The 1810 Memorial statue was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at 11am at the Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station. A 12 month fundraising effort secured the £30,000 needed to fund the bronze status created by sculptor Paul Bearman. The statue is on a plinth outside the boathouse and will be lit by in-ground lighting.
Thanks to in-depth research from Peter Fitzgerald the full facts of the fateful lifeboat shout on 22nd December 1810 were discovered. Ian Davies (Hoylake RNLI) has previously commented:
Responding to a ship called the Traveller, which had been driven on shore in the Mersey, the boat going to their rescue was overwhelmed by the sea and 8 out of the 10 of the lifeboat crew were drowned. The lifeboat was manned by local fisherman, burial records and further research shows that 7 Hoylake men were buried at St. Bridget’s church West Kirby on the 25th and 26th December 1810. This tragedy decimated two families as those who died were John Bird aged 40 years, his sons Harry Bird aged 18 years and John Bird aged 16 years, and nephew Henry Bird aged 18 years. Also amongst those who died were Joseph Hughes aged 38, his brother Richard Hughes aged 36 and Richards son Thomas Hughes aged 16 years. It hasn’t been possible to identify the 8th man who drowned. The village at this time, Hoose as it was, would have been made up of only one hundred inhabitants, but remarkably the lifeboat was recovered and repaired and was manned with a full crew in less than a week.
Here are a couple more photos taken earlier today: