Book Review – ‘The Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster: 27 October 1916’ by Cathryn Pearce

By Cathryn Pearce, published November 2020


Roger Barrett, curator of the Salcombe Lifeboat Museum, chairman of the Salcombe Maritime Museum and former station manager at the Prawle Point National Coastwatch Station, has written a well-researched and well-presented popular book on the loss of the Salcombe lifeboat on 27 October 1916. The book was timed to be published at exactly one year before the centenary commemoration of the disaster.

The book is chock-full of black-and-white photographs of the lifeboat, crew, and the locations that were important to the disaster and rescue. Maps and line drawings clearly lay out the geography of the area. There is plenty of detail on the design and building of theĀ William and Emma, enough for any aficionado of heritage craft. All of the illustrations enhance the text, giving the reader a clear understanding of lifeboat operations and the events of the disaster …

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Filed under: English Channel
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

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