Sunday 7 October 2018

Sunday Snap – The Sea Lifesavers

We were in Manchester for last week's Sunday Snap of the 16th President of the United States. I asked who he was and the answer is

Abraham Lincoln

Getting the right answer of the people, for the people and by people were Soma, Susan, Cheryl, Anne, Lisa, Kara and Minoru.

A number of you asked last week why there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester. The bronze statue by George Grey Barnard was originally meant to stand outside the Houses of Parliament to mark 100 years of unbroken peace that had existed since 1814 between Britain and the USA. Once the statue had been finished Lincoln's son, Robert, intervened and said he didn't like the way his father's hands had been placed over his stomach and it became known as the 'stomach ache statue'. An alternative statue that was destined for Liverpool was instead sent to London.

Rather than swapping the two statues around this one became homeless until members of the Manchester Art Gallery committee raised the money to bring this statue to the city. They stated it was a fitting place for it to be erected as Lincoln himself in 1863 acknowledged the support of the Manchester people working in the cotton mills during the time that cotton exports were blocked during the American Civil War. A version of this speech is engraved onto the plinth when it was relocated in 1986 but the term 'working men' was replaced with 'working people'.

Onto this week and we are all at sea. Pictured is not a full-scale rescue mission but a Tuesday night practice session in Seahouses Harbour in Northumberland. Located here is one of the 238 RNLI stations in the UK.

In 1808 Sir William Hillary moved to the Isle of Man. Over the years he became used to seeing the force of the sea surrounding the island. After witnessing the wrecking of the RMS Racehorse when it ran unto rocks in December 1822 Sir William decided it was time to have a proper national rescue service. His first thought was that it should be down to the Navy to organise it but when he put his proposal to the Admiralty they didn't seem keen on the idea. Instead Sir William used his contacts in London to raise the funds needed

Once it was up and running funding became a constant issue. Voluntary donations had dropped to such a low level that it had to accept subsidies from the government to continue. These subsidies stopped in 1869 when it was decided that the government intervention that came with the money was interfering with the running of the service. Today the RNLI receives no funding from the government but relies on public donations, appeals and legacies in order raise the money needed for the £176.5m that was required in 2017.

The service continued throughout both world wars. In World War One with so many young men enlisted in action the average age of a crewman was over 50. They still managed to attend to 1,808 calls and in the process saved over 5,000 people. Many of these rescues were to ships that had hit mines or been torpedoed. The biggest operation they were involved in during World War 2 was the Dunkirk evacuation. One boat alone collected 2,800 troops. The RNLI now relies on both paid staff and 4,700 volunteer crew members to maintain its 24 hour, 365 day service. This week's question is

What does 'RNLI' stand for?

We were joined last week by Sara and some of her favourite things – a Venus fly trap light art, Interlaken grapes and a perennial sunflower. Soma has been camping in the High Sierra mountains. The gate to the secret garden was found by Susan. It was a windy day for Cheryl on Hastings Pier. Lisa has been spotting meteors in the desert. A trip to London for Kara meant visits to Stamford Bridge and Les Misérables. In Japan Minoru found a park full of red spider lilies. Finally, Jesh has taken a moment to remember a holiday in Italy.

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  1. Royal National Lifeboat Institution - there headquarters are based here and we often visit on their open days. Both my best friend and my neighbour work for them :)

  2. Ahh that's an easy one - Royal National Lifeboat Institution - but then, I come from a seaside town (Hastings) ! :)

  3. Thank you for filling us in about the Abraham Lincoln statue. So interesting!

  4. Royal Navy Lifeboat Institute.
    Thanks for hosting x

  5. Hi! Nice capture. The Lincoln's story is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh I know this one. It's the Royal Navy Lifeboat Institute. xx


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