1866: Postcard showing how Margate's self-righting lifeboat, Quiver No.1, was funded by readers of Quiver magazine
1866: Postcard showing how Margate's self-righting lifeboat, Quiver No.1, was funded by readers of Quiver magazine

Unsurprisingly as a former journalist, Richard Lewis devoted huge energy to cultivating a strong relationship with the press.

His efforts were timely as taxes were abolished on newspapers and paper in 1855 and 1861 leading to a massive expansion of daily and Sunday newspapers.

Lewis was a regular correspondent to newspapers around Britain and Ireland, from the Cork Examiner and Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser to the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian and London Daily News.

He made appeals for funds, announced the deployment of new lifeboats, promoted the work of the RNLI and acts of gallantry, as well as issuing rebuttals or correcting press inaccuracies.

Today the RNLI has a network of volunteer lifeboat press officers at stations across the UK and Ireland who report on local rescues and promote their station's lifesaving work. They are supported by teams at our regional press offices and at our 24-hour central press office in Poole.