The Evolution of Rocket-based Maritime Rescue Systems in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

By W.B.C. Probert, published November 1997

Abstract

Being driven onto a lee shore was a common type of shipwreck, often with great loss of life. Manby’s development of a mortar to throw a line from shore was supported by the government from 1816. Following further parliamentary concern, including several Enquiries and the 1854 Merchant Shipping Act, this was supplemented and eventually superseded by a rocket based system based on work by Trengrouse, Dennett and Boxer, so that by the 1870’s “there was a wreck police all over England”.

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Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard | Merchant Marines

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