RNLI celebrates 175th anniversary of Grace Darling rescue

The RNLI has celebrated the 175th anniversary of the famous rescue made by Grace Darling in the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.

Grace became one of Britain’s most celebrated heroines when she and her father risked their lives to save nine stricken survivors of the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire on September 7, 1838.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the RNLI held a celebration at Seahouses lifeboat station of the 175th anniversary of the famous rescue carried out by Grace Darling on September 7, 1838. Pictured are Seahouses volunteer RNLI crew members scattering flowers at the Forfar Rock in the Farne Islands in memory of Grace Darling and those lost on the SS Forfarshire that was wrecked on the rock that took its name from the disaster. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the RNLI held a celebration at Seahouses lifeboat station of the 175th anniversary of the famous rescue carried out by Grace Darling on September 7, 1838. Pictured are Seahouses volunteer RNLI crew members scattering flowers at the Forfar Rock in the Farne Islands in memory of Grace Darling and those lost on the SS Forfarshire that was wrecked on the rock that took its name from the disaster. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI

Yesterday, the restored lifeboat, the William Riley, was rowed to the Farnes to recreate the rescue.

Seahouses volunteer RNLI crew members scattered flowers at the Forfar Rock in the Farne Islands in memory of Grace and those lost on the ship that was wrecked on the rock that took its name from the disaster.

Back on land, a family fun day, including a Grace Darling rowing challenge, a heritage trail and children’s finger-painting, was held in and around Seahouses boathouse.