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Sir William Hillary

Sir William Hillary

From his home on the Isle of Man, Sir Hillary witnessed dozens of shipwrecks and was involved in some dramatic rescues with the local independent lifeboat station crew at Douglas.

Sir Hillary came to recognise the need for a unified rescuing service and set about using his not inconsiderable influence to form a ‘national institution for the preservation of lives and property from shipwreck’. This he achieved in 1824.