RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves sea life too

Tonight, I parked next to a giant RNLI low loader to look at what it was carrying – a rare site so far inland and just down the road from the World of Water Field Centre.

The RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution, has always been one of the charities we have supported and one of my relatives, Lieut R. Jesse, Chief Officer of Coastguard, received a medal  for his gallant conduct in putting off in the Tenby lifeboat and rescuing the crews of the schooner Agenoria of Bideford and the schooner Alexandre of Havre on 20 December 1855, just three years after The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society handed over Tenby Lifeboat to the R.N.L.I.

I’ve often thought that Tenby would be a good location for World of Water to establish its Sea Centre Project as the Welsh name for Tenby town is Dinbych y Pysgod (lit ‘fortlet of the fish’), but sealife needs to be safe globally, not just locally, so the whole ocean needs to be guarded from attack by polluters and ravagers.

“There’s always a lot that individuals can do but unless groups work together to protect the whole environment the chances of improving the health this planet any time soon is low.”

“Save the Life of the Sea – and the life of the Freshwaters which feed into it.”

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RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves sea life too

Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat called to second whale incident after 15 year gap





Thank you RNLI

Posted by Grant

Aquisitions of the Month

First the Dolly Peg, then the Conical Copper Sucker.

As soon as tap water becomes available,  streams are no longer put to use in washing clothes and rinsing under waterfalls stops. The washing tub and the dolly get invented and before too long, clothes are whirling around in electric washer-spinner-driers ‘driven’ by motherboards that are more expensive to replace when they stop functioning than the cost of buying a new washing machine. This is a form of lunacy we cannot continue. It’s an eco crime – an act of ecocide.

Along the way, there have been many interesting inventions and two examples of washday ways have recently been aquired for the World of Water Collections.
Firstly,a copper-bottomed sucker, posser, presser or squasher which was designed to lift up and down to pump and suck the soapy water through the washing in a tub.
Secondly, a washboard made of smoothly ridged glass held in a wooden frame.

Both these inventions pushed the washing dolly into the history books but until we are all wearing spray on clothing that is recyclable, daily, the fast spinning easy iron eco washing machine will continue to keep us grime-free – unless like millions around the World, your weekly wash still takes place on the banks of a large and unclean river like the people washing in the Yamuna river in Agra.



There are also three new publications in the World of Water library. Two donations and one purchase.

  1.  ‘Catalogue of Roman Remains Bath‘ containing photographs and a plan of the Roman Baths in Bath, UK.  (Donated) .



2.  ‘A Handy Guide To Fish Culture Or Fish Culture Being Specially Designed For The Use Of Amateurs And For Guidance In The Improvements of Fisheries‘ by Armistead J.J.  1st Edition. Pub. 1897 by: The Angler Ltd. Scarborough.  Summary: 119 pages, text illus, catalogue at end for fish, plants, apparatus etc. with prices, original covers, unevenly faded as often. Purchased for £22.00. This will help us continue to revise our paper on the chronological dates in the history of aquaculture.

3. ‘Identification of the British Mollusca‘ by Gordon E. Beedham  (Donated), which will help us identify more of the molluscs in our Shell Museum.