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Subject: Re: [MAR] : Joseph BENNETT Coxswain Hoylake Lifeboat 1810
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:07:24 EDT

Hi Tony and thanks,

I would also add the following from an RNLI pamphlet :-

"The Henry Greathead lifeboat required a crew of 13, although the number of
oarsmen could be increased to as many as 20 in bad weather."

I have interpreted this to mean -

1. One man per Pulling Oar.
2. One man on the Steering Oar.[usually the Coxswain]
3. Two men to haul in survivors.

A total of thirteen crew, "although in storm conditions - the oars could be
double-manned" giving a crew of twenty three.

On this particular rescue - "the whole crew were lost". Three adults and
four teenagers were buried; one member of the crew was never found. So, how
many were in the lifeboat when it was launched ?


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