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    #21
    Real Sea Kings are yellow.... :diablo:

    That aside, my uncle was the RNLI inspector for the region during the Penlee saga. A very sad night that will go down in RNLI history. Dispite altzheimers its about the only thing he remembers with absolute clarity. I'm glad that that Sea King is preserved as it is - hopefully it will be the one used for the Penlee rescue.

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      #22
      As you guys probably already know, today (well, yesterday - written slightly after midnight) is the 27th anniversary of the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, which resulted in the loss of the Watson class Lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' with all 8 crew, and all 8 on board the 'Union Star', at least four of which were rescued and onboard 'Solomon Browne'.
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        #23
        Incredibly it is 30 years since this terrible tragedy unfolded, litrally to the moment.

        The Solomon Browne Watson Class lifeboat was launched from the Penlee slip at 20.12 after the horrendous weather conditions rendered the Sea King rescue attempt of the captain, his family, and crew from the powerless Union Star inefective.
        As we now know the Solomon Browne and her brave crew were all lost alonf with the ships crew.

        Coxswain Trevelyan Richards
        Second Coxswain/Mechanic Stephen Madron,
        Assistant Mechanic Nigel Brockman
        Emergency Mechanic John Blewett
        crewmembers Charlie Greenhaugh
        Kevin Smith
        Barrie Torrie
        Gary Wallis

        Captain Henry Morton
        Mate James Whittaker,
        Engineer George Sedgwick,
        Crewman Anghostino Verressimo, and
        Crewman Manuel Lopes
        Dawn Morton
        Sharon Morton
        Deanne Morton

        Russell Smith the American exchange pilot of 'Rescue 80' said this about the crew,

        "the greatest act of courage that I have ever seen, and am ever likely to see, was the penultimate courage and dedication shown by the Penlee [crew] when it manoeuvred back alongside the casualty in over 60 ft breakers and rescuing four people shortly after the Penlee had been bashed on top of the casualty's hatch covers. They were truly the bravest eight men I've ever seen who were also totally dedicated to upholding the highest standards of the RNLI"

        This link is worth reading through, http://westcoast-news.org/story-penlee.htm

        There is a programme on this tomorrow on BBC4 at 22.00.
        Last edited by pagen01; 19th December 2011, 23:21. Reason: added link
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          #24
          Also related as a follow up;

          Divisional Inspector (as was then) Leslie J. Vipond, RNLI, (my uncle) passed away last year following an accident at home. He was one of the men responsible for making sure that disasters like Penlee could never happen again.

          (JT442, The artist formerly known as Lindy's Lad, many moons ago)

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            #25
            Well done James for highlighting this very sombre anniversary. I have been down to Cornwall on many occasions, leaving flowers at the old Penlee lifeboat house.. and made the effort to visit the site of the tragedy with my family on its 20th anniversary.
            In my opinion, and it is just my opinion, it remains the greatest act of bravery in peacetime... ever.!!
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              #26
              Good thread, a reminder to myself that despite many advances in technology the sea is still a very tricky place to operate in bad weather.

              As for the Sea King due to go on display, the majority of the public will be un aware of the radome and far more interested in the story of the rescues.

              I have always admired the FAA museum and the supporters, they seem to get a lot done on low resources and also avoid the excessive trend to spending a lot on landmark buildings.

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                #27
                Originally posted by pagen01 View Post
                Incredibly it is 30 years since this terrible tragedy unfolded, litrally to the moment.

                The Solomon Browne Watson Class lifeboat was launched from the Penlee slip at 20.12 after the horrendous weather conditions rendered the Sea King rescue attempt of the captain, his family, and crew from the powerless Union Star inefective.
                As we now know the Solomon Browne and her brave crew were all lost alonf with the ships crew.

                Coxswain Trevelyan Richards
                Second Coxswain/Mechanic Stephen Madron,
                Assistant Mechanic Nigel Brockman
                Emergency Mechanic John Blewett
                crewmembers Charlie Greenhaugh
                Kevin Smith
                Barrie Torrie
                Gary Wallis

                Captain Henry Morton
                Mate James Whittaker,
                Engineer George Sedgwick,
                Crewman Anghostino Verressimo, and
                Crewman Manuel Lopes
                Dawn Morton
                Sharon Morton
                Deanne Morton


                This link is worth reading through, http://westcoast-news.org/story-penlee.htm

                There is a programme on this tomorrow on BBC4 at 22.00.
                At the request of pagen01..... the 'Solomon Browne' exercising (with a Wessex) for an RNLI Fete on Penzance Promenade, July 1979


                RNLI Solomon Browne, Penlee Lifeboat August 1979

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                  #28
                  Thanks for posting that Longshot, have you got the other image with the Wessex?

                  Have to entirely echo what Rob has said about the bravery of the crews.
                  I really recommend trying to watch the programe tonight, if it's the one I have seen befor it is very good, but a tough watch.

                  Scotavia, Sea King XZ574 is now on display in the main FAA Museum building.

                  John sorry to hear about your uncle, one of my other interests is the older RNLI Lifeboats, sounds like he had a very interesting career.

                  Re the main subject, as far as I'm aware the Sea King in question still hasn't been confirmed as the one used that night, I've just checked the history page of XZ574 on the FAAM website and it doesn't mention this rescue, though interesting to see it was the same A/C that rescued the downed Harrier pilot during the Falklands.
                  Last edited by pagen01; 20th December 2011, 15:16.
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                    #29
                    One with the Wessex here

                    http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/photos/img281.htm
                    Dave Charles
                    Historian 607 (County of Durham) Squadron
                    Chair North East Land Sea Air Museums (NELSAM)

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by pagen01 View Post
                      Thanks for posting that Longshot, have you got the other image with the Wessex?

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                      I left the other image off this thread because it showed the Wessex. Is everybody 100% that it was a Sea King on station when the Solompn Browne was lost? I always thought it was a Wessex, but have no evidence either way.

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                        #31
                        Definitely Sea King, as described in post #3, the Wessex were on day standby and the Sea King for night.
                        The Sea King ('Rescue 80) pilot and winchmen both appeared and gave their accounts on the Penlee disater programme that has just been on
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                          #32
                          There are more details of the Sea King and the rescue on pprune

                          http://www.pprune.org/military-aircr...ing-xz574.html
                          Dave Charles
                          Historian 607 (County of Durham) Squadron
                          Chair North East Land Sea Air Museums (NELSAM)

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