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.
When a keeper deemed it appropriate, a breeches buoy was put into action.
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.
Homer made several sketches of the breeches buoy while in Atlantic City and featured it in this painting.
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.
The breeches buoy lifesaving apparatus will be demonstrated on Saturday in the Pier Head car park, South Shields, which is the site of the former Pier Works yard where the first drill took place in 1866.
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. Inside the brigade's watch house are figureheads and name boards from vessels which have come to grief.
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.