- Henry Blogg. His life and times in photos - part 1.
- Henry Blogg. His life and times in photos - part 2.
- Manby's Mortar
- Breeches Buoy
- Lifesaving and Rescue in Mundesley
- Sheringham's private lifeboats
- Lost at Sea off Sheringham
- Captain George Manby
- The Boat
- The Shed
- THE LIFEBOAT : ALFRED CORRY (current page)
- James Stevens No.14 Lifeboat
- Stone Plaque from Manby Monument
- Manby Model- Breeches Buoy
- Cromer Lifeboatmen
In the early 19th century most cargo was transported by sea rather than land. Sailing ships were completely at the mercy of the elements; despite skilled seamanship they could be calmed for days or battered to pieces on rocks and sandbanks.
Those who serve as lifeboatmen often come from families with a history of lifeboat service. Lifeboatmen often turn out in treacherous conditions to rescue complete strangers, not knowing if they will return to their own loved ones. Undaunted they attend rescue attempts time after time. The RNLI today is entirely funded by voluntary contributions, many motivated by the gratitude and relief of those who have been assisted. Lifeboat sheds around the East Coast and elsewhere in the country feature honour boards detailing the history of rescues undertaken, the number of lives saved and the names of lifeboatmen who made the ultimate sacrifice. Lifeboatmen themselves were often more silent and did not talk about the incidents, even when the outcome had been successful. Generally regarded as heroes, they did not view themselves in this way. Coxswain Henry Blogg of Cromer typified this approach and was famously modest and a man of few words.
The North Sea is not a pleasant place. The East Coast has always been one of the most dangerous for shipping in the whole of the British Isles, due to a large number of treacherous, shifting sandbanks, constantly moved by currents, tides and furious storms. Fishermen, merchant seamen and passengers risked their lives in storms and shoal water. Historically people of the East Coast have responded to the physical challenges of the sea. Many have cooperated to prevent disaster occurring to their fellow men, risking their lives serving in lifeboats and through other humanitarian efforts, displaying ingenuity and courage. Many people were motivated to assist, having witnessed disasters for themselves. Beachmen along the East Coast were among the first to engage in rescuing vessels in distress. But a coordinated response was needed. Eventually county services were merged with the founding of the RNLI in the 1850s.
THE LIFEBOAT : ALFRED CORRY
Built in 1893 in the port of Great Yarmouth by Beeching Bros, the Alfred Corry served as the No1 lifeboat down the coast at Southwold. It was in service from Easter 1893 until 1918 when it was sold out of the lifeboat organisation.
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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A 100 ton capacity crane on a jack-up barge located next to the pier has lifted the lifeboat shed…
Jack-up barge next to pier