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Captain George Manby
Captain George Manby (1765-1854) was Master of the Great Yarmouth artillery barracks during the early 19th century and during his time there he designed many inventions for saving lives at sea.
He invented a system that used a mortar to fire a line onto stranded vessels. People were put into slings or breeches buoys and winched to safety along this line. This was the best known of Manby’s inventions and saved thousands of lives.
Manby was desperate for fame and recognition and toured Britain and Europe promoting himself and his inventions.
The following exhibition brings together objects in the Great Yarmouth collection which tell the story of his life and work.
Captain George Manby
Stone Plaque from Manby Monument
This stone plaque once formed part of the monument erected by Captain Manby in the front garden of his house in Southtown, Great Yarmouth. It shows, in carved relief, a man firing a line from a mortar to a ship foundering in heavy seas. Manby was desperate for public and official recognition of his work and inventions. Although he had many admirers abroad he felt that he never received the recognition he deserved at home. It is unclear why he did not receive more praise from the British Government- perhaps he was considered too much of an eccentric self-publicist and there were rumours of an affair between his brother and Queen Caroline.
Manby became resentful and resorted to commissioning his own monument to himself and erecting it in his garden.
Exhibition: Captain George Manby
Photo of painting
Between Lowestoft and Southwold
A painting of a shipwreck
View from the southwest
Photo of the Wreck of the Idun
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Attempted rescue of the James and Eleanor, Ernie Childs
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Jack-up barge next to pier