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Baltimore Lifeboat Station History – Lesson 2

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Published on: January 30, 2012

1979 Fastnet Rescue

The race began on Saturday, August 11, 1979.  303 yachts and 2,700 sailors set out on the 608-mile race from the Isle of Wight. The course took the yachts westwards across the Irish Sea, around the Fastnet Rock 3 miles West of Cape Clear and back. The race began in fine weather with no warning of what was to come. Many of the larger yachts were rounding the Fastnet when weather conditions deteriorated rapidly as a Force 10 gale swept across the North Atlantic at an alarming rate.

The yachts were pounded by 40-foot breaking waves and rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them. These conditions endured for 20 hours. Rescue crews pulled 136 sailors from their yachts or the sea, but 15 men died, two of whose bodies were never found. Only 85 boats managed to finish the race, while five sunk and a further 24 were abandoned. One of the few boats to reach the finish line in Plymouth was Morning Cloud skippered by former UK Prime Minister Edward Heath.

Three Irish Yachts were competing for the Admirals cup and were in pole position before the last race, of the series, the Fastnet. When Regardless lost her rudder that was the end of the Irish dream. The boat was towed into Baltimore by the lifeboat The Robert. A second Irish yacht Golden Apple of the Sun lost her rudders too, and the boat was abandoned by her crew in favour of a helicopter when another gale was forecast for that night. The third Irish boat Invincible made it across the finishing line.

Special regulations were brought in following the disaster to make it mandatory for competing yachts to carry VHF equipment and reduced the total numbers of yachts competing.

The 25th anniversary was commemorated in 2004 by a wreath laying ceremony which took place at sea, off North Harbour, Cape Clear Island. Coxswain Kieran Cotter laid the wreath from aboard the L.E. Eimear in the company of Terence Johnson Deputy Chairman, RNLI Ireland, and Commanader Kavanagh of the L.E. Deirdre, the Irish naval ship that took part in the rescue operation. The L.E Grainnuaile stood by during the ceremony and was accompanied by a large flotilla of pleasure craft.

Our current Coxswain Kieran Cotter was part of the lifeboat crew that spent over 20 hours at sea onboard the Robert. A commemorative plaque was presented to Kieran and members of the Baltimore Lifeboat. The citation reads; “The heroic work of Coxswain Christy Collins and crew of the Baltimore Lifeboat, The Robert, who rescued the crew of the Regardless and Marionette and towed both yachts to Baltimore is acknowledged as an extraordinary feat of seamanship conducted during the storm in which the 15 Fastnet race competitors perished”.

The photo above is dated 15th August 1979 and was taken by Anne Minihane. It shows the Robert back out on duty shortly after the heroic efforts of the previous days.

If you have photos of lifeboats stationed at Baltimore we would love to see and share them. Photos can be uploaded through the form on the website contacts page.

Fore & aft moorings for new Tamar

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Published on: January 29, 2012

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Baltimore Lifeboat Station History – Lesson 1

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Published on: January 27, 2012

Pictured here is Louis Nolan, lifeboat mechanic on the first lifeboat stationed at Baltimore. This photo was taken prior to 1945 in the station boathouse, showing the stern of lifeboat ON649 The Shamrock (also known as the Duke of Connaught). The Watson class lifeboat was stationed here from  from 17 August 1919 until 11 October 1949. Louis’s father Bill served on the Shamrock as Coxswain and Louis’s son Billy later served on the Sarah Tilson.

Photos of Alan Massey from Poole

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Published on: January 24, 2012

Checkout the new gallery click the following link for photos of Alan Massey in Poole

Hilda Jarrett continues search efforts in Glandore

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Published on: January 24, 2012

The all weather lifeboat Hilda Jarrett put to sea again today. In possibly one of her last services at Baltimore lifeboat station, the lifeboat continued to support search efforts in Glandore after the sinking of Tit Bonhomme on January 15th last. On board were Coxswain Aidan Bushe, relief mechanic Barry [...]

New Tamar Class ALB Alan Massey – photos from Poole

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Published on: January 22, 2012

Inshore Lifeboat carries on with search

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Published on: January 21, 2012

The inshore lifeboat Bessie departed Baltimore at 07:45 this morning to join in continued efforts to find the three remaining missing fishermen from the Tit Bonhomme. Helm Kieran Collins with crew Tadhg Collins & Diarmuid Collins are on board the Atlantic 75 RIB . Baltimore lifeboat will work under the [...]

Coffee Morning and more – Friday 17th February

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Published on: January 19, 2012

We are holding a coffee morning and book and accessories sale on Friday 17th February at Bushes Bar, Baltimore between 11am and 1pm.  All welcome.  More information to follow.

Search continues in Glandore

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Published on: January 18, 2012

The Hilda Jarrett was involved again in another search of the Glandore Harbour area yesterday Tuesday 17th January. Launching at 1pm Coxswain Kieran Cotter proceeded to Castlehaven to commence a coastal search stretching east to Duneen Head. Weather conditions were poor with a 3 metre onshore swell. The lifeboat returned [...]

Sea Check

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Published on: January 17, 2012

Book a SEA Check online today The RNLI would like to offer you a completely free, friendly and confidential service that looks at safety aspects involved with your boat. SEA Check is neither a test nor an inspection and there is no pass or fail. Conducted by one of our [...]

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