1st.ed., 1974. (X) + 321 pp., 50 photo-plates, 4 line drawings & a map (cold. & fldg.). D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. Published to commemorate the first 150 years of the RNLI - a service responsible for saving almost 100,000 lives at sea up to 1974 – 36,000 of them during the previous fifty years. The cost in terms of crews has sometimes been appalling ; volunteers who put to sea to answer a call of distress in conditions that sends most shipping scurrying to seek shelter. The author tells the history of the Service and describes the development of the marine engine, the impact of war upon rescue attempts, the centenary celebrations, the post-war era, the inshore boats, and accounts of epic rescues. In addition there are 8 Appendices giving details of Gold Medal awards, RNLI stations past and present, types of life-boats employed, etc. THE FIRST 150 YEARS OF THE RNLI.