BRITAIN ON THE HIGH SEAS ‘Heroic Endeavour’

24th June 2024

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Foreword

This book, Heroic Endeavour, is our tribute to all those who work to save lives at sea, especially the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s brave crews, tireless fundraisers and supportive families – in particular those from the Lymington crew, where our son Edward is a volunteer. In the 200 years since its inception in March 1824, the RNLI has saved more than 140,000 lives at sea and tragically lost more than 600 lives in the process. The first section of this edition contains medals for gallantry, a silver lifeboat model, painted wooden models, oil paintings, designs and photographic records, all relating to the RNLI. 

The second part of the book concerns the Royal Navy with particular reference to the great Trafalgar battleship HMS Bellerophon and continues to a watercolour of World War I destroyers engaged in a ‘Moonlight Scrap’. The third section features commercial shipping from open fishing cobles and luggers to steam cargo ships. Finally, we celebrate the recreational enjoyment derived from humble Thames rowing boats to state of the art America’s Cup racing yachts. 

Caroline Wallrock, author of;

Britain on the High Seas: From Nelson to Churchill

Britain on the High Seas: Trafalgar, Trophies and Trade

Britain on the High Seas: Merchants and Mariners

Britain on the High Seas: Wars and Wealth

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