Captain Joshua James, USLSS (1826-1902)
During his career, Joshua James has been credited with saving over 600 people and has been touted as the world's most celebrated lifesaver.
On March 17th, 1902 the Monomoy Lifesaving Station tragically lost seven of its crew during a rescue attempt. Joshua James deeply affected by this tragedy, took his crew into the surf to ensure the capabilities of the boat and proficiency of the crew meet his high standards. After more than an hour of maneuver's Captain James said to have been "very satisfied" with the drill, and ordered the boat ashore. After returning to the beach and disembarking the boat Joshua James glanced at the sea and remarked "The tide is ebbing," and dropped dead on the beach at the age of 75. He left a widow and several children with no money. This situation so intensely appealed to the public that a contribution of $3,733 was collected and given to his wife.
Joshua James is honored every year at his gravesite on May 23rd (Joshua James Day) by the Hull Lifesaving Museum and Station Point Allerton.Joshua James's medals include: