The Women by John Charlton
The portrait painting The Women by John Charlton shows the Cullercoats lifeboat being hauled from the sea after a dramatic rescue on New Years Day 1861. The ship the Lovely Nellie, had been wrecked in a snowstorm near Whitley Bay. The lifeboat had to be towed three miles along the coast to reach the scene, as the storm prevented it being launched at Cullercoats. One version of the event says that the boat had been hauled by women, but a newspaper report at the time records that it was pulled by horses. Painted by John Charlton (1849 -1917).