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Our lifeboat history


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The islands of Britain and Ireland have always been at the mercy of the sea, with an average of 1800 shipwrecks a year around the coasts in the early 19th century.

With over 200 images, this ebook traces the development of the maritime rescue services and the equipment they used, from the first purpose-built ‘unimmergible’ boat designed by Lionel Lukin, through the self-righting ‘Original’ built by Henry Greathead, to the founding of the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, which became the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1854.