Prior to the installation of the Lifeboat at St Annes, the saving of lives and vessels usually relied on the Fishermen families in St Annes. The Mellings were probably actively engaged in the ‘Lifeboat’ business before there was an official Lifeboat. As well as altruistic motives there was always the prospect of ‘Salvage’. After all, these men had to make a living.
Attached to this page is an account of the contribution made by one St Annes family to the Lifeboat service in that town.