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Thread #67291   Message #1124226
Posted By: Dave Bryant
26-Feb-04 - 07:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Robert Whitworth (RNLI Lifeboat)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Robert Whitworth (RNLI Lifeboat)
I've e-mailed Tom & Barbara - perhaps we'll hear from them.

Their song is called "Louisa's Journey" and tells a similiar story of how because it was impossible to launch "Louisa" the Lynmouth (Devon) Lifeboat at it's home port because of a force 8 gale, it was towed 14 miles cross-country to launch from the more sheltered harbour of Porlock. They then rescued the 15 man crew of the square-rigged ship "Forest Hall" which was being blown up the Bristol Channel with a damaged rudder. It seems that because of the weather, they had to spend the night in a Welsh port, before rowing back in the morning.

There has also been a re-creation of this journey recently and you can find out more about it here.

I expect that there were similiar incidents at other places, as many of the oar-powered lifeboats were cariage launched and there are many stories of larger objects being towed across country by teams of horses and oxen. The "Jill" windmill on Clayton Hill north of Brighton was brought there in a similiar manner from Polegate over 20 miles away - but obviously without such haste.