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John W E

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Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:05:10 PM »

Hi all

If you have a look at this - a ship was wrecked on the shores of the River Tyne in 1963 and my dear late dad was involved in the rescue - working on the Breeches Buoy - he was passing when the event unfolded here in South Shields.     I remember going to visit the wreck when it had all quietened down.  The wreck itself was actually broken up on the foreshore as they couldn't float the vessel.  All the crew were saved but the thing to look for are the waves breaking on the side of the ship - bearing in mind this is inside a 'closed' harbour.    Very rough sea indeed that day.

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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 08:02:35 PM »


amazed how those Coasties white topped caps stayed on in that breeze, lol.


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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 11:06:07 PM »

Well that certainly brought memories flooding back. Mind you, I was only 8yrs old then, so obviously not involved in any way.

Saw wor hoose ower the watter a couple of times though :-)

Thanks for bringing this one forward John. :-))

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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2016, 04:37:10 PM »

hi there Ray, do you recall this one - your side of the water - she had just left Smiths Docks after a major refit.   They cut the hull in half if I remember rightly and put a 'moon pool' in -

When she went out for trials there was either an engine/rudder failure and she ended up on the Black Middens, Tynemouth and I believe there was a tug beached as well.

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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 10:25:13 PM »

Yep, definitely  remember that scene - we couldn't get near the rocks while this was going on therefore we had to learn to dig lugworm from the beach. Our usual ragworm supply had the boats sitting on top of it. O0

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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2016, 11:54:09 AM »

Remember this incident quite well. We were there when the booms of the big crane collapsed when trying to lift the back end of the ship. Did it on a falling tide and the crane bottomed out. Big panic as that boat had to be got off, I was told that it went back to sea with the lump of rock still under the engine, nemesis
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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 12:13:38 PM »

Bill ,I think this photo taken just be for the crane collapsed
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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 12:20:04 PM »

Quite possible John, the legs collapsed just like a magicians wand, Bill
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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 12:54:38 PM »

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I remember when I first started as a coastie in the mid 80's, watching a rocket line being fired. No elf 'n' safety back then. This thing took off then decided it was a 'coastie seeker' and headed back towards us. Never seen as many people run for cover.. except me!! as I hadn't quite grasped what was going on.

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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2016, 07:34:38 PM »

Remember when I did my masters orals in Glasgow in 1978, being grilled on the necessary signals to operate a breeches buoy setup.
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Re: Crew Rescue using rocket launched Breeches Buoy from 1963
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2016, 01:10:23 AM »

amazed how those Coasties white topped caps stayed on in that breeze, lol.


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One had a scarf holding his on LOL
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