Some of the oldest and most famous lifeboat stations can be found in the north-east of England, and down the country's east coast. While the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was established in 1824, and has a long and proud tradition of saving life at sea, many lifeboats were operating on the east coast before the 1820s. Indeed, the first proper design of lifeboat originates in the north-east, on the Tyne, where Henry Greathead built his `Original' lifeboat in 1789. Today, the volunteer lifeboat crews of England's east coast operate high-tech state-of-the-art lifeboats in their work of saving lives at sea in and around some of the busiest sea lanes in the world. The RNLI currently operates twenty-two lifeboat stations between Berwick-upon-Tweed near the Scottish Border and Skegness in Lincolnshire, and this comprehensive book has details of every one, with information about their history, rescues and current lifeboats. It also includes details and outline histories of old stations that have been closed. Many dramatic, courageous and daring rescues have been performed by the lifeboat crews from Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and these are brought to life in the historical introduction, which examines the gallantry and selflessness of the volunteer lifeboat men and women who crew the county's lifeboats as well as tracing the history and development of the lifeboat service in the north-east, looking at the early pioneers of life-saving.