Illustrations of the RNLI's safety fishing boat taken from Richard Lewis's history book, The Lifeboat and Its Work
Illustrations of the RNLI's safety fishing boat taken from Richard Lewis's history book, The Lifeboat and Its Work

Commercial fishing was a dangerous occupation in the 19th century, as it is now, and the RNLI introduced a safety fishing boat by building such boats and placing them at selected lifeboat stations. In Lewis’s words, this was ‘with the view of inducing fishermen to construct their boats after this model’.

The project was apparently successful, particularly in the north and east of Scotland where there was good take up.

Today we’re encouraging fishermen to assess the safety of their fishing boats and deck machinery and to apply for funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to improve their vessel’s safety.