moncheriiee: ~Henry Freeman (29 April 1835 – 13 December 1904) On 9 February 1861, when Whitby’s lifeboat capsized while on duty, just one crew member survived. Freeman was that sole survivor. It was his first mission and he was the only member of the crew wearing the newly developed cork flotation jacket (pictured). Freeman went on to become a lifeboatman for more than 40 years, 22 years as coxswain. During that time he lead hundreds of rescues saving as many lives.