The Lifeboat Heritage of the Isle of Wight is published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the formation of the RNLI.
In this meticulously researched and copiously illustrated book, Dr Noel Stimson traces the history and development of the Isle of Wight lifeboat service, from it’s earliest stations in 1860 at Brook and Brighstone, to others which sprang up later at Totland, Atherfield and Ryde, and on to those stations that exist today at, Bembridge, Cowes and Yarmouth. The text is illustrated with over 160 contemporary photographs of the boats, of the gallant volunteers who crewed them, and of ships in distress. Many of these photographs are from the Victorian era. There are also chapters on the lifeboat builders of Cowes and of some famous rescues.
Dr Stimson’s book, the result of painstaking research, is a tribute to the heritage of this beautiful island and to the people, past and present, who were and are the lifeboat service.
This book is sold to benefit exclusively the RNLI