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How did they plan for success?

Oil. Thomas Wilson: First Chairman 1824-42. Artist unknown. Portrait

​Thomas Wilson, MP for London, joined the campaign and recommended that, in the absence of support from the Government and Admiralty, Sir William Hillary should seek funding for the national lifeboat service from wealthy philanthropists. He stirred up support in his constituency and in parliamentary circles, while another campaigner, George Hibbert, Chairman of the West Indies Merchants Company, sought support from shipping businesses.

Both worked to raise the profile of the campaign by convincing influential people to attend their second meeting in London on 4 March 1824. At this meeting, the National Society for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (today's RNLI) was formed.



Source 14: Letters from Sir William Hillary to The King and the AdmiralitySource 15: National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck

Source 16: Consultation with other maritime organisations


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