Unsung heroes! Lifeboat men on land for once!

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Where: 2 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1914

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There are few groups who deservedly excite admiration for their courage, their devotion to duty and their unselfishness! The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is one such and this old image from the Poole collection enforces that admiration. Ordinary men, mostly seamen, who gave up their time and risked their lives that others in peril might be saved. This is surely an occasion when they received some well deserved recognition.

This is listed in the catalogue as "Fethard Lifeboat, group of lifeboat men". Based the community's contributions and the date of this image, it seems that those pictured were involved in the events of the Fethard Lifeboat Disaster. Given the loss of life involved in those events - including 9 lifeboat men - it is possible that perhaps not all those pictured are members of the Fethard Lifeboat crew themselves. As at least 5 Fethard men lost their lives, it is possible that at least some of those pictured represent lifeboat crews from Wexford and/or Kilmore. Handwritten reports from the NLI collection detail the events of that day, bringing the efforts of those pictured to stark life....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: 24 February 1914

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2537

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Jul/2016 07:33:09

    24 February 1914 was a Tuesday ...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Jul/2016 07:34:26

    Related to this one: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6779234932/in/photolist-JN7UzX-bk4mmU] After the Fethard Lifeboat Disaster.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Jul/2016 07:37:36

    Oh dear! Disaster KLAXON ! ... www.independent.ie/regionals/goreyguardian/news/they-said...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Jul/2016 07:49:41

    Fethard Lifeboat Crew - Christopher Bird (Cox), John McNamra (2nd Cox), Thomas Handrick (Bowman), William Bird, James Morrissey, Michael Handrick, Patrick Butler, William Bandville, Patrick Roche, George Crompton. Richard Bird, Garrett Handrick, John Kelly, Patrick Cullen. From - www.mariner.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Fethard-Lifeboa... p.16

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:05:15

    The five surviving lifeboat crew were later given medals by the King of Norway, and the RNLI.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:10:36

    From those accounts, this cannot be the crew of the Fethard lifeboat, as 9 of them were drowned on the 20th, only 4 surviving.

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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:40:24

    They would seem to be on the steps of the imperial hotel: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000592547

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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:42:29

    Here: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,661089,612409,12,9

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:52:29

    The crews involved: Wexford(Fort) Lifeboat Edward Wickham (Cox), James Wickham (2nd Cox), William Duggan (Bowman), Philip Duggan, Christopher and Andrew Doyle ( Father & Son), Mogue Furlong, William Shiel, John and William Walsh (Brothers), John Mitten. Wexford Tug Laurance Busher (Capt), John McDonald (Engineer), John Harpur (Mate), Peter Hamilton, Bartholemew Carty, John Furlong. Kilmore Lifeboat John Kehoe (Cox) Peter Brien, John Walsh, Nicholas Wickham, Mathew Wickham, Richard Wickham, Richard Rochford, Philip Walsh, James O’Flaherty, James Hayes, Nicholas Cousins, William Blake. Fethard Lifeboat Christopher Bird (Cox), John McNamra (2nd Cox), Thomas Handrick (Bowman), William Bird, James Morrissey, Michael Handrick, Patrick Butler, William Bandville, Patrick Roche, George Crompton. Richard Bird, Garrett Handrick, John Kelly, Patrick Cullen

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:55:25

    As there are 11 men here, I'd guess this is the crew of the Wexford lifeboat (also called the Rosslare Fort lifeboat) who actually rescued most of the crew from the Mexico as well as the survivors of the Fethard crew. If so, there are a father and son, and two brothers.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 08:59:29

    The archive has a shot of the tug crew, too.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 09:46:28

    In 1911, Christopher Doyle was 59, Andrew 25, so here they would be 62 and 28.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Jul/2016 10:00:03

    Also spotted in the Census: Edward Wickham would be 43, James Wickham 37, William Duggan 29, Moses Furlong 65, William Shiel 37, William Walsh 43

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Jul/2016 10:25:41

    Is that E. Walsh (from yesterdays photo) in the window? see my note on the face of the photo.

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    Old Family Images

    • 08/Jul/2016 12:31:03

    Heroes true bloody unsung heroes!!!

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    guliolopez

    • 08/Jul/2016 14:00:57

    That article makes for tough reading. Esp:

    'I suppose they are all gone now but the two of us, and we will go or come together.'

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    pbradyinct

    • 08/Jul/2016 18:45:51

    They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the great waters: These have seen the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. He said the word, and there arose a storm of wind: and the waves thereof were lifted up. They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths: their soul pined away with evils. They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man; and all their wisdom was swallowed up. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he brought them out of their distresses. And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were still. And they rejoiced because they were still: and he brought them to the haven which they wished for.

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    patrick.vickers1

    • 08/Jul/2016 18:57:38

    Type in Norwegian schooner 'Mexico' on Google and you will get a 16 page report of the tragedy.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Jul/2016 23:43:43

    Thanks all has usual. Have updated the description, and (per [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]'s solid suggestion) have mapped to the Imperial Hotel at the end of the Mall, Waterford).

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Jul/2016 09:42:11

    I think "VIVID&STRIKING" is "CRAP!"

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    ChristianofDenmark

    • 11/Jul/2016 20:51:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Why waste time being so angry - do something nice to ease your troubled mind ...

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    patrick.vickers1

    • 12/Jul/2016 11:13:23

    I go some way in agreeing with Beachcomber. This site is for people who are interested in the History and Past of Ireland.

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    ChristianofDenmark

    • 12/Jul/2016 20:05:19

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/patvic67] The photo was invited to VIVID&STRIKING and is very much liked as you can see, but there was no obligation to post here, so don't blame the group, but talk with The National Library of Ireland instead ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Jul/2016 22:42:43

    Hi all. We do love to see a little lively discussion in the comment section :) Although perhaps we're more used to seeing that discussion about the background of the photo rather than the group it may have been invited or added to :) For the VIVID&STRIKING team, while we are perhaps not quite used to the "visual" nature of the expressions of appreciation, we're delighted that you guys enjoyed the photo. And look forward to some of you perhaps following the stream to see more of the same in future :) For our regular commenters, who are perhaps more drawn by the investigation and the discussion than maybe the badges that other groups might value, we sometimes accept a group invite (to maybe reach a new audience - which is somewhat part of our remit). We'll perhaps however put a little extra effort into doing so in way that is hopefully in keeping with what everyone values :) Thanks again all for the thoughts and interest - It's always great to see how different communities enjoy the project - "maireann na daoine ar scáil a chéile" (Evening Mary)

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    Proinsias Ó Foghlú

    • 19/Jul/2016 15:12:39

    Almost all of the men in the picture sport a moustache! They look like men who have lived a tough life. Great picture.