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Life Saving Collection

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Medals Awarded for Gallantry or Life-Saving at Sea

Medals Awarded for Gallantry or Life-Saving at Sea - top row (L-R) Stanhope gold medal awarded by the Royal Humane Society for the bravest life-saving deed of the year

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

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

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Poorly Madi warrior fed Liebig Extract - Stanley

Poorly Madi warrior fed Liebig Extract - Stanley
Illustration of a passage from Henry Morton Stanleys In Darkest Africa - the effect of the Liebig Companys Meat Extract on a poorly Madi Carrier. 1891

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Medal, Royal Life Saving Society

Medal, Royal Life Saving Society
Medal of the Royal Life Saving Society (established 1891) awarded to K. W. Watson, featuring a rescue taking place with two figures in the water

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Statue of Edward Jenner - Vaccination Pioneer - Boulogne

Statue of Edward Jenner - Vaccination Pioneer - Boulogne
Statue of Edward Jenner (1749-1823) - Vaccination Pioneer - Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Date: circa 1909

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Long-range view of the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station and Wea

Long-range view of the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station and Weather Bureau Station. Date 1900

Background imageLife Saving Collection: 1903 machine on the launching track at Big Kill Devil Hill

1903 machine on the launching track at Big Kill Devil Hill, prior to the December 14th trial. Four men from the Kill Devil Hills Lifesaving Station helped move it from the shed to the hill

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Left side view of the 1900 Wright glider before installation

Left side view of the 1900 Wright glider before installation of forward horizontal control surface, flying as a kite, tipped forward; Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Left view of Wilbur gliding, Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station a

Left view of Wilbur gliding, Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station and Weather Bureau buildings in distance; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Date 1902 Oct. 10

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Humane Society Iceman and boat for rescuing

Humane Society Iceman and boat for rescuing
An iceman of the Royal Humane Society who warned people from venturing out skating on thinly-frozen lakes and helped them when they got into trouble, and a boat for saving persons from drowning

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Joseph Rodgers, Able Seaman

Joseph Rodgers, Able Seaman
Joseph Rodgers, (b. 1830 in Malta - ?), seaman of the Royal Charter, a ship which sank off the coast of Anglesey on 26th October 1859 in terrible storms

Background imageLife Saving Collection: An American Ship Rescuing the Officers and Crew of a British

An American Ship Rescuing the Officers and Crew of a British Man of War. Date: 1868

Background imageLife Saving Collection: German Homage to Deep Sea Fishing

German Homage to Deep Sea Fishing Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Swimming medal, Life Saving Championship

Swimming medal, Life Saving Championship
Medal of the Derby & District Swimming & Life Saving Association, awarded to JHW (J. H. Watson) for coming 3rd in the Individual Life Saving Championship. Date: 1912

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Swimming medal, 100 Yards Breast Stroke

Swimming medal, 100 Yards Breast Stroke
Medal of the Derby & District Swimming & Life Saving Association, awarded to K. W. Watson for coming 2nd in the 100 Yards Breast Stroke. Date: 1933

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Swimming medal, Derby Peace Celebrations

Swimming medal, Derby Peace Celebrations
Swimming medal of the County Borough of Derby Peace Celebrations, Life Saving Competition, awarded to J. H. Watson. Showing the Derby emblem at the centre, the Deer in a Park. 1919

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Badge, Royal Life Saving Society

Badge, Royal Life Saving Society
Badge of the Royal Life Saving Society, featuring a lifebelt design. Date: early 20th century

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Avalanche victim aided by St Bernards

Avalanche victim aided by St Bernards
At the Hospice du Grand Saint- Bernard (2472m), dogs are trained to rescue unfortunate travellers who lose their way in the darkness and snow on the Alpine pass

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Isle of Wight - Yarmouth Lifeboat Crew

Isle of Wight - Yarmouth Lifeboat Crew
Isle of Wight - The Yarmouth Lifeboat Crew. The large wheels of the trailers are fitted with boards, preventing the wheels from digging into the soft sand of the beach. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Hayling Island Lifeboat returning from a rescue

Hayling Island Lifeboat returning from a rescue; pulled up onto the beach. Date: 1906

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Lifeboat, Freeport, Long Island

Lifeboat, Freeport, Long Island
Lifeboat, Point, Lookout, Freeport, Long Island Date: c. 1910s

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Lifeboats at Padstow, Cornwall

Lifeboats at Padstow, Cornwall
The Padstow Steam Lifeboat Helen Peele (background) at the quayside in Padstow, Cornwall, with the surfboat Edmund Harvey in the foreground

Background imageLife Saving Collection: The launching of the Constantinople Lifeboat

The launching of the Constantinople Lifeboat
An elder lifeboatman lifts his hammer to strike out the holding peg to launch the Constantinople lifeboat and its team of lifeboatmen down a wooden ramp. The boat is called the Shellu

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Lifeboat Station interior - Constantinople

Lifeboat Station interior - Constantinople
The interior of the Lifeboat Station, Constantinople

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Remarkable Life-saving Body Suit

Remarkable Life-saving Body Suit
A rather remarkable and very unusual life-saving body suit, comprising of flexible leg and domed upper section, complete with breathing tube and flotation ring

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Portmanteau Buoy

Portmanteau Buoy
A jolly Victorian gent from the days when Britain unquestionably ruled the waves doffs his hat as he floats proudly in his safety device de jour - his portmanteau buoy

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Patent Office Curiosities and Ingenuities

Patent Office Curiosities and Ingenuities
Some Curiosities and Ingenuities of the Patent Office! These include a popelling device, a helmet-mounted gun, a submersible lifesaving apparatus, a cool pipe

Background imageLife Saving Collection: Los Angeles firemen in new lifesaving suits

Los Angeles firemen in new lifesaving suits
Los Angeles Harbour sea-going firemen of the LA City No.2 testing out new lifesaving suits in the water


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