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Published on Oct 25, 2014
From Ted Hide's book 'The Fishermen of Eastbourne'.... The first Eastbourne lifeboat was named 'Samaritan' having been built by the local boat builders John and William Simpson. The 'Samaritan' was 25ft long, had a beam of 8ft 6in and was pulled by 10 oars. John Fuller, M.P. of Rose Hill, near Brightling, Sussex financed the lifeboat. He was known as 'Mad Jack' and is interred in the pyramid type mausoleum, which can be seen in Brightling churchyard to this day.
This is a song of mine called 'Samaritan', the tale of the inaugural rescue by 'Samaritan',of the crew of the Isabella, a ship of 340 tons from the Port of London. John and William Simpson are ancestors of mine.
Dedicated to the brave crews of the RNLI everywhere.