Document: Invention of the Lifeboat

By courtesy of Frederick C. Wigby, published August 1972


In 1802 the Select Committee of the House of Commons investigated Mr Greathead’s petition respecting his invention of a lifeboat. Having interviewed a number of witnesses with direct knowledge of Greathead’s lifeboat and its fitness for purpose, it was acknowledged that he was the inventor of the lifeboat and that Parliament would award him £1200 for his services to seafarers.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

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