Friday, 27 June 2014

Britain's worst lifeboat disaster -in Southport

Britain's worst ever lifeboat disaster happened in sight of the Birkdale sand dunes,  twenty-seven lifeboat men from Southport and St Anne's lost their lives in the disaster and their bodies were laid out in what is now the Fisherman's Rest pub, then it was the coach house for the Palace Hotel.

Recently we reported on a performance of 'Cork Jackets and Drills' which tells the story of the 1886 disaster when when a barque named Mexico went aground.

I bring it up again now because I popped into The Atkinson which has some excellent material relating to the disaster as well as producing a card of this picture of the Mexico by Emil Krause Their collection also includes a picture by him of the Southport Lifeboat the Eliza Fernley (after which probably Fernley Rd in Birkdale was named)

It was good to see how in recent days The Atkinson has begun to stock more Southport related things and I understand more is on the way. It is now certainly well worth a visit

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