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Grace Darling’s heroism

Posted in Adventure, Anniversary on Saturday, 28 August 2010

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Grace Darling and her feat of heroism. Illustration by John Keay

7 September marks the anniversary of an act of heroism that took place in 1838. Grace Horsley Darling was the daughter of William Darling, a lighthouse keeper. Born in 1815 in Bamburgh, Northumberland, she grew up in Brownsman and Longstone lighthouses.

In 1838, Grace looked out from a window at Longstone Lighthouse and saw the SS Forfarshire foundering on a rock, the ship split in two. Realising that the seas were too rough to launch a lifeboat, she and her father used a rowing boat to rescue 13 people from the waters.

picture, portrait, Grace Darling

A portrait of Grace Darling. Illustration by John Keay

More pictures of Grace Darling and her daring rescue can be found here. Many more illustrations featuring acts of heroism can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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