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Byline: On Thursday 5 September the crew of the RNLI Humber lifeboat The Pride of the Humber will lay a wreath at the entrance to the Hull Marina to mark the 175th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Forfarshire with around 60 souls on board.
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On Thursday 5 September the crew of the RNLI Humber lifeboat The Pride of the Humber will lay a wreath at the entrance to the Hull Marina to mark the 175th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Forfarshire with around 60 crew and passengers on board.
      
The ship, owned by the Dundee and Hull Steam Packet Company, was to be wrecked two days later, 
(7 September 1838), on Big Harcar Rock near the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.

Some 42 people drowned, but nine escaped in a ship’s lifeboat and the remaining nine survivors were picked up in a rescue by Grace Darling and her father William, the keeper of the Longstone Lighthouse.

Dave Steenvoorden, Coxswain of the RNLI Humber lifeboat explains:

 ‘Myself and the crew of the Humber lifeboat wanted to mark this historic occasion and at the same time make people more aware of Hull’s connection with what became one of the most notable events in early Victorian England as Grace Darling became famous overnight. Grace is very special and a real inspiration to the RNLI crews who like Grace volunteer to go out to help others, in sometimes horrendous sea and weather conditions.
      
‘Our simple ceremony will have even more poignancy as one of our RNLI crew members, Jamie White, who will actually lay the wreath to commemorate the start of the fateful voyage of the SS Forfarshire is a relative of both Grace Darling and the Robson family who provided three of the crew of the Seahouses lifeboat who also went to help at the same time.’                                     
      

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Notes to editors   
                                                                                                                                                                
Media are invited to film the ceremony, which will take place, tide and operational considerations permitting at 11.00am on Thursday 5 September 2013 by the entrance to the Humber Dock Basin in Hull.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please either contact Dave Steenvoorden Coxswain of the Humber Lifeboat on 01964 650228 email dave@spurnpoint.com or  Steve Robinson Press and Publicity Officer Hessle Branch RNLI tel 01482 649382 or email stever@stever.karoo.co.uk or the RNLI press office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

Byline: On Thursday 5 September the crew of the RNLI Humber lifeboat The Pride of the Humber will lay a wreath at the entrance to the Hull Marina to mark the 175th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Forfarshire with around 60 souls on board.
Page Content:

On Thursday 5 September the crew of the RNLI Humber lifeboat The Pride of the Humber will lay a wreath at the entrance to the Hull Marina to mark the 175th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Forfarshire with around 60 crew and passengers on board.
      
The ship, owned by the Dundee and Hull Steam Packet Company, was to be wrecked two days later, 
(7 September 1838), on Big Harcar Rock near the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.

Some 42 people drowned, but nine escaped in a ship’s lifeboat and the remaining nine survivors were picked up in a rescue by Grace Darling and her father William, the keeper of the Longstone Lighthouse.

Dave Steenvoorden, Coxswain of the RNLI Humber lifeboat explains:

 ‘Myself and the crew of the Humber lifeboat wanted to mark this historic occasion and at the same time make people more aware of Hull’s connection with what became one of the most notable events in early Victorian England as Grace Darling became famous overnight. Grace is very special and a real inspiration to the RNLI crews who like Grace volunteer to go out to help others, in sometimes horrendous sea and weather conditions.
      
‘Our simple ceremony will have even more poignancy as one of our RNLI crew members, Jamie White, who will actually lay the wreath to commemorate the start of the fateful voyage of the SS Forfarshire is a relative of both Grace Darling and the Robson family who provided three of the crew of the Seahouses lifeboat who also went to help at the same time.’                                     
      

END                                                                               
     
Notes to editors   
                                                                                                                                                                
Media are invited to film the ceremony, which will take place, tide and operational considerations permitting at 11.00am on Thursday 5 September 2013 by the entrance to the Humber Dock Basin in Hull.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please either contact Dave Steenvoorden Coxswain of the Humber Lifeboat on 01964 650228 email dave@spurnpoint.com or  Steve Robinson Press and Publicity Officer Hessle Branch RNLI tel 01482 649382 or email stever@stever.karoo.co.uk or the RNLI press office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk