On, Monday, 5th, January, 1857, “Emma” of North Shields, 260 tons, Captain McKenzie, from Shields to Villiericies with coal and coke, wrecked off Redcar. The crew of nine hands were saved by the “Zetland”. On this occasion great credit was due to the young men of Redcar, whose ages ranged from 17 – 21, in manning the “Zetland” lifeboat and two cobbles, Dick Sheldon as coxswain. When the “Zetland” was within easy reach of the ship the Captain leaped into the lifeboat, but the crew refused to follow his example. Sufficient money was raised by subscriptions to present Dick Sheldon with a gold watch for his tact in saving nine lives.


dean January 9, 2010 Ships