Sea heroine exhibition comes to Hull

Published: Tuesday 24th November 2015 by The News Editor

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A special exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum is to celebrate the life of a 19th century sea heroine.

Grace Darling helped rescue survivors from the luxury paddle steamship ship SS Forfarshire that was wrecked in 1838.

The vessel was making its regular journey from Hull to Dundee on September 7 when it was caught up in a fierce storm, which swept it onto rocks at the Farne Islands in Northumberland.

Grace and her father William, the local lighthouse keeper, rowed through raging seas to reach survivors. She was just 22 at the time.

The daring rescue is detailed in the exhibition ‘Grace’s People’, which is on tour from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh. It will remain at Hull Maritime Museum until February 21.

Items on display include Grace’s favourite dress, a teaspoon owned by her grandmother, some lustreware jugs that belonged to her mother and a button from her father’s lighthouse keeper’s uniform.

November 24 marks the 200th anniversary of Grace’s birth – and Virginia Mayes-Wright, RNLI Grace Darling Manager, says the exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more about the heroine and to commemorate her life.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Tuesday 24th November 2015 by The News Editor

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