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A brief history Anstruther Lifeboat Service.

Never Turn BackNever Turn Back: The RNLI Since the Second World War The achievements of the RNLI, often romanticised, depend on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The aim of this book is to tell the story of the last 50 years of the lifeboat service through the words and actions of the people involved. In the period since the Second World War, particularly from the mid-1960s, the RNLI has experienced the most rapid changes in its long history. The transition from conventional to fast lifeboats, the introduction of inshore boats and the expansion into beach rescue and sea safety have all dramatically changed the lifeboat service. Ray and Susannah's narrative will draw on first hand accounts of the rescues and the decisions that shaped the changing lifeboat service. Whilst the book will draw on the RNLI's 180 year history, unlike other recent lifeboat books it will concentrate on the last 50 years and will be based on personal and extensive inside knowledge of the lifeboat service.

To the Edge: Confessions of a Lifeboat Coxswain This fascinating book tells of the adventures of a lifeboatman during 34 years on the stormy seas of the West Coast of Scotland. Graphic in its detail, the hazardous life on a lifeboat is vividly brought to life, including the gallant rescue rescuing of the crew of a stricken fishing boat during a violent, northerly storm. Tom Ralston loves the sea and it is this abiding love which permeates To the Edge. This is a book to make you grateful for the brave heroes on Scottish seas.

RNLI Motor LifeboatsRNLI Motor Lifeboats: A Century of Motor Life Boats One hundred years ago, the first tentative steps to introduce motive power into the fleet of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution were taken when a small petrol engine was fitted to a pulling lifeboat. Since those early days, when motor lifeboats were small open craft with single engines, the RNLI has come a long way. Modern lifeboats are now complex and technologically advanced craft providing the skilled and highly-trained volunteer lifeboat crews with a sophisticated rescue tool. This unique book celebrates a century of RNLI motor lifeboats and includes details of every one, with descriptions of each class.

Lost Photographs of the RNLI Sometime after 1948, a collection of 39 photographs was borrowed from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's London headquarters by the American explorer, writer and film-maker, Amos Burg, in all probability for a National Geographic article that was never published. These photographs illustrated the RNLI's history from the 1920s to the end of the Second World War, an era which proved to be one of the RNLI's busiest times as crews around the country repeatedly answered calls to wartime casualties. RNLI wartime records are scarce, so photographs in this collection are of special value. The collection includes pictures of Henry Blogg, probably the most famous lifeboat man of all time, and of one of his Gold Medal-winning rescues. The photos were discovered by Charles Campbell, among piles of paperwork in a shed in the grounds of Burg's house. Each photo had the words 'please return to the RNLI' stamped on the back, so that is exactly what Campbell did, personally delivering them to the RNLI headquarters in Poole 55 years after Burg took them. Each photograph from the 'lost' collection comprises an individual chapter, supported by a narrative description of the rescue depicted.

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