Llandudno’s Shannon Lifeboat – The William F Yates (13-18) was launched in 2017.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. It is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.
The Shannon class of boats is designed entirely in-house by a team of RNLI engineers. It harnesses cutting-edge technology to ensure this new lifeboat meets the demands of a 21st century rescue service.
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 name follows the RNLI’s tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. However, this is the first time to have a name of an Irish river, highlights the fact that the RNLI serves the Republic of Ireland as well as the United Kingdom. The River Shannon is 240 miles in length and is the longest river in Ireland.