Early Life-Boats in Liverpool Bay

By Nicholas Leach, published February 1995


This article examines the establishment of life-boats in Liverpool Bay in the context of the economic changes that were occurring in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. The expansion of shipping and navigational difficulties at the mouth of the Mersey gave concern to ship-owners and marine underwriters alike. The initiatives taken to safeguard shipping the mouth of the river and the stationing of boats to save lives and property are traced through the town council minutes and later the Liverpool Docks Committee.

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Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Lifesaving & Coastguard | Merchant Marines

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