Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Hearts of Oak 1871


Page 7 of the Isle of Gazette (16/01/2009) has a very interesting article on the heroes of the Margate Lifeboat and facts on the Lifeboatmen who have died on service .
There are many accounts of the heroism of both the Margate and Ramsgate Lifeboats in written history and in local folklore. One such account of a rescue I find fascinating is of a rescue that took place off Margate on 25th January 1871, it was a typical RNLI rescue of the time full of strength, determination and bravery. This inspired the wife of the owner of Keebles Gazette to write lyrics to the tune of Hearts of Oak in honour of the bravery of the RNLI crew, I have attached a copy of the lyrics and history of the rescue for you to download. The original is on display in the Margate Museum and is an excellent reminder of what our coastal Heritage is all about.

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