Lost North Shields lifesavers remembered on RNLI Memorial
Two former North Shields lifeboat crew members from the Tyne Lifeboat Institution – a historic lifesaving organisation that predated the RNLI – are among 28 people whose names have been added to the RNLI Memorial in Poole, which commemorates those who lost their lives at sea while saving others from the early 1800s to the present day.
The RNLI is also asking local people if they have anything to add to what’s known about the incident in 1872 which claimed the lives of James Watson and John Wheatley.
On 18 December 1872, the Tyne Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat Northumberland was struck by a large wave whilst attempting to reach the brig Gleaner which was in distress on the bar in severe weather. James Watson and John Wheatley were two of the seven lifeboat crew who ended up in the water but were unfortunately washed away and drowned.
David Stenhouse, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Tynemouth lifeboat station, said: ‘The RNLI Memorial in Poole is a tribute to the hundreds of lifeboat volunteers who lost their lives at sea while rescuing others, and includes volunteers who belonged to lifesaving organisations other than the RNLI. We are very pleased that the story of James Watson and John Wheatley has come to light – it means that they will always be remembered.
We have been able to establish some details about the incident but we are keen to find out more. Local people – or even descendants – can share what they know by emailing [email protected]’
The additional names were added to the RNLI Memorial at a special dedication ceremony earlier today.
The RNLI Memorial – which is located outside the RNLI College on the charity’s HQ site in Poole – was formally unveiled in September 2009. It is a poignant reminder of the extraordinary self-sacrifice of people who have lost their lives at sea while rescuing others. Alongside the names of RNLI crew members are volunteers from lifeboats pre-dating the creation of the charity in 1824. The RNLI Memorial also features the names of people from other organisations involved with the charity, who have lost their lives at sea while saving others. The additional 28 names will bring the total number of people remembered to 806.
Designed by sculptor Sam Holland, the Memorial is more than 4.5m high and depicts a person in a boat saving another from the water. It is inscribed with the motto of the RNLI’s founder, Sir William Hilary: ‘with courage, nothing is impossible’.https://www.tynemouth-lifeboat.org/2012/09/28/744/lost-north-shields-lifesavers-remembered-on-rnli-memorial/Lost North Shields lifesavers remembered on RNLI MemorialNewsheritage,history,RNLI,TynemouthTwo former North Shields lifeboat crew members from the Tyne Lifeboat Institution – a historic lifesaving organisation that predated the RNLI - are among 28 people whose names have been added to the RNLI Memorial in Poole, which commemorates those who lost their lives at sea while saving others...Tynemouth RNLI [email protected]AdministratorTynemouth RNLI lifeboat station