The dramatic return of a National Lifeboat Institution (later R.N.L.I.) ten man oared lifeboat and their seven survivors is depicted, as it makes its way into the safety of a stone quay harbour. The survivors have been rescued from a sailing vessel driven aground on rocks in a perilous stormy sea (the vessel is just visible in left distance off the end of the headland). Most of the population of the coastal village appear to have braved the weather to cheer home the return of their brave volunteer lifeboat men. Note the steering mechanism of the rudder, which the Coxswain controls by ropes. Beneath the subtitle are three lines of a poem.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (R.N.L.I.) is a greatly admired charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as well as on selected inland waterways.
Frederick Hunter (ƒl. Late 19th cent.) was a mezzotint engraver and etcher of portraits, architectural views and dramatic scenes after his contemporaries.
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