Sunday, 9 April 2017



This is a drawing of Rhyl Lifeboat saving the four-man crew of ‘The Temperance’ which was a Belfast ship caught in a gale and stranded off Pensarn, Abergele, early in January 1857. This, and an account of the incident were published that same year in The Illustrated London News weekly magazine.

The drawing is a good example of a newspaper illustration before photography, i.e. a work of the artist's imagination. Rhyl Lifeboat had no name in those very early days. Point of Ayr Lifeboat was also sent to aid 'The Temperance' but capsized near Rhyl and all 13 members of the crew were lost.

As for ‘The Temperance’, the vessel is described in the magazine as a brigantine and elsewhere as a schooner. Thanks to Paul Frost MBE of Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat station for supplying the following links via which the difference can be fathomed:

Schooner -

Armchair sailors please note that the label MARITIME which used to appear in the list - on your left at the top of the page - has been done away with and the posts therein dispersed under the labels FORYD HARBOUR, HMS RHYL, HOVERCRAFT and LIFEBOAT.
The few oddments that wouldn't fit into those categories are now labelled RHYL HISTORY.