Our snapper was on hand to capture South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade using breeches buoy
to rescue the captain and the 22-man crew.
At 4.55pm he sent an order calling for the lifesaving equipment - rocket propelled lines and a breeches buoy
rope rescue device - to be sent to Sker Point.
The breeches buoy
lifesaving apparatus will be demonstrated today in the Pier Head car park, South Shields, which is the site of the former Pier Works yard where the first drill took place in 1866.
They carried their equipment with them, which ranged from a "surfboat"--weighing up to 1,000 pounds--to an ingenious device called a "breeches buoy
" to an enclosed lifeboat known as a "lifecar."
Crews will demonstrate the 'Breeches Buoy
' rescue technique that saved 40 of the Royal Charter's crew at 2.30pm.
Instead the City Fire Brigade rigged a breeches buoy
to the ship, but additional manpower was needed to man the lines.
They drilled daily to hone their skills at firing lines (which would be shot to stricken ships), practicing retrieving "victims" with the breeches buoy
(a sort of life-ring with shorts in which a person would sit and be pulled to shore along a line attached to the ship), handling their surfboats, and quickly preparing and moving their equipment in a heavy, wide-wheeled wagon known as the apparatus cart.
During a visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the summer of 1883, Homer witnessed the use of a new life-saving device (called a "breeches buoy
") designed to save people from shipwrecks.
January 20, 1963: South Shields' Volunteer Life Brigade battled to save the captain and the 22-man crew of the Lebanese steamer Adelfotis II by using breeches buoy
. The ship had been blown aground next to the Groyne lighthouse in South Shields by gale force winds.
Lifesavers recreated the first time a breeches buoy
was used in a shipwreck rescue 150 years ago.
On Saturday, April 2 there will be a re-enactment of the first time the breeches buoy
was used to save life from a shipwreck.
Four men, the crew of two tugs that were towing the steamship SS Herefordshire from Dartmouth to a breaker's yard in Scotland, were brought to shore one by one in the canvas bucket of a breeches buoy
after scrambling onto the island when the ship hit the rocks.