Joseph Conrad, dreaming of the day the UK’s first lifeboat radar would be installed in his memoryPhoto: Author unknown, via Wikimedia Commons
Joseph Conrad, dreaming of the day the UK’s first lifeboat radar would be installed in his memory

In an unlikely fusion of new meets old, the first radar is funded in memory of Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad, following a 1957 appeal on the 100th anniversary of his birth. After several years searching for radar sets suitable for lifeboat use, a Decca type 202 set is installed in the new Oakley class lifeboat.