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CLOVELLY'S LIFEBOAT DAY PROMPTS MEMORIES GRAVE AND GAY 14TH JULY 1950

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New boat arrived from the builder's hands.  It was a real gathering of the clans and the remarks made by the President of the R.N.L.I. branch, Mr J C Hilton, brought back many happy memories of their boyhood days.

What a gathering this June day was and what a mixture of men, women and children assembled on the old Quay and beach.  There are old members of the lifeboat crew who have served well and faithfully over the years, but now age demands their passing over the job to younger men.

One outstanding rescue occured when the boat was sent out to the Norwegian brig Haabet, about 50 years ago.  Coxswain Tom Pengilly took the boat out in the teeth of a N.W. gale to the vessel which was drifting across towards Baggy Point.  After 6 hours' gruelling work, they got alongside and rescued the crew before she struck and became a total wreck.

Mr Richard Headon was another Coxswain, who was a local preacher, Mr Robert Headon, another Coxswain was a Sunday School Teacher.

 

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