"All b-boatmen are Grace Darlings to me"
Image of Grace Darling, c.1839, in restored 19th. century print
Public DomainImage of Grace Darling, c.1839, in restored 19th. century print - Credit: Restoredprints

Grace Darling (1815-1842) was a renowned Victorian heroine.

In 1838, she and her father saved 13 people from the wreck of the S.S. Forfarshire which had gone aground on rocks off the coast of Northumberland.

Here, of course, Anthony Blanche's admiration is directed at the boatmen rather than at Grace Darling!

 

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