Rescues & Disasters at Sea
By this time the lifeboat was so badly damaged it had to be abandoned. The following day forty people where still trapped on the ship and rescuers and locals watched in dismay as the ship took further beating from the wind and the waves. Eventually a motorized lifeboat was sent down from Teesside to assist and the final survivors where rescued after their 50 hour ordeal. In all 86 out of 229 passengers lost their lives in the tragedy. Many of the bodies recovered where buried at Whitby Cemetery and the funerals where attended by many local inhabitants, dignitaries and those involved personally in the search and rescue. At the inquest it was decided that adverse conditions where to blame for the disaster and it was recommended that Whitby should be provided with its own motorised lifeboat. The disaster is still listed today as one of the worst ever attended by the R.N.L.I.
Whitby Gallery Photo
Whitby in 1959
To Make You Smile
What do sad fir trees do?... They pine a lot.