Lifesaving on the Thames
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Northumberland's design challenge
The competition was advertized in the national and local press. This resulted in 280 entries, including 82 from London and 11 from other countries. Entrants were asked to submit scale models and plans of their designs, which were then assessed by a committee against a set of criteria. This even included testing models in the Thames for stability.
Beeching's winning design
After Beeching's lifeboat was built and exhaustive trials had been carried out, the management committee decided that they would try to combine the best features of all the other entries submitted into a single design.
The committee asked James Peake, Master Shipwright of the Royal Dockyard at Woolwich, to prepare drawings and build the new improved boat. The result, known as the 'Self Righting Pulling and Sailing Lifeboat', became the mainstay of the RNLI's fleet for the next 50 years.
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