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DVD tells tales of lifeboatmen

PUBLISHED: 13:36 17 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:13 05 July 2010

THE fading pages chronicle heroic stories of brave lifeboat crews from Norfolk and Suffolk saving lives off the North Sea.

And now the detailed exploits of lifeboatmen are only a click away in Cromer from next month.

THE fading pages chronicle heroic stories of brave lifeboat crews from Norfolk and Suffolk saving lives off the North Sea.

And now the detailed exploits of lifeboatmen are only a click away in Cromer from next month.

More than 150 years of bravery on the waves can be viewed on screen at the Henry Blogg Museum which has 582 issues of Lifeboat magazine compiled on one DVD.

Although the DVD and CD-ROM will soon be available to buy for £100, the Cromer museum is the only site in the country in which anyone intrigued by the voluntary and modest heroes can view the archives by appointment.

The museum was chosen in part because of Cromer lifeboat man's Henry Blobg's legendary life saving exploits

The Lifeboat magazine archives feature all of Mr Blogg's 387 rescues - including the famous 1917 rescue of 11 crew members of the SS Fernebo in which he and his crew braved ferocious weather for 14 hours to save lives.

And a trawl through the easy to use DVD reveals the bravery of other lifeboat crews from 1852 to 2008, including Caister's “Never Turn Back” crew and teams from Yarmouth, Gorleston and Hunstanton.

All that is needed is the name of crewman, stricken craft and lifeboat station and all the information available appears in seconds - from the Caister rescue in 1907 of the Russia barge the Anna Precht to the evacuation of one crewman from the destroyer HMS Whitshed off Yarmouth in 1941.

An early issue of Lifeboat shows the Lowestoft rescue of the brig Tennant which had ran aground on the Newcome Sand in 1857.

The magazine reported: “The reputation of this life boat has been long established and she behaved in her usual admirable manner on this occasion.”

The DVD complements the Henry Blogg Museum's comprehensive collection of magazines and journals and it hopes that the new historical aid will help even more people research life boats and the countless lives they saved.

Jacqui Palmer, manager of the sea front museum said: “There is no replacing the original magazines but the DVD is a wonderful resource - whether you are interested in the voluntary career of a particular crew member, boat and rescue or if you are simply fascinated by stories of quiet bravery.”

The lifeboat magazine archive can be viewed by appointment at the museum by calling 01263 511294 from February.


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