breeches buoy

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a life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support

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They made three attempts to fire rockets at the wreck, which was just 500 yards away, in the hope of setting up a breeches buoy but the hurricaneforce wind - gusts of 88mph were recorded around this time in Aberporth - blew the lines back to the shore.
But the foul conditions soon stymied the crew; the shifting sands prevented them from setting a sand anchor (against which a breeches buoy line would be levered), and the usual methods of rescue clearly would not work.
For example, the invention of the breeches buoy facilitated marine rescues.
Four coastguards, who at that time were the only people trained to use the lifesaving equipment, fired a rocket over the steamer and the breeches buoy was secured.
Tom Fennelly, present day honorary secretary of the brigade, said: "This is a big weekend for South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and it is a one-off opportunity for people to see the breeches buoy being used.
Significant items include a full set of original breeches buoy rescue equipment, figureheads from shipwrecks, a variety of name boards and wooden decorative carvings from ships.
Brigades such as Blyth, Seaton Sluice, Tynemouth, South Shields and Sunderland competed in a timed breeches buoy rescue operation.
In April 1866, the schooner Tenterden of Sunderland was wrecked and seven people, including a woman and child, were saved, with the South Shields brigade the first to save a life from a shipwreck using the breeches buoy.
The shipwrecked mariners would then be brought safely to shore in a breeches buoy life ring, hauled along the line.
Over the following 150 years, the brigade has developed from only being trained in ship-to-shore breeches buoy rescue to a highly specialist coastal rescue team, dealing with an average of 120 incidents per year.
One of the most dramatic rescues ever undertaken in the North East, however, using the breeches buoy system, was the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade's battle to save the captain and the 22-man crew of the Lebanese steamer Adelfotis II when it ran aground in gale force winds at the Groyne lighthouse in 1963.
The building is home to a collection of figureheads, name boards and other artefacts from shipwrecks as well as displays of rescue equipment, including the breeches buoy, and a photographic archive.
They shot ropes on to the ship and used a breeches buoy - a canvas sack attached to a lifebelt - to transfer the men to the shore.