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Thread #67291 Message #1125112
Posted By: Dave Bryant
27-Feb-04 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Robert Whitworth (RNLI Lifeboat)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Robert Whitworth (RNLI Lifeboat)
"The Louisa" was evidently about 3.5 tonnes off it's carriage so sounds about the same size, and according to the description of her journey, it seems to have been very similiar with her being taken off the carriage and slid for some bits of the trip. Porlock Hill itself is quite well-known for it's 1 in 4 gradient, so that must have been fun.
I wonder if the RNLI actually had specific classes and designs of lifeboat as far back as these incidents - the lifeboat used for the re-inactment was evidently from Bembridge I-O-W. The date of the actual Lynmouth incident was 1899 - 18 years later than the Whitby one.
I erroneously said that they rescued the crew of the "Forest Hall" in fact their efforts in standing by her and taking towlines to two tugs, saved both crew and vessel.