Person NameRoyal National Lifeboat Institute; Arbroath Branch; 1854-
ActivityThe National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck was founded in 1824 by lifeboatman Sir William Hillary (1771 - 1847) as a co-ordinating body for all the lifeboat associations which were already in existence. The Arbroath Branch was inaugurated at a meeting of subscribers in the Town Hall on 1 February 1854. A large number of subscribers had raised £188 9/- towards purchasing a lifeboat. Lifeboats at Montrose and Aberdeen were inspected before finally deciding on the design by Messrs F Wake and Son of Sunderland. The sum paid was £124 for the boat and its furnishing. A boat house, previously used as a lifeboat house, was leased from the burgh rent free on condition that some repairs were made. The original lifeboat was equipped with Maby’s Apparatus, 10 lifeboats for the crew and 2 life buoys with lines. A volunteer crew was required since the original crew of 'picked people' sailors failed to muster.
Corporate NameRoyal National Lifeboat Institute
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