Grace Darling - The Heroine of the Farne Islands (1884) by Eva Hope
Hardback, some foxing as seen in the pictures, spine slightly loose but all pages intact and present. Gold infill to front cover and spine. Illustrations on some pages. In good condition.
Size – Length 18.5cm, Width 13.5cm, Depth 2.5cm
Grace Darling, her life and its lessons. A truly fascinating story about a British Icon, a young woman coming to the rescue of many in peril riding stormy seas on a paddle steamer breaking up on the rocks just off the Farne Islands on the North East Coast of England.
Eva Hope discusses the impact of women around the time of Grace and how they made an impact on society, albeit quietly.
A lovely addition to anyone’s library.
Grace Horsley Darling (24 November 1815 – 20 October 1842) was an English lighthouse keeper's daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838. The paddle steamer ran aground on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland in north east England; nine members of her crew were saved.
Her father ran the lighthouse (built in 1795) for Trinity House and earned a salary of £70 per annum with a bonus of £10 for satisfactory service.
As a sad note;
In 1842, Grace fell ill while visiting the mainland and was in convalescence with her cousins, the MacFarlanes, in their house in Narrowgate, Alnwick. The Duchess of Northumberland heard of her situation, arranged for her to be moved to better accommodation close to Alnwick Castle, and tended to the ailing heroine in person as well as providing Grace with the services of the ducal family physician.
Grace's condition declined, however, and in the final stages of her illness she was conveyed to the place of her birth, in Bamburgh. Grace Darling died of tuberculosis in October 1842, aged 26.