Inventor of the Lifeboat

The Lukin Grave in England

Inventor of the Lifeboat
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.


Senan Molony - The Sphere


Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) Inventor of the Lifeboat (Sphere, Saturday 21st December 1912, ref: #3136, published 1 July 2004, generated 2nd August 2020 01:36:52 PM); URL :