Lifeboat in rough seas

#Picture Number SH114

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Victorian illustration to download showing the Filey lifeboat in rough seas and under a stormy sky going to the rescue of a ship in trouble. The lifeboat is an open boat, rowed by five pairs of oarsmen, with one man at the tiller, and the coxswain directing the boat. All wear lifebelts. In the background is Scarborough Castle on its headland. Around the time of this illustration (April 1860) there were frequent very high winds in the North Sea – in one of these gales, 12 boats from Filey’s fishing fleet were wrecked or damaged.