Look back at the man.
For over fifty-three years he did battle in conditions such as these with the North Sea. His prize? that what we all hold dear ‘life’. Sometimes the sea won other times he and his crew won. His name? Henry Blogg and he is one of Cromer’s famous sons. Born in 1876, he resided at 17 North Row Cromer, Norfolk. When he was only 18 he joined the lifeboat crew in the year 1894.
Henry was odd for a lifeboat man as he
neither drank, or smoked which was unusual in those
Yet despite this obvious disadvantage, he and his crew were responsible for rescuing over 873 lives. The most decorated British life boatman, being awarded the RNL’s gold medal for gallantry three times, the silver four times, the George Cross and the British Empire Medal.For thirty-seven years of the fifty-three years, he held the position of Coxswain (helmsman) before eventually retiring in 1947 at the ripe old age of seventy-one.
He passed away on 13th June 1954 but is
still very much remembered in Cromer today.
But I like to think that his shade is probably happiest with this bronze image, whose gaze if firmly fixed on his old adversary The North Sea.
Picture above taken on 27th August 1937 , shows Sir Samuel Hoare and Coxswain Blogg at the launch of Cromer's two new motor lifeboats.