BookPick: The Lifeboat, Courage on Our Coasts
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The Royal national Lifeboat Institution is a venerable charity which I hold in the highest regard. And in this day and age, when people often seem so self-centred, it’s still manned by volunteers who put their lives on the line for strangers.
Incredibly, the RNLI has saved more than 140,000 souls since its foundation in 1824.
The 20th century saw the RNLI continue to save lives at sea through two world wars. Lifeboats moved from sail and oar power to petrol and diesel, and the first women joined their crews.
Recent years have brought a significant expansion of the service, with the introduction of RNLI lifeguards and the first lifeboat station on an inland waterway, both in 2001.
Last year alone some 7960 people were rescued by lifeboat crews. There are over 230 RNLI stations around Britain and Ireland with lifeboats ready to put to sea at a moment’s notice.
Photographer and crewman Nigel Millard and author Huw Lewis-Jones have produced a stunning visual tribute to the men and women of the RNLI. The over 300 photographs in this book were taken over the course of five years. Commencing on the Isle of Man – the birthplace of the RNLI – the book takes the reader on a clockwise circumnavigation of the British and Irish coasts.As Prince William says in the Foreword to the book, ‘Each of the RNLI’s lifesavers, fundraisers, lifeboats stations and rescues has their own unique stories.’ This book honours them all.
The next blog will be my first Guest Blog and I’m delighted to announce that it’s by Commander Tyrone Martin, a former Captain of USS Constitution.