the sea that has shaped the life of the inhabitants of the British
Isles for centuries. It has a profound influence on the country’s
history. The sea defended the British from enemies and provided them
with sea routes that helped England to become a mighty empire that
maintained a strong navy to defend its interests. Besides that there
has been the economic significance of the sea for the country. The
state received great sums of money from the usage of trade routes and
the powerful trade fleet that dominated any other until the 20th
century when its significance began to decline.
The sea in Great Britain is believed to be a part of
people’s life. Many people are into shipbuilding. They work in
shipyards and it’s typical of the British coast. Besides that a lot
of people have a family tradition to have the same profession for
generations saying that it’s a belief that the sea is in their
Many British have their own vessels, varying from
big yachts to dinghies. It is extremely popular in Britain to sailing
for it is considered to be really exhilarating and a good relaxation.
It provides one with a good opportunity to escape from everyday
But at the same time the sea can be dangerous. In
Great Britain it is not obligatory to have safety equipment on a
vessel. That’s why accidents are not rare in the sea. In order to
save people special life-boat stations are scattered throughout the
coast. There are about 200 of them and every of them has its own
rescue crew. Every crew consists of 14 members among whom only one is
a real professional, mainly coxswain mechanic and others are
volunteers. Having received an alarm it takes just 6 minutes to
launch a life-boat and leave the mooring. Rescue crews are called out
5000 times a year and save 1500 lives during that period of time.
These people are especially addicted to the sea, because nothing can
be compared with an extremely rewarding feeling of satisfaction after
saving one’s life.
The sea makes people respect it and it can beat anyone
if they try to equal it.
Alexander V. Myskin, gr. 3o1