Posted by: lifeboatlady | 04/11/2014

The Rohilla rescue and dressing up kit – RNLI at the Maritime Museum

During half term the RNLI had a stand at the “Ships, Clocks and Stars” exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The exhibition, which runs until January 2015, marks the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in July 1714, and tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation.   It includes the original Longitude Act of 1714, on public display for the first time ever, and a rare opportunity to see all five of John Harrison’s now legendary timekeepers together, the first to allow accurate timekeeping at sea. 

Knowing that many families would use the opportunity of half term to visit the exhibition, the RNLI thought it would be an excellent chance to talk to lots of children and young people about the lifeboat and lifeguard service and how to keep themselves safe by water.   So the stand was shared by the Education and Heritage sections of RNLI.    

The stand had various projects for children to do, information, and the ever??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? popular dressing up  in lifeboat kit.   Then there was a story-telling session which told visitors about the 1914 rescue when RNLI volunteers helped to save the life of 144 people on the First World War hospital ship, the Rohilla, which ran aground near Whitby on its way to Dunkirk to rescue soldiers.   

The RNLI stand attracted many visitors.   There is a selection of photographs below, and here are John Partington and Tim Yeowell who were among those manning the stand.

Photographs courtesy Amanda Robson

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