200 years ago, 7th October 1802 marked a very important event
in the history of maritime rescue. On that date, the Zetland
lifeboat arrived at Redcar on the North East coast of England
and began an illustrious service to the seafarers who risked
their lives to ply their trade round the shores of Britain.
Zetland lifeboat remains at Redcar and is the oldest surviving
lifeboat in the world.
lifeboatmen of Redcar who manned the Zetland saved
over 500 lives and witnessed some of the greatest triumphs and
tragedies ever to be experienced at sea. These pages are a tribute
to the brave lifeboat crews of Redcar who, for 200 years, have
risked their lives to save others.