On the morning of October 27th 1916, in the middle of the First World War, the small community of Salcombe suffered a terrible loss when the lifeboat William and Emma capsized on Salcombe Bar after returning from an abortive mission. Thirteen of the fifteen-man crew were drowned.
Events on 27th October 2016 to Commemorate the Centenary
On 27th October 2016, the Centenary of the capsize of the William and Emma, Salcombe Lifeboat Station will commemorate the tragic loss of 13 lives and give thanks for the saving of two with the following events :
10:00 am Service of Commemoration in Holy Trinity Church Salcombe led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Nick McKinnel.
All are welcome to attend and we hope to broadcast the service online for those unable to attend.
12:15 pm : Wreath laying at sea from “The Baltic Exchange III”, Salcombe’s All Weather Lifeboat, in the vicinity of the Bar; The “Joan Bate”, Salcombe’s Inshore Lifeboat and the Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat will also be in attendance.
“HMS Sutherland“, a Plymouth based Type 23 frigate, will position herself at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary in the position where the William & Emma capsized in 1916, she will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid, one for each soul lost. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/hmssutherlandThe following decommissioned lifeboats will also take part in the ceremony: • City of Bradford III (served on the Humber 1954-1977 and Lytham St Annes1978-1985). • Samuel & Marie Parkhouse (now named Onoros) (served in Salcombe 1938-1962). • Mary Irene Miller (served in Port Patrick 1989-2011).
After the ceremony all participating lifeboats will process up harbour to Whitestrand with a lone Piper aboard The Baltic Exchange III.
Boat owners are welcome to witness the wreath laying ceremony from the water, however we do request that you remain a respectable distance from the main ceremony and do not impede the passage of the small flotilla of lifeboats as it makes its way to and from the event.
14:45 Talk/Presentation/Film show in Cliff House reserved for the descendants of the 1916 crew and guests of Salcombe Lifeboat Station (by Invitation only). NB: This is the same talk/film as will be presented at other times during the summer – see “Talks and presentations”.
For more information visit the Salcombe Lifeboats website.