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Life-saving coastguard rocket

Date made: 1890 (circa)

Maker / artist: unknown

Date collected: unknown

Material: iron

Period: Victorian

Accession number: F7194

A life-saving rocket – used by the Folkestone Coastguard in Victorian times to save lives from vessels wrecked close to the shore. The rockets were launched from the beach, attached to a length of rope, and aimed at the masts and rigging of the stricken ship. If a line was successfully fired across, a bosun’s chair (a canvas seat suspended on ropes) was attached by which passengers and crew were hauled one at a time back to shore.

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