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Life Boat Collection

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Wreck Chart of the British Isles For 1868

Wreck Chart of the British Isles For 1868
Chart showing the positions of all 2131 vessels wrecked around the British Isles during 1868, compiled from the Board of Trade records

Background imageLife Boat Collection: RSS Discovery moored on Thames Embankment, London

RSS Discovery moored on Thames Embankment, London
RSS Discovery moored on the Thames Embankment, London. The ships lifeboat can be seen hanging amidships. circa 1930s

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Ben Dale, lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex

Ben Dale, lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex
Ben Dale, a famous lifeboatman of Harwich, Essex, who served as Coxswain for 23 years. Pictured here with two medals pinned to his chest

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat and crewmen at Appledore, Devon

Lifeboat and crewmen at Appledore, Devon
View of the local lifeboat and crewmen at Appledore, on the North Devon coast. The lifeboat has left the shore, and the crewmen are wading in the shallows

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Bembridge Lifeboat Stn

Bembridge Lifeboat Stn
The Lifeboat Station at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Sailors rescued by fishing boat during First World War

Sailors rescued by fishing boat during First World War
Torpedoed sailors are rescued by a Brixham fishing boat, aptly named the Provident, during the First World War. The Provident, also known as BM291, was built in the shipyard of J

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Titanic Hymn Sheet 1912

Titanic Hymn Sheet 1912
A photograph of the ship on the cover of a French music sheet: the hymn was played by the band on deck as the ship sank

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Second Coxswain Mann of the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, 1909

Second Coxswain Mann of the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, 1909
Photographic portrait of Second Coxswain Mann, of the City of Winchester and Dresden, both Aldeburgh lifeboats; credited with saving hundreds of lives

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat / Boys own Paper

Lifeboat / Boys own Paper
The lifeboat to the rescue in stormy seas. 1901

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Tynemouth Lifeboat

Tynemouth Lifeboat
The Tynemouth lifeboat closing on a wrecked ship in a stormy sea off Tynemouth Priory and lighthouse Date: circa 1840

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat Coxswain Jonas Oxley, Walton, Essex

Lifeboat Coxswain Jonas Oxley, Walton, Essex
Portrait of Jonas Oxley, lifeboat coxswain of Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, from 1947 to 1964. Seen here standing outside the boat house. circa 1963

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat man - England

Lifeboat man - England
The wise, weather-beaten face (in profile) of an English Lifeboat man from Bognor Regis

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Launch - Cromer Lifeboat

Launch - Cromer Lifeboat
The return of the Cromer lifeboat after assisting a crippled trawler to port

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat to Sail Ship

Lifeboat to Sail Ship
Lifeboat going to the aid of a sailing ship in trouble

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Penzance Lifeboat Rescue

Penzance Lifeboat Rescue
The Penzance lifeboat, Richard Lewis, goes out to the North Britain, wrecked in Mounts Bay

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Launching the Lifeboat

Launching the Lifeboat
Launching the lifeboat from a carriage into a rough sea whilst the crew climb aboard

Background imageLife Boat Collection: A race of six lifeboats at Mounts Bay, Penzance, Cornwall. Date: 1867

A race of six lifeboats at Mounts Bay, Penzance, Cornwall. Date: 1867

Background imageLife Boat Collection: The launch of the lifeboat - Appledore, Devon

The launch of the lifeboat - Appledore, Devon. Photograph by Ralph Ponsonby Watts

Background imageLife Boat Collection: The cook and Mr Maynard, survivors of the Titanic disaster

The cook and Mr Maynard, survivors of the Titanic disaster
Scene showing the Titanic survivors arriving in Plymouth docks. The cook, Mr. Maynard, was one of the last people to see Captain E. Smith before he died

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Hastings Lifeboat Horses

Hastings Lifeboat Horses
Lifeboat horses at Hastings used to haul the lifeboat from the beach to the water; two boys watch the scene

Background imageLife Boat Collection: The Brighton Lifeboat

The Brighton Lifeboat
The lifeboat at Brighton, Sussex, is dragged into the water : the boat carries sails to assist the oarsmen if the wind is in a favourable direction

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Throwing the Life-Line

Throwing the Life-Line
A member of the lifeboat crew wearing a cork flotation jacket is about to throw out the life-line during a rescue

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Union Star Shipwreck

Union Star Shipwreck
The wreck of the M.V. Union Star, wrecked near Tater-du lighthouse, Cornwall, on her maiden voyage from Ijmuiden to Arklow. The crew and eight Penlee lifeboat men perished

Background imageLife Boat Collection: View of Tobolsk, a historic capital of Siberia, Russia

View of Tobolsk, a historic capital of Siberia, Russia
A view of Tobolsk, a historic capital of Siberia on the Irtysh river (where it joins the Tobol), now part of the Tyumen Oblast, . A rescue boat / lifeboat Station on the river

Background imageLife Boat Collection: True to the Core lifeboat crew, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

True to the Core lifeboat crew, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
The crew of the True to the Core lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, seen here wearing their cork lifebelts and souwesters. circa 1895

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Titanic - sunrise on April 15th after the ship had sank

Titanic - sunrise on April 15th after the ship had sank
On the verge of the ice floe. A tranquil, yet eery impression of the area of the Atlantic ocean where the White Star passenger liner, RMS Titanic sank the morning after

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Crew of the Honourable Artillery Company lifeboat, Walton

Crew of the Honourable Artillery Company lifeboat, Walton
Crew members of the Honourable Artillery Company lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Seen here at the boathouse, wearing their cork lifebelts with the lifeboat behind them

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat coxswain Henry Britton, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Lifeboat coxswain Henry Britton, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Henry Britton, coxswain of the lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, from 1884 to 1914. Seen here wearing his cork lifejacket, with the lifeboat behind him. circa 1900

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Welsh Youth Hostel

Welsh Youth Hostel
The old lifeboat house at Port Eynon, Glamorganshire, Wales, which was later used as a Youth Hostel. Date: 1950s

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Japanese Vice-Admiral Togo and Signal men

Japanese Vice-Admiral Togo and Signal men. Heihachiro, Marquis Togo (1838 - 1934) - Japanese naval commander whose defeat of the Russian fleet at Tsushima (in May 1905 - interestingly)

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat / Cromer / Norfolk

Lifeboat / Cromer / Norfolk
A lifeboat creates a huge splash as it is launched into the sea at Cromer, Norfolk

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Hastings lifeboat house and beach

Hastings lifeboat house and beach. Date: 1906

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Sailors and others in a lifeboat, as one sailor gestures to

Sailors and others in a lifeboat, as one sailor gestures to a submarine in the background. Date 1917

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Two lifeboat coxswains, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Two lifeboat coxswains, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Retiring lifeboat coxswain John Byford (left) and new coxswain Thomas Bloom, pictured at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. John Byford had been cox from 1929 and Thomas Bloom, known locally as Puggy

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Honourable Artillery Company lifeboat, Walton, Essex

Honourable Artillery Company lifeboat, Walton, Essex
The first National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, donated by and named after The Honourable Artillery Company whose Drama Club sponsored it, was launched in 1884

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Boy Scouts in Lifeboat Day parade, Walton-on-the-Naze

Boy Scouts in Lifeboat Day parade, Walton-on-the-Naze
Some of the first Boy Scouts in the UK taking part in the Annual Lifeboat Day parade through the seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. circa 1910

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Prince George naming the new lifeboat, Walton, Essex

Prince George naming the new lifeboat, Walton, Essex
Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942), at the naming ceremony of the new lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. The boat was named EMED

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Wartime Lifeboat Crew after a dramatic rescue, Walton

Wartime Lifeboat Crew after a dramatic rescue, Walton
Eight members of the lifeboat crew at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, pictured on the day they rescued three men from the barge Martha

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Titanic - Lifeboats needed to save lives on board ships

Titanic - Lifeboats needed to save lives on board ships
A diagram published in the Illustrated London News following the disaster of the sinking of White Star passenger liner, RMS Titanic showing the ratio of lifeboat capacity to passenger numbers

Background imageLife Boat Collection: True to the Core lifeboat, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

True to the Core lifeboat, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
The lifeboat of Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, named True to the Core, seen here under sail with her crew on board wearing their cork lifebelts. circa 1898

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Lifeboat crew, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Lifeboat crew, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
The crew of the first voluntary lifeboat of Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, named True to the Core. They are seen here wearing their cork lifebelts. circa 1905

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Coverack Lifeboat

Coverack Lifeboat
Launching the Coverack Lifeboat, Cornwall, England. Date: 1960s

Background imageLife Boat Collection: UNSINKABLE LIFEBOAT

UNSINKABLE LIFEBOAT
Our lovely model demontrates a novel and unsinkable lifeboat at the British Industries Fair, Olympia, London. Date: 17 February 1930

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Nautical Film Crew

Nautical Film Crew
A floating menagerie and strange crew, docked at Catalina, Canada, whilst filming a movie. Date: 1930s

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Sailors repairing a boat on a ship, WW1

Sailors repairing a boat on a ship, WW1
Men of the British Royal Navy undertaking repairs on a boat on board a ship during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Noelle, Countess of Rothes (1878 - 1956)

Noelle, Countess of Rothes (1878 - 1956)
Wife of the 19th Earl of Rothes, Noelle survived the Titanic disaster, escaping in Lifeboat 8, taking the tiller and doing much to boost the morale of the other women in the lifeboat. Date: 1912

Background imageLife Boat Collection: Sinking of the French liner Sontay, Mediterranean, WW1

Sinking of the French liner Sontay, Mediterranean, WW1
Scene during the sinking of the French liner Sontay in the Mediterranean after being torpedoed by a German submarine during the First World War, with passengers and crew escaping into lifeboats



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