Jacqui Palmer (Heritage Development Manager at the Henry Blogg Museum) spoke in particular about Henry Blogg, Cromer’s famous and most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, who in the course of his long career was awarded 3 gold medals from the RNLI, 4 silver medals, and also the George Cross and British Empire Medal.
One of the rescues which Jacqui described was that of the crew of the barge Sepoy, which had been on its way from Hull to London but got into trouble off Cromer. The seas were extremely stormy and it was impossible to shoot a line from the beach to the barge. The lifeboat Alexandra attempted the rescue but Henry Blogg returned with another lifeboat -H.F.Bailey – which was deliberately crashed onto the barge as the seas made it impossible to draw alongside; the H.F. Bailey made the rescue and was landed on the beach afterwards.
Jacqui told us also about several other dramatic rescues (see https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/museums/henry-blogg-museum) and also spoke about some other aspects of lifesaving – all with excellent photos.