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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Brook : St Mary the Virgin Church : RNLI plaque 4 -

Location

In St Mary the Virgin Church, Brook
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk

 
Description and history

Wooden board inscribed with details of shipwrecks and lives saved

See also

RNLI Plaque 1
RNLI Plaque 2
RNLI Plaque 3
RNLI Plaque 5
Memorial

Brook St Mary RNLI plaque 4
Plaque

RNLI Silver medal
 
RNLI Silver medal
Inscription


LIST OF LIVES SAVED BY THE
BROOKE LIFEBOAT
OF THE
ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION


Vessels and lives saved

THE "GEORGE & ANNIE" LIFEBOAT 
  Lives saved
1871 NOV 15BARQUE "CASSANDRA" OF LIVERPOOL21
1872 JAN 11NORWEGIAN VESSEL, ASSISTED VESSEL.
1874 OCT 18BRIG "HERMOSO HABENERO"8
1875 JAN 5BARQUE "BLANCE MARGUERITE"10
1876 JAN 19BARQUE "MIGNONETTE" OF LONDON14
1888 DEC 14STEAMER "CASTLE CRAIG" OF LIVERPOOL31
THE "WILLIAM-SLANEY-LEWIS" LIFEBOAT 
1892 FEB 1S.S. "EIDER" OF BREMEN. SAVED MAILS &90
" " 2NDDITTO DITTO DITTO48
" " 3RDDITTO DITTO DITTO & SILVER
1894 JAN 7S.S. "OSSIAN" OF LEITH16
1895 MAR 24SCHOONER "NOORDSTER" OF ALLBASSERDAM7
1904 NOV 18STEAM DREDGER "TRITON" OF ROTTERDAM1O
THE "SUSAN ASHLEY" LIFEBOAT 
1912 NOV 4&5S.S. "POPLAR" OF LONDON. RENDERED ASSISTANCE
1916 FEB 4 [1]BARQUE "SOUVENIR" OF TREVISAND8
1917 FEB 5KETCH "MIENTJE" OF LONDON5
1926 FEB 15S.S. "URKIOLA-MENDI" OF BILBOA. ASSISTED.
1930 MAR 4MOTOR BARGE "CAPABLE" OF LONDON.
1932 MAY 15S.S. "ROUMELIAN" OF LONDON.
Two small plaques at the base of the main plaque represent RNLI Silver medals : 
SS Eider : Coxswain J Hayter 
General Service : Coxswain J Hayter 

 
[1] The R.N.L.I. Medal in silver, was awarded 14 April 1916 to Benjamin Jacobs, Coxswain of the Brooke Lifeboat.

The citation reads : ‘4 February 1916: In a south-westerly gale raging on the night of the 3rd, the Norwegian barque Souvenir of Trevisand was wrecked to the south-east of Brooke, Isle of Wight. She had already become derelict and unmanageable in the violent gale off St. Catherine’s and drifted through the darkness, stranding hard and fast on the Great Stag Ledge in an area of comparitively shallow water studded with rocks.

The self-righting lifeboat Susan Ashley launched just before 8.30 a.m. but was unable to get alongside the wreck. The barque’s crew therefore donned lifebelts and jumped into the sea. Although they were carried in different directions, the lifeboat succeeded in picking up the nine crew, although the steward died shortly afterwards from exhaustion. The Master refused to leave his ship and stayed in his cabin. The vessel broke up before the lifeboat could return to try to save him, and his body was recovered next day.’

The recommendation for the award was made in February 1916 but only confirmed in April following an investigation into the events of the service.

The medal was sold at auction in June 2005 for £1800.


 
 

 
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