Samuel May - Boat
Sam was a legendary
local lifeboatman. Born in 1860 into a long-established
Southwold seafaring family, he spent much of his life
as a fisherman. Between the ages of 27 and 57, he crewed
lifeboats, and served aboard the Alfred Corry for the
whole of its service life. He took charge as the boat’s
coxswain from 1898. In the whole of his service he never
failed to get the lifeboat launched and the lifeboat
was never afloat without him.
Sam May marries Harriet Hannah Manning in 1881. The couple have no children. They move next door, to No
8 Park Lane, some time between now and 1906. In his later years Sam runs a bathing machine hire business.
Read more about the May family at No 64 Victoria Street.