On Friday 14th February we gave an official welcome to Fishguard’s historic Charterhouse Lifeboat at its new home at the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society premises in Hancock’s Yard, Pembroke Dock. The ceremony was conducted by the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Sara Edwards and was attended by local dignitaries including the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Simon Hancock, and the mayors of Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Neyland, Milford Haven, Fishguard and Goodwick.
Its arrival here coincided with the 99th anniversary of her most famous rescue of the crew of the doomed Dutch ship Hermina, which foundered on Needle Rock on 4th December 1920. The intrepid lifeboat crew, led by coxswain John Howells, carried out an heroic operation, saving nearly all the crew with just one fatality. Their feat was honoured with the boat and crew being taken to London and receiving medals from the then Prince of Wales, Edward VIII.
Charterhouse Returns Trust chairman Gwilym Price explained that the trust has struggled to find a suitable exhibition space in her home port of Goodwick.
“We didn’t have a location for her in the Fishguard and Goodwick area and we are delighted that she has been accepted in the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society museum where she will be well cared for. They have an expert team of boat builders here and Trust volunteers will work with them to continue the restoration”.