FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - CIVILIANS STORIES
Lifeboat: A small boat on a ship, or on the shore, used to recue people.
Aground: When the bottom of a ship is stuck on the sea bed.
Years ago there used to be lifeboats on Sable Island. They were as big as a ships lifeboat. A crew of eight men rowed the lifeboat. Each crew looked after their own part of the coast. Horses dragged the boat into the surf on a wagon. The crew would then row out to rescue people from ships. A rope was shot from the lifeboat to the ship by a rocket. Then the people would be carried across from the ship to the lifeboat. Ships often ran aground on Sable Island. The Cornwallis was used to bring one of the lifeboats from the island to Halifax. We carried it on our deck. You can see it at the museum in Halifax.
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