Bembridge in old picture postcards

Bembridge in old picture postcards

Auteur
:   Martin Woodward
Gemeente
:   Bembridge
Provincie
:   Isle of Wight
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-5147-4
Pagina's
:   80
Prijs
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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59. The harbour, looking north-west. This view from near the present site of Brading Haven Yacht Club shows an unfortunate sailing vessel submerged on the harbour bottom. In the background can be seen the Duver boatyards.

60. St. Helen's Mill, circa 1890. A delightful view of the mil! in its working days, and as can be seen, in addition to flour, supplies of coal, corn, hay and straw were also available. The mil! closed in 1931 and remained unused for many years until eventually being demolished in the 1960s, being replaced by a charming character residence built of the same stone.

61. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat at Lane End. This photograph shows the lifeboat in the 1890s, with coxswain Edmund Attrill proudly holding one of the lifelines. Edmund, nicknamed 'Joey', was coxswain from 1878 to 1905, during which time the lifeboat carried out many arduous rescues. A typical example of the dedication of men like Edmund Attrill occurred when the loss of the sailing ship 'Sirenia' took place at Atherfield, at the back of the Island. Tragically, during the course of the rescue, both the coxswain and second coxswain of the Brighstone lifeboat were drowned. Edmund Attrill, upon hearing about the wreek, walked the whole distance to Atherfield in heavy boots, and without hesitation, volunteered his services to make up the crew to continue with the rescue.

62. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat, Another fine photograph of the lifeboat, which was named after Queen Victoria to mark her Golden Jubilee in 1887, being the year that this particular lifeboat was placed on station at Bembridge. It succeeded the previous lifeboat 'City of Worcester' which had been the first lifeboat at Bembridge from 1867 to 1887, and provided by the citizens of Worcester following a dramatic rescue of a shipwrecked crew by local fishermen in their own boat. In the background of this photograph, 'St. Veronicas' can be seen, aften referred to as 'Loves cottage' due to the Love family living there for many years. Also the thatched 'Old Cottage', which no langer exists, can be seen, partially hidden by the bow of the lifeboat.

63. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat. A rather different scenario to launching the lifeboat of today, this photograph iIlustrates the amount of manpower required to launch the lifeboat in those days. Launching and recovery of the boat was virtually all performed by hand, with the occasional help of horses, and was arduous work. On the farIeft ofthe photograph, Edmund Attrill, the coxswain, supervises the launch.

64. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat. Recovering the lifeboat after an exercise, once again it can be seen what a considerable amount of effort was needed to pull the boat up the beach. Several familiar faces can be seen in this photograph, and the background looks rather strange without the familiar sight of the lifeboat pier which we all know today.

65. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat. Launehing for an exercise, the bowler hatted gentleman in the bow is most likely the RNLI District Inspeetor putting the lifeboat through one of the regular three monthly exercise routines. Edmund Attrill, the coxswain, ean be seen standing in the water on the starboard side of the boat holding the lifeline and carriage wheel.

66. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat. This classic photograph, taken in 1900, can be accurately dated, as the service board of the lifeboat is visible in the background, the last service thereon being HMS "Tyne' in December 1899. The gentleman with the large moustache holding the bow lifeline of the lifeboat was WilHam Couldrey, who had just become Honorary Secretary of the Bembridge Lifeboat Station, succeeding Reverend Palmer. The two hardy looking characters under the service board were probably members of the crew.

67. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat, (since renamed "The Ark'). This photograph, dated 1905, shows the old lifeboat after it had been replaced by the new second 'Queen Victoria' in 1902. The first 'Queen Victoria' was sold for f5 to Alf Love, one of the crew, who took it round to the harbour for conversion to a houseboat, where it has remained ever since, to date a total of 88 years. The boat, later renamed "I'he Ark', lays claim to being the first houseboat in Bembridge Harbour. lts future has now changed, however, as it has been acquired by Bembridge Maritime Museum for restoration back to its former glory as a lifeboat, and a fund has been set up to undertake this task. It is hoped that it may be possible for the present lifeboat crew to row her at sea at sometime in the ne ar future, before the lifeboat becomes a permanent exhibit at the museum. By the time this book goes to print, the lifeboat will have been moved from the harbour to a village yard for restoration.

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68. 'Queen Victoria' lifeboat. This photograph shows the second 'Queen Victoria' being recovered after a launch around 1904. She was considered a faster, more streamlined boat than her predecessor, also better under sail and slightly longer. Edmund 'Joey' Attrill, the coxswain, can be seen, with the grey beard, under the name on the bow.

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