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The Lifeboat Men's Tomb


In Duke Street Cemetery in Southport stands the tomb of the fourteen lifeboatmen who lost their lives on the 9th December 1886 when the Eliza Fernley lifeboat floundered in the gale as it raced to save the crew of the barque Mexico, stranded on the sands off Southport. There are memorials oalso in Lythanm and St. Annes to the efforts of the lifeboats from those places who took part in the rescue. An earlier post shows the St. Annes memorial.

Yesterday was a grey soulless day but he sun sun came through below the grey sky just in time to light the memorial.

The Lifeboat Men's Tomb


In Duke Street Cemetery in Southport stands the tomb of the fourteen lifeboatmen who lost their lives on the 9th December 1886 when the Eliza Fernley lifeboat floundered in the gale as it raced to save the crew of the barque Mexico, stranded on the sands off Southport. There are memorials oalso in Lythanm and St. Annes to the efforts of the lifeboats from those places who took part in the rescue. An earlier post shows the St. Annes memorial.

Yesterday was a grey soulless day but he sun sun came through below the grey sky just in time to light the memorial.

comments (8)

Wow ! Very graphic result ! Well done !
Les Auld: Just what I was aiming for Zeb, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2009, 09:28
You've done a cracking job with this, Les, the bring out the detail in the shadows. That winter is a bonus.
Les Auld: A touch of HDR Alan, it all helps. Thanks for the comment.
Wonderfully atmospheric shot and a fine tribute to some of the bravest and most selfless people on the planet.
Les Auld: I am truly in awe of the bravery of men such as these that put their lives at risk to save others in the most dangerous of circumstances Bill, thanks for the comment.
They covered this incident on the reprise of the excellent Coast series, just recently. I have to say I had forgotten the detail but certainly one of the most heroic of lifeboat tragedies. Oh for modern communications. Another of your interesting local history photos,Les, well done.
Les Auld: Thanks Alistair, I remember the bit of Coast you mean, one of the best series that has been on television recently in my opinion.
Great shot... it looks very cold despite that sun peeking through ;-)
Les Auld: It sarted freezing a bit later Mark, thanks for the comment.
How fortunate to get that shaft of sunlight Les, and a fitting reminder of the men of the lifeboats all round our coast.
Les Auld: Another slice of luck Brian, it was very grey when I set out. I take my hat off to all lifeboatmen, very brave souls indeed.
great shot Les for suresmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim smile
Nicely tone mapped (I assume). The details look great.
Les Auld: Assume away Paul, Tone mapped with five exposures generated from a single RAW file and then used Topaz Adjust on it for good measure, thanks for the comment.

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