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photoblog image Rye 2. The Mary Stanford tragedy.
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Rye 2. The Mary Stanford tragedy.

1928. The Mary Stanford lifeboat was launched in a south-west gale with heavy rain squalls and heavy seas to the vessel Alice of Riga. News was received that the crew of the Alice had been rescued by another vessel and the recall signal was fired three times. Apparently the crew of the Lifeboat had not seen it and there was no ship to shore radio. The lifeboat sailed on into the storm. At midday the Mary Stanford was seen floating upside down and the bodies of the seventeen crew began to be washed ashore. The empty lifeboat house remains as a memorial.

comments (12)

  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 9 Sep 2010, 00:18
such a tragedy, it's nice they left this as a memorial.
John Prior: Thank you Leanne, yes very sad.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Sep 2010, 07:46
A lovely picture John - but oh what a heartbreaking story!
John Prior: Thanks Chris, I had not heard of this before.
Beautiful picture of isolation and solitude. Nice memorial and tribute.
John Prior: Yes, thank you Sheila.
This looks wonderfully lonely John.
John Prior: Thank you Chad, it is a large area, part of the nature reserve.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 9 Sep 2010, 10:49
Glad they keep it as memorial...but it looks like they will need to renovate it soon.
John Prior: Thank you Sidney, it is getting a bit weathered.
What a wonderful memorial. Truly better than a statue or plaque.
John Prior: Thank you Mary, I thought it was touching also.
What a terrible traged. Excellent image, and a fitting monument. (:o)
John Prior: Thank you Rosalyn.
It feels so sad to look at it, but a lovely tribute to the crew smile
John Prior: Thank you Linda, yes indeed, it must have caused terrible hardship for the families of these volunteers, although I understand the RNLI gave them financial help.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 9 Sep 2010, 16:09
Oh, how sad! We have such means of communication today that we often forget what it must have been like being cut off with no hope. A fine image you have here.
John Prior: Thank you Sherri, yes It makes you realise how modern communications help to make so much difference in emergency situations.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2010, 16:10
I like this simple building alone in its setting. Nice image.
John Prior: Thank you Otto.
A sad story, let's hope they find some money to restore this memorial. Lovely photo.
John Prior: Many thanks for visit and comment
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Sep 2010, 21:59
Oh gosh, what a terrible tragedy.
John Prior: Yes Ellie, thanks for comment.

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