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Hero's welcome at West Wales Maritime Heritage Museum, Pembroke Dock, for Fishguard's Charterhouse lifeboat

Charterhouse Lifeboat welcomed to Pembroke Dock

On Friday, February 14th we gave an official welcome to Fishguard’s historic Charterhouse Lifeboat at its new home in Hancock’s Yard.  The ceremony was conducted by the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Sara Edwards and was attended by local dignitaries including the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Simon Hancock, and the mayors of Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Neyland, Milford, Fishguard and Goodwick

Its arrival here coincided with the 99th anniversary of her most famous rescue of the crew of the doomed Dutch ship Hermina, which foundered on Needle Rock on December 2, 1920.  The intrepid lifeboat crew, led by coxswain John Howells, carried out a heroic operation, saving nearly all the crew with just one fatality. Their feat was honoured with the boat and crew being taken to London and receiving medals from the then Prince of Wales.

The Charterhouse Returns Trust has struggled to find a suitable exhibition space in her home port of Goodwick. Said Trust chairman Gwilym Price.

“We didn’t have a location for her in the Fishguard and Goodwick area and we are delighted that she has been accepted in the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society museum where she will be well cared for.  They have an expert team of boat builders here and Trust volunteers will work with them to continue the restoration”.

 

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