launched the stations Shannon class lifeboat, Joel and April Grunnill this morning (22 August 2019) to reports of a fishing vessel suffering from engine failure within the Race Bank wind farm. Tea...

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