Apprentice saves drowning man: A curious trend in the newspaper archive

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by BNA

Sometimes a search through the archive turns up some  baffling search results. In this case, it was the incredible regularity of instances where apprentices have been heralded for their bravery in rescuing drowning people.

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This frequency begs the question: what makes an apprentice such a good person to have around treacherous waters? Let us know your theory in the comments below…

Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 27 October 1926

Hull Daily Mail – Wednesday 27 October 1926 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Monday 07 November 1910

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – Monday 07 November 1910

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 13 June 1945

Dundee Courier – Wednesday 13 June 1945 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 05 June 1928

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Tuesday 05 June 1928 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 14 September 1894

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 14 September 1894 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 09 February 1916

Dundee Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 09 February 1916 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 11 May 1927

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Wednesday 11 May 1927 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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