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"The journal of William Darling" published 1886

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Old 10th April 2012, 19:08
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"The journal of William Darling" published 1886

Does anybody have a copy of the above, written by the father of Grace Darling, and would be willing to look something up in it for me? Thanks.
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Old 11th April 2012, 17:39
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There's a copy in the special collections section at Newcastle University. What do you want me to look up?
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Old 11th April 2012, 19:56
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Thank you, Green Lantern. I am trying to verify the builder of the coble used in the rescue of the Forfarshire in 1938. I beleive the coble was built in around 1928ish at either Tweedmouth or Spittal (Berwick on Tweed area). Is it possible that you could look and quote me what is recorded in the Journal on this? Thank you for your help on this, it is really appreciated.
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Old 12th April 2012, 18:16
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You're most welcome. If the information isn't in there I've got quite a few books of my own about Grace's life. Can't remember reading about who built the coble but google says it was built in the 1830s.

Google also says there was a squash court on Titanic!
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Old 12th April 2012, 21:00
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Thanx for your help. The 1828 date was given by the RNLI museum at Bamburgh. I also viewed a letter there dated 1827, saying that their previous coble was in bad repair and that somebody was visiting soon to see if it was repairable......... presumably it wasn't!
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Old 13th April 2012, 17:10
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From 'Grace Darling: Victorian Heroine' - Hugh Cunningham 2007
: "The coble was the crucial element in the campaign for a museum memorial to Grace Darling: no coble, no museum. The boat in which Grace and her father rowed out to the rescue had been made in Berwick in about 1828 and was named 'The Darlings'."

So whoever built it knew who they were building it for. I'll make an appointment to view The Journal soon. I'll also prepare for the bike ride from Gateshead to Bamburgh to continue this fascinating research. There was more than one!
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Old 13th April 2012, 19:46
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Thanx. When ya gonna be at Bamburgh?
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Old 14th April 2012, 09:54
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My Mother..Kathleen Horsley is a distant relative of Grace Horsley Darling.....the Horsleys were further down the coast in the Hartlepool area......

just thought I'd mention it!

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Old 14th April 2012, 17:15
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Hopefully September 7 2013 for the 175th anniversary of the deed then November 24th 2015 for the bi-centenary of her birth. Then again I'm a bit anxious about unwanted publicity!
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Old 23rd April 2012, 20:54
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Have you had a chance to view the Journal yet, Greenlantern?
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Old 26th April 2012, 19:23
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I've just found it here in the local history section of Newcastle City Library. He only seems to refer to the coble as 'our boat'. Will view again tomorrow. They appear to have every book ever written about her. I appear to have struck gold!
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Old 26th April 2012, 21:49
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sounds interesting!
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Old 27th April 2012, 16:35
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The only entry for 1827 is:

Apl. 18. -- Received improved copies for the monthly accounts.

1828.

May 31. -- The pole for marking the rise and fall of the tides for Captain Edward Johnstone was put down west side of the tower, which we gave account of every hour of daylight. I likewise marked the time the different sunk rocks were covered, with rate at which the tides ran through the different guts.

This Winter got 75 M., 18 B., 14 T. -- Total 107.

The letter from the Duchess of Northumberland written on October 22 1842 to Grace's Mother reduced me to tears last night.
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Old 27th April 2012, 23:54
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Ok, Thanks, is there nothing later in 1828 about their new coble?
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Was the letter from the Duchess of Northumberland there?
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Old 28th April 2012, 16:44
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That's the only entry for 1828. Yes, the letter is in there.
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Old 28th April 2012, 21:08
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Hmmm......... looks like it wasn't recorded bout t new coble. Shame. But thanx for looking, appreciated!
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Old 29th April 2012, 06:49
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Thank you Greenlantern, I don't know why, but I would love to hear what the content of the letter was. Please don't go back especially for that but if you were going for another reason ... !
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Old 30th April 2012, 17:50
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I think the letter is too personal to post on a public forum. October 20 2012 is the 170th anniversary of her passing. She was only 26. It really is one of the saddest things I've ever read.
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Old 1st May 2012, 23:40
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Fair enough Greenlantern. I hadn't realised that she had died so young and of the awful TB.
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Old 10th June 2012, 15:19
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Found some more information about the coble. Henry Hewitson, the uncle of the Curator of Entomology at Newcastle Museum had known the Darlings since the 1820s. He helped to get a new boat for the lighthouse. Spotted in 'Grace Darling, Victorian Heroine' - Hugh Cunningham 2007. I wonder if there are any plans to mark the 175th anniversary of the rescue as part of the Festival of the North East 2013?
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Old 5th February 2013, 20:09
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Am giving this another try, as am still trying to find out the builder of the coble used in the famous rescue. Anybody help? Thanks.
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I have an old stereoscopic photograph of William Darling - perhaps I should send it to the Grace Darling museum.
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Old 28th February 2013, 11:04
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That would be a lovely thing to do Gareth. Can you take a picture of it and post it on SN?
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