Help needed to picture history of Appledore RNLI

Old photographs or memorabilia sought to recreate chronicle of village’s seafaring rescue tradition.

OLD Appledore families are being asked if they can help with a new history chronicling the community’s proud 183 lifeboat tradition.

Author Alan Salsbury is writing a book on the history of Appledore RNLI and would like to hear from anyone who has memorabilia or pictures that can be copied or photographed.

The hardback book will be the fourth in his RNLI series, having already featured Torbay, Plymouth and Exmouth, with sales profits donated to Appledore RNLI.

Many Appledore families – such as the Craner, Cox, Cann families - have had relatives on the boats and many received awards and Vellum Certificates from the Institution.


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Alan Salsbury is very keen to photograph some of these, to borrow old photographs and hear past stories.

The village’s link to lifeboats goes back to the 1825, the year after the RNLI was formed, with the Volunteer being the first boat to be stationed there. Since then Appledore RNLI lifeboat crews have been presented with 31 awards for gallantry.

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Alan is particularly short of images of coxswains and the older boats such as the Volunteer, Assistance, Petrel, Mary Ann, Dolphin and the Mermaid.

Anyone who thinks they might be able to help is asked to take pictures or memorabilia to Appledore Lifeboat Station where it can be scanned or copied, call the station on (01237) 473969 or email Alan direct on alan.salsbury@btinternet.com.

Over a period of 90 years, 1829–1919, Appledore crewmembers received 21 Silver Medals for rescues from the many shipwrecks that occurred off the North Devon coast.

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