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A brave young immigrant

When Anna Sophia Turja of Finland boarded the Titanic in Southampton on April 10, 1912, she looked forward to starting a new life in America at the home of her sister and brother-in-law. 589 more words



THE AUGUSTA was Sheringham’s first purpose-built lifeboat, launched in 1838 and condemned as unseaworthy in 1894.

The National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (which later became the RNLI) had been founded a decade before the Augusta was built, but this lifeboat was privately financed by Abbot Upcher’s widow Charlotte. 620 more words

Local History

Atheists should avoid lifeboats

Humanism or atheism is a wonderful philosophy of life as long as you are big, strong, and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. But watch out if you are in a lifeboat and there are others who are younger, bigger, or smarter.

–William Murray



More from Portaferry today.  This town on the Ards Peninsula in County Down has already given us the townland of Tullyboard.  This time I’m exploring… 314 more words

County Down

A P & O ship strikes a mine and passengers take to the lifeboats

Two Anglican Sisters from Clewer had to take to the lifeboats on a dangerous voyage home from India. The incident was hushed up, and the ship repaired… 111 more words

Life On The Home Front

RNLI magic lantern slides

In Britain, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a national treasure (and not in the ‘anyone famous who’s managed to stay on the telly longer than most’ sense). 321 more words


lifeboats of Longhope

Lifeboat saviours, skilled
heroes indeed
to save us
all, all
from our foolish
ways and wayward choices
onto skerries. Light and rescue, life… 27 more words