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Ida Lewis “The Bravest Woman in America”
On February 25th, Google honored the person who was once referred to as “The Bravest Woman in America”. The doodle shows Rhode Island lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis and her remarkable rescue of two soldiers whose boat had capsized near Lewis’s lighthouse in Newport harbor. For her efforts, Lewis was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal by President Ulysses S. Grant and was also recognized as “The Bravest Woman in America” by the Society of the American Cross of Honor.
Here are six facts to know about Ida Lewis:
- Lewis began saving lives at the age of 12 and didn’t stop until she was 63
- During Lewis’s Famous Rescue of 2 Soldiers, a 14-Year-Old Boy Died
- Lewis Could ‘Row a Boat Faster Than Any Man in Newport’
- Lewis Married Briefly in 1870
- In 2014, PBS Produced a Documentary About Lewis Titled “America’s Forgotten Heroine”
- Lewis would be 175 years old today.
Throughout her 69 years of life, Ida is credited with saving somewhere between 13 and 25 people. Those rescued by Lewis included servicemen who were stationed at the nearby Fort Adams, located directly across the harbor from Nicholson Yachts headquarters! Not only is Nicholson Yachts proud to be positioned in one of the most renowned sailing hubs of the world, we also appreciate Rhode Island’s unique history and realize it is an integral aspect of our company’s passion for yachting and ocean-related activities.
Sail on the historic waters of Newport and Narragansett Bay this summer with a Nicholson Yacht! With a variety of classic yachts and powerboats, Nicholson Yachts can accommodate any type of water adventure. Let us turn your yachting dreams into a reality!