I was on Stevie Clarkes 'Washington' & we had just dropped the pilot off at the Sunk pilot station when we saw 'Union Star' & I remember Capt'n Bill Sutherland commenting on how 'Union Star' was taking a good battering before she was even into open waters, little did we know what fate would decend upon Her, Her crew, the Penlee lifeboat crew & the people of Mousehole that weekend. 25 years on & it still seems like yesterday?
And still this so vital part of everyday life is provided by donations,
I suppose any form of government finance would involve all
manner of controls and would probably end with much of our
coastline being without any form of rescue facility. I often wonder
whether or not any shipping companies make contributions;
and I mean in response to the sometimes poor ships or company
policy that has occurred over the years.
Such Selflessness and Dedication to Life and Duty is Rare and Precious.
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Hi all, I was thirty two years involved with RNLI, twenty eight years as coxswain at Thurso on the north coast of Scotland, my first shout on the boat was the Longhope disaster and to me being a first tripper(not so much training in them days) on the boat was a little horrendous.All i can say is that if the government were involved we would not have the super- duper boats that we have today,nowadays the men can very near go to sea in their slippers and i am sure if the gov. were to do with the insitution,i think the men would be still going to sea with sou-westers on,so a wee bit of thought for the ladies who are shaking a collecting tin on the steet corner.
i could not agree more i well remember the night the barra lifeboat capsized and righted herself the night she went to the assistance of the lone dania luckily no lives were lost brave men every one of them.
I am one of the fortunate many who can honestly say that they would not be on this beautiful planet today had it not been for a lifeboat man fishing me out of the fast ebbing River Wyre on my 8th birthday when I had become trapped under the lifeboat slip at Fleetwood whilst doing what all little boys of that age do best.create mayhem.he kicked me up the bum after dragging me up the slipway and told me to get home to my mum.never did tell her what really happened but on june 3rd every year for the past 48 years,I've said a little prayer and shed a little tear,and said THANK GOD FOR MEN LIKE THAT MAN,AND FOR ALL THE WULLY FARQUARS AROUND THE COAST OF BRITAIN.THANKS TO YOU ALL.
its all been said, what could i add. one of the finest organisations known to man. excellent craft and exeptionaly well trained men, the finest i have met. i have been a life govenor for about 10 years now and am proud to have been part of a fund raising team.
as someone so rightly pointd out, if the government had it, new posts would be created and the valuable donations would be swallowed up by extortionate salerys and pleasure trips.
long may the RNLI remain an independant and sucessful service. "Hero's all"
I can remember my late father coming into my room and waking me in tears,When I asked him whats wrong he said the penlee boats gone.I said what do you mean gone,he said gone and all the crew,I have lost some bloody good friends.(father was cox of appledore boat from 1970-1994).
Merciful Father, all things in heaven and earth are held within your loving care; look with favour upon the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Protect and bless the crews of all its lifeboats andall who risk their own safety to bring help to others. Guide all who work for the Institution that they may be faithful to the vision of its founders,sothat it may always be seen as a beacon of hope and light to those who find themselves in peril on the seas. Through the same Jesus Christ, to whomwith You and the Holy Spirit be honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.
I recorded the Penlee programme last night having been in hospital yesterday for an op. I am writing this feeling very emotional after watching the tragedy unfold and the amazing men who so gallantly lost their lives. Time does not heal those types of wounds so easily and I am sure that all our respects go out to those still serving the RNLI and to those heroes of the past and their families. (Applause) (Applause) (Applause)
On a slightly lighter note I have also been watching the trawlerman series with great interest and admiration. (Thumb)
Although I had no personal involvement, I can recall this great tragedy all too clearly and I am not ashamed to say that having watched the programme yesterday evening, I found myself sat for a long time afterwards with a lump in my throat and moist eyes.
You and me both, Peter, no shame in it ....
I remember when it happened and the feelings that ran
through Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance .... Our family
were in tears, and a pall of blackness covered life here.
I am in total agreement with Wully Farquhar. Government involvement would involve lots of "suits" producing rules and regulations. I am sure Trevelyan Richards and Dan Kirkpatrick would have concurred. May they and their crews rest in peace. Regarding the ladies with their collecting boxes retired Coxwain George Davidson of Kirkcudbright lifeboat penned the following:-
A Cautionary Tale.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday,this is "Annie", "Annie", "Annie",
Mayday, one mile South of Brandy More.
There's a rope in my propeller and the bloomin' anchor's dragging
And the wind and tide are setting me on shore.
I should have veered more cable, but now I'm quite unable
For reasons you could never hope to guess.
I find it hard to say how things came to be this way
But I've never ever been in such a mess.
When the rope went in the screw, there was nothing I could do;
I knocked her out of gear and tried astern;
But even as I tried, the bloomin' engine died
And the shaft is quite impossible to turn.
The gland is leaking badly and I tried the pump but sadly
There wasn't any water coming through.
I took the pipes asunder and found the fault - no wonder
For the valve was jammed wide open by a screw.
I tried to shift the thing with a wire and then with string
It wouldn't budge and desperate at last
I poked it with my finger, and now till death I linger
With my index digit in the pump and FAST!
I've got communication for I'm trapped in a location
By the wheelhouse and the window's open wide
The VHF is handy but the hacksaw and the brandy
Are miles away across the other side.
In utter desperation I've considered amputation
But with 'Martell' anaesthetic out of reach
And the saw I need is too, there's nothing I can do
But pray that I'll be washed up on the beach.
In the bilge the level's rising at a rate that's quite surprising
I can feel her lurch and wallow in the swell
And should poor Annie sink - the thought I dread to think -
When Annie goes Yours truly goes as well.
I've never shot an albatross - don't even have a gun
Yet 'Lady Luck's' abandoned me, but why?
The only slightly wicked thing I know that I have done
Was to make the Lifeboat Lady pass me by.
I saw that Lifeboat Lady with collecting box and flags
Her eyes alight - I knew that I'd been spied;
I hesitated, feigning I was fumbling for my ****
Then altered course across the other side.
Forgive me God, I realise the move I made was mean -
Not like me - I recall it with dismay.
If you could find it possible to scrub my record clean
I'll keep it thus for ever and a day.
I hear the lifeboat coming, I recognise the drumming
Of the diesels when they're running out of synch.
Any moment now I know, they'll board and rig a tow;
How they'll free me from this pump I dread to think.
'Silence Fini', now its past. On the harbour wall at last,
I'm waiting to beach 'Annie' on the tide.
'Mong the faces on the quay, there's one that frightens me
Her eyes alight - I know that I've been spied.
At sea I wasn't queasy, but now I'm damned uneasy;
Not the trauma nor the prospect of a wreck,
Nor the very narrow shave - its the look THAT lady gave
And conscience like a millstone round my neck.
A well made programme which made me somewhat emotional,remembering that foul night when we were battering our way down the English Channel,
catching odd snatches of the tragedy unfolding whilst monitoring VHF 16.When the loss of the lifeboat was confirmed on the news our crew rallied a large collection to go to the dependents in the Penlee community in the compassionate way seafarers respond to such tragic events. As a seafarer,I have only the highest regard for the selfless devotion to their work and bravery of all our lifeboat men. A marvellous organisation the RNLI much admired round the world!