Do you know the history of the folding life raft and who designed it?

Mar 25, 2024Cristina Ebang Ferrer

At the height of the 1880s, a groundbreaking shift occurred to transform the landscape of maritime security. Maria E. Beasley, a visionary mind born in Philadelphia in 1847, would become the pioneer behind the first patented folding life raft in history.

Before Beasley's vision, life rafts were little more than rudimentary planks or the typical rafts of tied logs often seen in castaway movies. However, all that would change with its revolutionary design.

The Beasley liferaft not only marked a milestone in maritime safety, but also laid the foundation for an entirely new standard in the industry. Its design focused on the premise of creating a raft that was fireproof, waterproof, compact, safe and easy to launch in emergency situations.

Made from a series of rectangular-section metal floats and fitted with safety stanchions, Beasley's raft combined functionality with practicality. In addition, its innovative design allowed it to be easily folded and stowed, making it ideal for storage on boats and vessels of all types.

Following the granting of her first patent in 1880, Maria E. Beasley continued to refine and improve her design, filing a new patent in 1882 that further cemented her legacy as a pioneer in the field of maritime safety.

Today, Maria E. Beasley's legacy lives on through every modern liferaft found on every ship that plies the world's seas and oceans. His vision and tireless pursuit of excellence have left a mark on the history of maritime navigation, reminding us that even the simplest ideas can have a profound and lasting impact on the safety and well-being of humanity.

At SOSBAG, we honor Maria E. Beasley's legacy by rescuing end-of-life life rafts and giving them new life, transforming them into stylish sustainable fashion products. Every product we create tells a story of innovation and commitment to a more sustainable future for our planet.

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Feb 18, 20240 commentsCristina Ebang Ferrer
Apr 08, 20240 commentsCristina Ebang Ferrer

Our products are basically designed with reused safety materials, and other complementary recycled materials, thus contributing to the reduction of plastic waste and
to care for the planet.