SH3293 : Stone memorial to the establishment of the Cemlyn lifeboat service in 1828

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Llanfairynghornwy, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

Stone memorial to the establishment of the Cemlyn lifeboat service in 1828
Stone memorial to the establishment of the Cemlyn lifeboat service in 1828
The Cemlyn lifeboat was the first of six to be set up by The Anglesey Association for the Preservation of Life from Shipwrecks. The founders of the association were the vicar of nearby Llanfairynghornwy, James Williams (of Treffos, Llansadwrn) and his wife, Frances. Oxford educated James, a nephew of Twm Chwara Teg, the Amlwch Copper King, and Frances (nee Lloyd), a leading watercolourist and friend of Charles Darwin, were the great-grandparents of Sir Kyffin Williams, the artist. They became concerned about the fate of mariners when as newly weds they watched in horror the Dublin-bound packet "Alert" drifting helplessly in calm weather on to Maen y Bugail (West Mouse) with the subsequent loss of 123 lives. [The master and the crew all made it to safety.] James and Frances
were not just planners and organizers. Both took part in rescues, saving between them hundreds of lives. James was for many years the coxswain of the Cemlyn lifeboat and was awarded the RNLI gold medal for a daring rescue in 1835 when riding his horse into the sea he managed to throw a grappling iron with an attached line on to the stricken ship "Active" which enabled the saving of the 5 man crew.
This stone was unveiled on a very stormy day in 1978, so stormy that the re-enactment of the ride of James and Frances Williams along the cliff on the day of the sinking of the Alert had to be cancelled for fear of the riders being blown into the sea. The local MP, Cledwyn Hughes, later Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, who performed the actual unveiling is said to have made the shortest speech of his long career.

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Friday, 20 March, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 22 March, 2009
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Memorial > Memorial   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 329 937 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.8209N 4:30.8757W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 329 937
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