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    Footage of lifeboat being launched and rescue mission.

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    Lifeboat launching and rescue. Location of events unknown.

    Boats and ships; safety. Launching of a lifeboat. First part should come last; after the launching itself. A dramatised scene in which the new lifeboat is sent out to the rescue. CU side view man on a porch looking through spyglass telescope. He evidently spots some accident or other emergency; calls to some other men; points out toward sea and they look.

    MS man ringing bell as signal. Slow motion shot of men in waders running out of different doorways from attached houses or one long building. Tracking shot form boat heading out. Men putting on raincoats with life jackets over; and rain hats. The men in front of lifeboat before launching. Shot from behind of the crew in boat as it slides towards water and splashes. Side view of the launching; boat is in a sort of shed up on scaffolding.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:44:00 / 01:58:02:00
    ON 363 D

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  1. Unknown user says

    The clip features the Spurn Point (Humber) lifeboat RNLB City of Bradford II a 45'.6" x 12'6" Watson class motor lifeboat stationed at Spurn 1929-53 this would mean the 1920 tag was incorrect.

    The Coxswain featured is Mr Robert Cross who was in post from 1911 till 1943 when he retired aged 67 he passed away aged 88 in 1964.

    During his career as Coxswain he was awarded 2 Gold medals (the lifeboat VC), 3 Silver medals and 2 Bronze. He was also awarded the George Medal.

    Lifeboats under his command rescued 453 lives, 244 in the war years.

    Something else of historic interest are the shots of the crew leaving their houses, these were built in 1858 and were in use up to 1975 when new cottages were built. Spurn Point or Humber lifeboat station has been crewed by full timers not volunteers since then.

    Hope this is of interest.

    Yours aye,


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