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History of the Port Isaac Lifeboats 1869- 2016

Most readers will be aware I love gigrowing from Port Isaac. As such I am very aware of the dangers of the sea and changing sea and weather conditions on the North Cornish Coast. This is a great book and really brought to life.

Authors Nicholas Leach  and Bob Bulgin BEM have worked together to comb the records,  both from official RNLI sources, County and local archives to produce this authoritative history of the lifeboats that have served in Port Isaac and stories of the crews, fundraisers and supporters who have ensured it`s effective operation along this rugged and dangerous Atlantic coastline since 1869.

 This  high quality book contains over 198 unique photographs, many of which have not been published before,  charting the development of the lifeboat from the first Pulling Boat - Richard and Sarah in 1869  through to the early introduction of the first Inflatable Inshore boat in 1967 leading now to the state of the art

Gripping stories of the boats and outstanding rescue operations for which gallantry medals have been awarded and the important part it has played in village life have been documented by Bob and Nicholas . There are accounts from the volunteer crew providing first-hand insights into the work of the lifesavers and an interesting illustrated section recording the important part played by a number of recognised artists who have supported the Station Fund activities over the past 12 years.

A wealth of historic photographs appear including  a number of which illustrate the dramatic launching operation in the early 19th and early 20th Centuries as the lifeboat and launching carriage, weighing over 6 tons, had to be manoeuvred through the narrow streets of the village, often with hundreds of people , both locals and visitors hauling on the controlling ropes in order to reach the harbour slipway… later to be followed by the even more arduous task of return by the same route to the Lifeboat House high up on the East side of the village.