Heroes of the RNLI

The Storm Warriors

Martyn R Beardsley

Whenever vessels have foundered off the coasts of Britain, there have always been those willing to give their all to save those in peril. But in 1823, Sir William Hillary decided that this admirable but impromptu approach was not enough.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526725769
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock. Available in 6-8 weeks
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$32.95

Overview
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Whenever vessels have foundered off the coasts of Britain, there have always been those willing to give their all to save those in peril. But in 1823, Sir William Hillary decided that this admirable but impromptu approach was not enough. He believed that many more lives could be saved by the establishment of a national, organized rescue service. His idea was realized the following year with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

From the days of oar-powered open boats to modern sigh speed, hi-tech vessels, rescuers have battled storms and unimaginable conditions, risking – and sometimes forfeiting – their own lives in efforts to save others. The most outstanding of these operations led to the awarding of gold medals for gallantry, the RNLI version of the Victoria Cross. Above all, these are human stories. Using information gleaned from archives, contemporary newspaper accounts and genealogical records, this book looks not just at the details of the rescues, but into the people behind them.

About The Author
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History is Martyn Beardsley's big passion, and he has written books on a variety of subjects. He got the idea for (King Charles) while enjoying a pint (or two) in the George Inn Mere, Wiltshire, which sheltered Charles while on the run, and which has a King Charles room. His other non-fiction works include 'The Gunpowder Plot Deceit' and 'A Matter of Honour', an account of Britain's last fatal duel.

He was born in Nottingham, where he still lives with a half-deaf and fully mad dog called Max.

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