It being a wet and windy Sunday my mind turned to the Rev T Stanley Treanor the Missions to Seamen Chaplain for the Downs in late Victorian times. He wrote three books about the Goodwin Sands the first being “Heroes of the Goodwin sands” which is mainly about the work of the Deal, Walmer and Ramsgate Lifeboats, it is already in print published by another publisher. The next being “The Log of a Sky Pilot” and then “The Cry From the Sea and the Answer From the Shore”, both reprinted by me.
Treanor and his fellow crew members launched their open boat by sliding it down Deal beach on greased planks often jumping in at the last moment and getting the sail up before they were tossed back onto the beach by the waves. It is recorded that in one year he spent 250 days at sea, visited 400 homes and 890 ships. His work as a priest involved visiting the ships that were waiting off our coast for the weather to improve enough for them to continue on their voyages.
Here are some sample pages you may not feel so bad about the weather having read them, especially if like me, you are in the warm and dry.
The Cry From The Sea and the Answer From the Shore
The Log of a Sky Pilot
Ramsgate, Margate, and Broadstairs are the three main towns on The Isle of Thanet situated in the far southeast of England, I run the bookshop in Ramsgate see www.michaelsbookshop.com and the www.thanetonline.com website. I publish over 100 books about the history of this area click here to look at them.