A new book about the history of the famous
Weymouth lifeboat station in Dorset has
recently been published. Produced to mark
150 years of life-saving at the station, it
covers all the lifeboats that have served, with
descriptions of all the famous rescues, of
which there have been many.
The Weymouth lifeboat station has a fine record of gallantry, and in the
modern era it has become one of the busiest on the RNLI’s network. The
volunteer lifeboat crews have undertaken thousands of rescues since 1869,
when the first lifeboat arrived in the town, and the tradition of life-saving
has been continued ever since as newer and more advanced lifeboats have
been sent to the station.
This book covers the rowing lifeboats that served the station into the
20th century, the early life-savers of Portland, the introduction of motor
lifeboats in the 1920s and medal-winning rescues of the postwar period,
and it is brought right up to date with the arrival of the first Atlantic inshore
lifeboats and the stationing of the modern 17m Severn class lifeboat Ernest
and Mabel, which has served with distinction since 2002.
Author Nicholas Leach has worked in conjunction with volunteers at
the station to produce this comprehensive and authoritative book, which
contains numerous high quality photos and detailed accounts of the
significant events at the station, and it will appeal to anyone with an interest
in lifeboats, shipping and maritime heritage.