Left: The very first Life-Boat Journal dated 1 March 1852. Right: The 618th issue of Lifeboat magazine published January 2017.
Left: The very first Life-Boat Journal dated 1 March 1852. Right: The 618th issue of Lifeboat magazine published January 2017.

The Lifeboat Journal, today’s Lifeboat magazine, was launched in 1852 and Richard Lewis quickly became its general editor with Captain Ross Ward providing technical expertise and insights.

The journal had diverse content, ranging from accounts of rescues and gallantry around the coast to articles on nautical matters and meteorology by renowned experts such as Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy. Occasionally it even contained poems and songs on a lifeboat theme.

The 618th issue of the Lifeboat magazine has recently been published and whilst the magazine is as informative as ever, sadly there are no songs or poems.