The RNLI is one of the best known maritime rescue organisations in the world.
It receives no financial support from the British government and is supported entirely by public donations.
Edward Wake-Walker, the RNLI's former director of public relations, tells the story of the Institution from its beginnings during the reign of Queen Victoria, to the hi-tech rescue maritime organisation it has become in the 21st Century.
He describes how it all began; the early lifeboats - pulling and sailing; early lifeboat heroes - what it took to be a volunteer in the 19th century, some famous coxswains; early rescues and disasters; motorised lifeboats; the arrival of speed - inshore and all-weather craft; the modern fleet; the modern volunteer crewmember; new areas for the RNLI - mudflats (hovercraft), rivers, beaches, prevention of accidents; partners in rescue - Coast Guard, Royal Navy, RAF etc; and concludes with a survivor's story.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2007
- Category: Maritime history
- ISBN: 9780750948586