Dr. Simon Wills introduces his book Lifeboatmen with a talk on the true events which inspired the novel. Come along to Poole Museum on Saturday 8th March at 2.00 pm.
The book tells the story of a tragic local controversy of 1866. As the worst hurricane for over a century devastated the south coast of England, the newly-appointed Poole lifeboat was launched to aid the many stricken ships in the vicinity but unaccountably failed to save any lives. Many sailors were drowned as a result. The lifeboatmen were publicly accused of cowardice by the Mayor and local dignitaries, creating a serious rift in the close-knit community. It was in this atmosphere of suspicion and blame that lifeboat coxswain Richard Stokes had the task of creating a viable team to be ready for their next dangerous rescue attempt. This fast paced true story is an authentic and enthralling evocation of a nineteenth century seafaring community on the brink of great change.