The grave of John Lukin, the original inventor of the lifeboat.
He received the King’s patent for his invention in the year 1784, according to his gravestone.
(The Sphere, December 21, 1912.)
Lukin predates by five years the men cited by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)as lifeboat pioneers. William Woulhave, a parish clerk, and Henry Greathead, a boat builder,
created their lifeboat, named "Original", half a decade after Lukin got his patent. The "Original" served forty years on station at the mouth of the river Tyne.
The National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck was formed in 1824.
It changed its name to the RNLI thirty years later, and is nearing 200 years continuous existence.