The following is an extract from the London Daily News’ coverage of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Meeting in 1864:
The committee expressed their regret and surprise that the Yarmouth beach men had positively refused to put off in the large lifeboat to the rescue of the steamer Ontario, which was wrecked on Hasborough sands on the 20th ult.
The excuse of the men was that as the steam-tugs had been engaged to save the property, they might also be employed to finish the work, forgetting entirely that the special duty of the lifeboat is to save life.
During the past month the institution had sent new lifeboats to Donna Nook, Skegness and Theddlethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast.
These boats were all the gifts of benevolent persons to the institution.
The three boats were liberally conveyed to their destination, free of charge, by the Great Northern Railway Company.
Source: Daily News (London, England), Friday, November 4, 1864