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Whitby Lifeboat Yacht Rescue August 2014

Whitby Lifeboat Yacht Rescue August 2014

 

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The History Of Whitby Lifeboat

 

Whitby Lifeboat Coxswains

Whitby Lifeboat Coxswains (Rowing)

  • John Storr – 1861
  • J Pickering – 1861 – 1876
  • Samual Lacey – 1861 – 1874
  • Henry Freeman – 1874 – 1899
  • Thomas Smith Langlands – 1899 – 1919
  • Richard Eglon – 1919 -1920
  • Thomas Kelly –  1920 – 1923
  • Joseph Tomlinson 1923 – 1931
  • Thomas Welham 1931 – 1936
  • James Murfield – 1936 – 1939
  • Wilfred Elder – 1939 – 1940
  • Henry Richardson – 1940 – 1946
  • Wilfred Elder – 1946 -1952
  • Edward Verill – 1952 – 1958

Whitby Lifeboat Coxswains (Motor)

  • Thomas Langlands – 1919 – 1920
  • Richard Eglon 1920 – 1923
  • Thomas Mcgarry Kelly – 1923 – 1931
  • Robert Harland – 1931 – 1935
  • David Harland – 1935 – 1938
  • James Murfield 1939 – 1940
  • Wilfred Elder – 1940 – 1941
  • Harry Murfield – 1941 – 1947
  • Robert Richardson – 1947 – 1953
  • Eric Taylor – 1953 – 1962
  • William Harland – 1962 – 1974
  • Robert Allan – 1974 – 1977
  • Peter Thomson – 1973 – 1993
  • Keith Stuart 1993 – 2002
  • Mike Russel – 2002

Whitby Lifeboats

 

The 1861 Lifeboat Disaster

 
During a great storm on 9 February 1861, when more than 200 ships were wrecked on the east coast, Whitby’s lifeboat capsized with the loss of all but one of the crew.

The men had been attempting to rescue sailors from a stricken collier called Merchant and had put the lifeboat to sea for the sixth time that day.

The only lifeboatman to survive the capsize was Henry Freeman, who was on his first lifeboat launch and is thought to have survived as he was the only man wearing a new design of cork lifejacket.

Freeman was awarded an RNLI Silver Medal for his part in the incident and went on to become Whitby’s most renowned lifeboatman, helping to save more than 300 lives during more than 20 years as Whitby RNLI Coxswain.


 

2011 – The 150th Anniversary Of the 1861 Disaster

Author: David Smith, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Over 100 people attended a short service of commemoration and remembrance at Whitby RNLI lifeboat station on the 150th anniversary of a lifeboat disaster at Whitby in which 12 crew men died.

The RNLI all weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb then took relatives of the 12 crewman who had died, along with an anchor cross of flowers, to the West Pier of Whitby Harbour where the lifeboat capsize had happened. After a short service the wreath was set to sea and also a white rose was thrown into the sea for each lifeboat man who had drowned as their names were read out.

George and Mary Webb was also accompanied to sea by the restored Whitby rowing lifeboat William Riley whose crew also set their own tribute of flowers to sea. All returned to the lifeboat station for a chance to look around and have tea and cakes served by members of The Friends of Whitby lifeboat station.

During a great storm on 9 February 1861, when more than 200 ships were wrecked on the east coast, Whitby’s lifeboat capsized with the loss of all but one of the crew.

The men had been attempting to rescue sailors from a stricken collier called Merchant and had put the lifeboat to sea for the sixth time that day.

The only lifeboatman to survive the capsize was Henry Freeman, who was on his first lifeboat launch and is thought to have survived as he was the only man wearing a new design of cork lifejacket. Freeman was awarded an RNLI Silver Medal for his part in the incident and went on to become Whitby’s most renowned lifeboatman, helping to save more than 300 lives during more than 20 years as Whitby RNLI Coxswain.

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Interesting Rescues

 
Interesting Rescues

The Upgang Lifeboat

 

A Whitby Lifeboat Memory

 

A Memory from Samamtha Robson of Robert Harland Leadley Pennock AKA Bob Pennock, Coxswain of mary ann hepworth, 3rd from right!!

WHITBY Lifeboat Coxswain Bob Pennock

Bob Pennock was my grandad, he enjoyed time in the navy and working on the lifeboat and was a well known Whitby fisherman! I only knew my grandad for 20 years until he passed away 2 years ago…..he had 3 children and had 8 grandkids, 8 great-grandchildren and devoted his life to us all.

 

Whitby Lifeboat News, Recent Launces And Current Information

August 23rd 2014

ALB and ILB called off late last night after a lady was reported missing somewhere between east pier and Black Nab. Low tide made effective searching from our boats difficult so Seaking 128 was tasked to search close in along the area and after a detailed scan of the coastline the search was called of with nothing found.

August 16th 2014

ILB called to a young boy who got into difficulties in the water off west pier. A member of the public managed to get to the boy and bring him to shore where the ILB and RNLI lifeguards treated him. Air ambulance arrived to evacuate to James Cook Hospital.

Whitby Lifeboat Contact Details

The Fish Pier, Church Street, Whitby
YO22 4AE
Telephone : 01947 602216

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August 15th 2014

Both boats called to a yacht which had gone aground off west pier inside battery parade. Heavy surf was gradually nudging and lifting the vessel closer to the pier. Using the Dclass we sent in a veering line. This wasn’t straightforward due to the conditions. We eventually secured the line and gradually re-floated the yacht taking him beyond the surf into deep water. While preparing the tow he fortunately managed to restart his engine and we gave an escort into harbour. Job well done by all! – Pictures Here.

May 14th 2014

At 3.20pm Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Whitby’s inshore lifeboat OEM Stone III to assist two people cut off by the tide.

The inshore lifeboat with its three volunteer crew launched at 3.24pm and made best speed to the casualty’s location. They found the two people at the bottom of the cliffs East of Whitby.

Whitby inshore lifeboat landed on the beach and proceeded to try and evacuate the casualties. Due to hazardous conditions and with waves crashing over the inshore lifeboat, the Helmsman made the decision to send the casualties towards the back of the cliff, At this point Humber coastguard tasked rescue 128.

Caualities And Crewman winched to clifftop by Sea King Helicopter

 

Whitby Lifeboat Gallery

Photographs By Glenn Kilpatrick And Paul Eames. Other Photographs With Thanks To Ian Wilson And The Whitby Memories Facebook group.

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