Angle Lifeboat Station

Angle Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat station
The Lady Rank (47-011) in Chapel Bay nr. Angle
Country Wales, United Kingdom
Unitary authority Pembrokeshire
Town Angle
Location Point Angle, Pembrokeshire, UK
 - coordinates 51°41′08″N 5°04′51″W / 51.68556°N 5.08083°W / 51.68556; -5.08083
Founded 1868
Owner Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Visitation 9am - 1pm every weekday
Angle, Pembrokeshire

Angle Lifeboat Station (near Angle, Pembrokeshire, Wales) first opened in 1868[1] after a letter from the local Coastguard requested a lifeboat station within the Milford Haven.

The station was originally called Milford Lifeboat Station until 1892 when it was officially changed after an RNLI Committee of Management meeting.[2]

The station currently operates a Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason and a D class lifeboat Richard John Talbot Miller.

Contents

History of the station

The Lifeboats

All Weather Lifeboat

  • 1868 - 1888 - Katherine
  • 1888 - 1906 - Henry Martin Harvey
  • 1906 - 1910 - Charlotte (Temporary Boat)
  • 1908 - 1915 - James Steven No.3
  • 1915 - 1919 - James Stevens no.11
  • 1919 - 1927 - Watson Class - Henry Dundas
  • 1927 - 1929 - Watson Class - Thomas Fielden
  • 1929 - 1957 - Watson Class - Elizabeth Elson
  • 1961 - 1961 - Watson Class - John R Webb (Relief Boat)
  • 1958 - 1987 - Watson Class - Richard Vernon & Mary Garforth of Leeds
  • 1982 - 2008 - Tyne Class - 47-011 - Lady Rank
  • 2008 - 2009 - Tyne Class - 47-10 - Sir Galahad (Relief Boat)
  • 2009–present - Tamar Class - 16-11 - Mark Mason

D Class

  • 1996 - 2004 - D class - D-493 - Isabella Mary
  • 2004–present - D class - D-638 - Richard John Talbot Hillier

Station Honors

The first rescue where the crew received silver medals was in the rescue of 27[1] (some say 33[3]) people who were on board the 1878-built Loch Shiel which had run into rocks off Thorn Island. Two lifeboat crew members and the honorary secretary received silver medals. One of these crew members was Thomas Rees. He is buried in the church yard at St Mary's. It was said that the lifeboat was unable to reach them but these brave people managed to get to them by climbing around Thorn island and getting a rope to the ship. They literally held on by their finger tips to achieve this.

The Loch Shiel

The rescue is particularly noteworthy as it is described as Wales' "Whisky Galore". The Loch Shiel was carrying goods from Scotland to Adelaide and included gunpowder, beer[4] and 7,500[5] (some say 7,000[3]) cases of Glasgow whisky. Much of this was never recovered. Some of the bottles are still amongst the wreck which are described as "undrinkable", but much of the cargo was only partially recovered by the customs men.[3] It was said that one local drank himself to death on the 100 proof whiskey.[4] In 1999, bottles of beer from the wreck were auctioned for £1000 per bottle.[5]

The next award was a bronze medal awarded to Coxswain James Watkins for rescuing 28 people on the 26 November 1929 from the single-screw steamship Molesley which had been caught by a sudden wind change and a poor decision by its captain.[6] James Watkins went on to be awarded both a silver medal for rescuing 6 people in 1944 from the motor boat Thor and a year later another bronze medal for a difficult rescue of nine people from the steamer Walter L M Russ.[1] (This steamer had been seized from the Germans and sank on the 15 July before it could be renamed the Empire Concourse.[7])

More recently, Coxswain William John Rees Holmes has been awarded two bronze medals. The first was in 1977 when the tanker Donna Marike was thought to be about to explode and the lifeboat stood by her in December 1976. The second bronze medal was for rescuing three people from the fishing boat Cairnsmore on 1 December 1978.[1]

In 1997 a third coxswain, Jeremy R. Rees, and his crew were awarded another bronze medal for rescuing four people after their motor boat, Dale Princess, was blown onto cliffs on Skomer Island. The rescue was made in gale force winds and stormy seas.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Angle History
  2. ^ Angle Station History
  3. ^ a b c letters, wrecksite.eu, accessed 30 August 2008
  4. ^ a b Loch Liel, Pembrokeshire wrecks
  5. ^ a b Diver sinks £1,000 pint, BBC, accessed 30 August 2008
  6. ^ Wreck report for Molesley, 19 August 1930, GB Board of Trade
  7. ^ EMPIRE - C, mariners-l.co.uk

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