Over 200 years ago, 7th October 1802 marked a very important event in the history of maritime rescue. On that date, the Zetland lifeboat arrived at Redcar on the North East coast of England and began an illustrious service to the seafarers who risked their lives to ply their trade round the shores of Britain.
The Zetland lifeboat remains at Redcar and is the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world.
The lifeboatmen of Redcar who manned the Zetland saved over 500 lives and witnessed some of the greatest triumphs and tragedies ever to be experienced at sea. These pages are a tribute to the brave lifeboat crews of Redcar who, for 200 years, have risked their lives to save others.