Stories of the Royal Humane Society

Read by Steve C

(3.8 stars; 2 reviews)

Established in 1774, the ‘Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned’ published information on how to save people from drowning, promoted the concept of using methods of artificial resuscitation to attempt to revive victims who had appeared to have lost their life through drowning and rewarded those people who had saved a life.
Under the royal patronage of King George the Third, the Society changed its name in 1787 to ‘The Royal Humane Society’ and this organisation still exists today and is a well known and very active charity, whose aim is to recognise by the awarding of medals and certificates, the bravery of men, women and children who have saved, or who have tried to save someone else's life.
This book, Stories of the Royal Humane Society was one in a series of inspirational texts written by the Victorian author Frank Mundell and published by The Sunday School Union. The stories related here were taken from reports of actual incidents and events recorded by the Society around the turn of the last century.
Each story described here, allows us to appreciate the selfless acts of courage and bravery shown by ‘ordinary’ people and their extraordinary responses in taking action without regard for the risk to their own personal safety and wellbeing when confronted with an adverse situation that suddenly develops around them.
- Summary by Steve C (3 hr 28 min)


Preface and Epigraph 2:36 Read by Steve C
The Royal Humane Society 15:37 Read by Steve C
A Brave Foreman 8:57 Read by Steve C
The Hero of the ''Water Nymph'' 6:44 Read by Steve C
A Famous Swimmer 12:40 Read by Steve C
Other Stanhope Medallists 25:59 Read by Steve C
The Heroine of the Longstone 14:33 Read by Steve C
A Titled Medalist 4:19 Read by Steve C
Presence of Mind 3:39 Read by Steve C
The Hero of the Humber 17:41 Read by Steve C
A Long Swim 11:46 Read by Steve C
Amid Storm and Darkness 11:22 Read by Steve C
An Australian Grace Darling 5:21 Read by Steve C
A Southend Hero 14:07 Read by Steve C
A Life for a Life 7:54 Read by Steve C
On Thin Ice 10:17 Read by Steve C
A Notable Feat 6:37 Read by Steve C
Heroes of Recent Years 16:47 Read by Steve C
A Visit to the Receiving House 12:01 Read by Steve C


Interesting Anecdotes, Awkward Style

(3.5 stars)

Despite the occasional flowery Victorian phrase, the author managed to make the inherent drama of brave rescuers risking their lives to save others, sound about as fascinating as an office supply catalog. It's not the narrator, he did fine. Just an unfortunate written form of the stiff upper lip?