1888

New lifeboat launched by Duchess of Edinburgh, named Queen Victoria to mark Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee.

James Arnold was killed when his cart used for collecting seaweed was thrown over by a rope used in launching the lifeboat; the horse was also killed.

The Brighstone lifeboat was launched on service on 9 March to the ship Sirenia that had run aground on the Atherfield Ledge but sadly she been capsized by a huge wave and her Coxswain (Moses Munt) & her Second Coxswain (Tom Cotton) were lost.  On hearing about the wreck, Coxswain Joey Attrill & Second Coxswain James Baker of the Bembridge lifeboat set off on foot and walked to Brighstone, some 15 miles, in heavy leather sea boots and offered themselves as volunteers to replace the men who had been drowned.   The lifeboat was again launched and rescued the crew of the ship.  Brook lifeboat had also launched and had also capsized with the sad loss of one crew member (Second Coxswain Reuben Cooper).