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Shipwreck: Ketch Hanna

The ketch Hanna was wrecked on rocks off L'Etacq in November 1949

From The Lifeboat, the RNLI journal On Saturday 19 November 1949 the St Helier lifeboat took part in a midnight rescue, two months after that which earned Coxswain Thomas King a gold nedal and his crew bronze medals. [1] This time the station boat, the Elizabeth Rippon, performed the service, under the command of the second coxswain, Silver Le Riche, who had not taken part in the gold medal service.

At 10.50 pm the lifeboat station received a report that rockets had been seen between Sark and Grosnez Point, off the north-west of Jersey. At once the lifeboat was launched. It was a fine night, with a moderate northerly wind, but very dark. The tide was low.

By 11.25 the lifeboat had cleared the pierheads and had negotiated Corbiere inner passage. It was ten miles from St Helier that she found the source of the rockets: an auxiliary ketch hard and fast on the rocks of L'Etacq reef.

This was the Hanna of Poole, which had left Plymouth that morning with a cargo of carbonate of lime for Jersey. She was lying with her head towards the shore, and over her starboard side heavy seas were breaking.

Notes and references

  1. 1949 - A Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Thomas King and Bronze Medals to Crew Members Philip Boutell, Kenneth Gubbey, David Robert Talbot, Charles George King, Reginald John Nicholle, George Stapley and Honorary Secretary Lionel Percival Stevens, for a service to the yacht Maurice Georges. The lifeboat had searched unsuccessfully for eight hours for a military aircraft that had come down. On the way back to her station a wireless message was received that the yacht was among the rocks of the Demie De Pas. A successful search located the yacht, which was then towed, with the four crew, back to the station after nine hours at sea.
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