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Thread #169274   Message #4137492
Posted By: Felipa
22-Feb-22 - 04:01 PM
Thread Name: Any February Songs?
Subject: The Fethard Lifeboat Disaster, Ireland 20 Feb 1914 "[On 20] February 1914 'The Mexico', a Norwegian barque, ran aground in stormy seas. The Fethard lifeboat was launched, but both vessels were smashed to pieces by mighty waves. Nine of the 14 crew were swept to their deaths; the remaining five joined the eight surviving sailors on the exposed reef , where they remained miserably clinging to rocks while the storm continued unabated.

Several attempts to rescue them were foiled before two brave men, Bill Duggan and Jim Wickham of the Rosslare Fort lifeboat, took a dinghy and ferried the survivors two at a time from their ice cold rocks. The operation needed 6 trips in stormy seas to bring all to safety, but on the second of these, the dinghy was holed. For the remaining trips the sea was kept out by a loaf of bread wrapped in oilskins, plugged into the opening.

The incident is known as THE FETHARD LIFEBOAT DISASTER
There were poems and song composed in the aftermath of the disaster, including

The Fethard Lifeboat Crew sung by Seamus Brogan
The Fethard Lifeboat Disaster from Ireland Calling