National Geographic : 1961 Aug
HS EKTACHROMEBY RORFPTP r.nnnN Ur. c Sliding down her launching ramp on a practice run, the Lizard lifeboat smacks a placid sea. On call day and night, the rescue boat and its volunteer crews often face howling gales and mountainous seas that bring ships to grief. Holed by rocks, Cromdale breaks up under the lash of pound ing waves. The square-rigger, one of the last sailing ships in the Australian wool trade, ran aground in May, 1913, in fog off the Lizard. Cadgwith lifeboatmen rescued the crew. F. E . GIBSON On Cadgwith beach, lob sterman F. J. Stephens (left) yarns with the author and recalls his first rescue mis sion, the saving of Crom dale's crew. Quiet heroism distinguishes his long serv ice with lifeboat crews. Sunny skies and calm sea bring a day of rest to the coxswain of Coverack's life Sboat. He exchanges smiles with a young visitor. Boats and crews of the Royal National Lifeboat In stitution have saved more than 8.3,000 lives during 137 years of service. Voluntary donations support the work.