Meet the author of book charting Exmouth’s lifeboats

The history of Exmouth’s lifeboats has been charted in a new book, which author Alan Salsbury will be signing in Exeter on Saturday

The author who charted the history of the town’s lifeboats will be signing copies of his latest book in Exmouth, on Saturday, September 25.

Alan Salsbury, author of A History of Exmouth Lifeboats – Across the Bar, will be in Exmouth’s WH Smith, in the Magnolia Centre, from 2pm-4pm.

All the royalties from the book will be donated to the RNLI.

RNLI speaker Alan, from Newton Abbot, spent hundreds of hours collating the history of the town’s lifeboats.


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The book, available for �19.95, contains 160 pages of historical detail.

There are more than 150 images, covering Exmouth lifeboat history from the first vessel in 1802, to the first RNLI lifeboat Victoria - introduced in 1859 - right up to the present day all-weather lifeboat, the Mersey class Margaret Jean.

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Alan, who has previously penned books about the history of Torbay and Plymouth RNLI stations, said: “I salute the volunteer crews and I am proud to support this worthwhile charity.

“The Exmouth RNLI station has a fascinating history. For over 200 years the lifeboat crew has battled the infamous Exmouth Bar to reach open sea and save lives.

“On many occasions, due to the silting up of the river and the weather conditions, the lifeboats could not cross the bar.”

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