1. Are you who you think you are? - Dr Stephen Musgrave, award winning former Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Lifeboat Deputy Coxswain discovered that his ancestor had also received the RNLI Silver Medal for a sea rescue in the 1850’s. This illustrated presentation considers the nature-nurture coincidences within his life, explaining the processes of researching his ancestors, and links back to the maritime past of his forebears.
2. Let not the deep….. - ‘Let not the deep swallow me up’ is the motto of the RNLI. Dr Stephen Musgrave, former RNLI Coxswain continues his presentations, with accounts of incidents at sea in the 19th century, including stories of actual rescues and the hardships faced by seafarers in those days.
3. Into the Tempest. - A personal account of Stephen’s time on Fleetwood Lifeboat in Morecambe Bay in the NorthWest of England. Foolhardiness is touched upon through personal experience of near-miss encounters. The talk includes humorous anecdotes along with sad episodes from real incidents.
4. Wooden Boats and Iron Men - In December 1886 the worst disaster in the annals of British Lifeboat history took place when 27 lifeboatmen were lost in attempting to rescue the crew of the Barque ’Mexico’. Other incidents are also depicted in this illustrated talk.
5. Sea Changes - Technology advances have transformed seafaring for commercial and leisure use of the sea. In the 19th century steam power was at the cutting edge of technology, and in the 21st century electronic systems now have a similarly transformative effect with small yachts having equivalent navigation and communication equipment to commercial vessels in the twentieth century.
6. Semaphore to Satellite Communication – The sudden advance in tele-communication in the past 100 years has been remarkable; from the advent of telegraphy, the introduction of telephones and radio, and the impact that satellite systems now have on global communication. This is not a technical talk, but provides human insight into the effect of these changes on our modern lives.