Fosbery & Co Life belt
after 1930 – before 1939
A life belt made by Fosbery & Co., Barking. Believed to come from the Queen Mary Liner in the 1930s. Fosbery & Co., Barking (sometimes called Fosbery & Co., London) were a Barking based manufactures of life saving devices. They not only provided the Queen Mary with life belts, but also with 3,300 Boddy-Finch life-jackets. These were made from cotton cloth and stuffed with Java Kapok (a fibrous vegetable material minutely honeycombed with air cells). These new type life-jackets were more buoyant, lightweight and comfortable than the old style cork life-jackets. Fosbery & Co. also made the life-jackets for the Titanic.
Red and white circular life belt. With rope thread through four loops on the white sections, and bound together at the center. There are shadow marks on the white section where stickers once spelt out Fosbery / Barking. These are now completely removed, but have left a dark outline and clean centre (with some glue residue) to show where they once were.
Another Barking industry was involved in the production of the Queen Mary Liner. Cape Asbestos Co., Ltd., of London, based in Barking, provided heavy asbestos insulation to protect the inner surface of the watertight steel casing of the engine motors from frost
Whole Diameter: 720mm
Mark Imprint Top and Bottom of Front: FOSBERY / BARKING
Entry Number 1624 (2005-11-29)