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Brighstone Grange, Isle of Wight Lifeboat Station    Established 1860    Closed 1915

The journal for October 1860 quotes as follows:-

"Two life-boats have been recently placed by the National Life-boat Institution on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight. One is stationed at Brooke near Freshwater Bay, the other at Grange Chine in Brixton Bay. The cost of the Grange life-boat and carriage was presented to the Institution by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club whilst the cost of the Brooke and Grange life-boathouses have been collected by the inhabitants of the Island.
Lying near the track of all vessels passing up or down the channel the coast on this part of the Island has always been liable to wrecks and the want of a life-boat has been greatly felt on it.
Three vessels and several lives were lost here during last winter which awoke a general local interest in the subject".

Voted silver medal to James Buckett in connection with the rescue of 20 men from the steamer "Woodham" of Christina.

On the afternoon of the 9th March, the ship "Sirenia" of Glasgow, bound from San Francisco for Dunkirk with a cargo of wheat, stranded on Atherfield Ledge during a thick fog. The life-boat "Worcester Cadet", stationed at Brighstone Grange, put off to her assistance at 4.15 and brought ashore the master's wife, three children, a femaile servant and an apprentice, landing them at Atherfield at 6.30.
It had been arranged with the master that the life-boat should return to the vessel at low water, and the boat was therefore again launched at one o'clock on the following morning in a very heavy sea, reached the ship, and took in 13 men.
The life-boat then watched their opportunity, and at an apparently favourable moment cast off; but before they had time to turn and get out the drogue, a huge breaker drove the boat rapidly astern, turned her broadside on, and capsized her. She righted but, unfortunately, MOSES MUNT, the Coxswain, THOMAS COTTON, Assistant Coxswain, and two of the passengers, were drowned. The boat reached the shore at Atherfield at 2.30 and the survivors landed. At 12 noon the life-boat again went off to the vessel, three of the men who had been in the boat the first time, and also on the occasion of the capsize, again going out in her, and rescued the remainder of the ship's crew, 13 in number.
The Brooke life-boat which had also put out to the "Sirenia's" assistance was struck by a very heavy breaker which washed REUBEN COOPER, Assistant Coxswain, and two of the crew overboard, unhappily Cooper was lost.
The Committee voted £300 to the local fund. Voted silver medal to William Cotton, David Cotton and Frank Salter in recognition of their services in this occasion.

Coxswains: -    
James Buckett 1860 - 1879
Moses Munt 1880 - 1888
James H. Cotton 1888 - 1915

Lifeboats   Launches Lives
Rescue 1860-1866
Rescue 1866-1880
Worcester Cadet 1880-1892
Joe Jarman 1892-1907
Brothers Brickwood 1907-1915

Voted silver medal to James Cotton in connection with the rescue of 129 persons from the s.s. "Eider" of Bremen.
The thanks of the Institution inscribed on vellum accorded to the Honorary Secretary, the Rev. F. S. Lipscombe, M.A., in recognition of the valuable services he rendered in connection with the service. The Directors of the South Holland life-boat Institution conveyed their congratulations on the success of the rescue.
The journal quotes as follows:-
"Atherfield, Brighstone Grange, and Brooke, Isle of Wight, -
On the night of Sunday 31st January, the four-masted s.s. "Eider", of Bremen, 4,719 tons register, bound from New York for Southampton, en route for Bremen, stranded on the reef of rocks known as Atherfield Ledge in a thick fog, stormy weather, and a very rough sea. She fired signal rockets, and at about 11 o'clock the life-boat "Catherine Swift", stationed at Atherfield was launched, proceeded to her, and at the request of the master brought ashore telegrams for steam-tugs. At daylight the vessel again signalling, the life-boat went to her, and found that the master desired to land some of the mails, which were therefore brought ashore. Meanwhile, intelligence of the stranding of the steamer had been sent to the neighbouring life-boat stations at Brighstone Grange and Brooke, and the life-boats "Worcester Cadet" and "William Slaney Lewis" arrived as quickly as possible on the scene. The master of the "Eider" ultimately decided that it would be best to land the passengers, and during the day the life-boats made altogether eighteen trips to the ship, and safely landed two hundred and thirty-three persons, specie and mails at Atherfield, where all the boats were afterwards drawn up for the night.
The next day, eleven journeys were performed by the life-boats and one hundred and forty-six people were brought safely ashore, together with mails and specie, while on the two succeeding days bars of silver, specie, the ship's plate, and passengers' luggage were saved.
Forty-one journeys in all were made by the gallant life-boat crews, who worked hard and nobly, and three hundred and seventy-nine persons were rescued by them. The master and some of the crew remained on board the vessel, hoping that it would be possible to get her afloat and by dint of extensive salvage operations this was ultimately accomplished, the total loss of this fine Norddeutscher Lloyd liner being thus happily avoided. On 29th March, she was successfully towed off the rocks, and on the following day she safely berthed in Southampton docks; although, as might reasonably be expected, in a considerably damaged condition.
Her Majesty the Queen graciously expressed to the Institution her Majesty's warm appreciation of the gallant conduct of the life-boat men.
H.I.M. the Emperor of Germany presented to each of the coxswains of the three life-boats, a gold watch bearing His Majesty's portrait and initials, in recognition of the devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and philanthropy shown in the work of the rescue. His Imperial Majesty also contributed the sum of £200 with the expression of his thanks to the Institution.
The Norddeutscher Lloyd, the owners of the "Eider", expressed their appreciation of and thanks for the gallant services rendered to their vessel by the life-boat men, and gave a donation of £105 to the funds of the Institution.

During the launch of the life-boat on 29th September, a male spectator was fatally injured by the carriage.

Owing to further erosion station closed.

Life-boats [ ] not part of journal entry.
Rescue provided by Royal Victoria Yacht Club. [6 oars. Forrestt Peake, Limehouse. cost £143]
Rescue (new boat bearing same name) 32', 10 oars, provided by Royal Victoria Yacht Club.
[Forrestt & Son, Limehouse. cost unknown]
Worcester Cadet 34' x 8' self-righting type, 10 oars, provided by Worcester Cadet life-boat Fund, cost £363, built by Woolfe & Son.
Joe Jarman 34' x 8' self-righting type, 10 oars, provided by legacy of Miss Jarman of Slough, cost £379 built by W. J. Ellis.
Brothers Brickwood 35' x 8'6" self-righting, 10 oars, provided by legacy of Mr. E. D. Brickwood of Boscombe, cost £871, built by Thames Ironworks.

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