Lifebuoy from RMS Lusitania

MH LI 05/2007

About this object

This cork and canvas lifebuoy (or ring lifebelt) was obtained by the skipper of a fishing boat from Kinsale, who helped in the rescue. He gave it to fish merchant Arthur Miller, who was in port at the time. Mr Miller later displayed it for many years in his office in Passage East, County Waterford.

The lifebuoy is on long term loan to the museum, courtesy of Dr Arthur Neiland, the grandson of Arthur Miller.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Lifebuoy from RMS Lusitania
  • Accession no.
    MH LI 05/2007
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1905 - 1906
  • Materials
    Canvas; Cork possibly; Balsa Wood possibly
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    780 x 780 x 110 mm
  • Related people
    Arthur Miller () ; Arthur Neiland (Previous owner)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections

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