RNLI Hope in the Great War exhibition tells story of 1916 wartime Falmouth lifeboat crew rescue


The Hope in the Great War exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall tells story of 1916 wartime Falmouth lifeboat crew rescue…

A new exhibition at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall: Hope in the Great War, tells the story of six heroic RNLI rescues, including the story of 3 November 1916 when Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescued 20 people from the tanker Ponus.

Hope in the Great War is a national touring exhibition produced by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and funded by Arts Council England. The exhibition celebrates timeless courage during the First World War, telling the story of six heroic RNLI rescues, with family friendly interactive displays.

See the First World War through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK and Ireland and honour the courage of RNLI rescuers and survivors.

The Stories:

  • 3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
  • 30 October 1914 Whitby, Tynemouth, Upgang, Teesmouth and Scarborough lifeboats rescue 144 people from the wrecked hospital ship Rohilla
  • 8 August 1915 Fraserburgh lifeboat rescues 14 people from the SS Glenravel when she is targeted by a German submarine
  • 1 January 1916 Port Eynon lifeboat goes to the assistance of SS Dunvegan. Tragically three lifeboat crew lose their lives
  • 3 November 1916 Falmouth lifeboat crew and service men rescue 20 people from the tanker Ponus
  • 29 December 1916 Baltimore (Republic of Ireland) volunteers and RN trawlers rescue 23 people from the SS Alondra
  • 9 January 1917 Cromer lifeboat crew and men from the shore rescue 33 from the ships Pyrin and Fernebo when one is wrecked and the other hits a mine.

 

The exhibition launches on Saturday 22 October 2016 at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Discovery Quay, Falmouth and runs until Sunday 13 November 2016.

Photo credit: The photo is of The Bob Newbon involved in the rescue of the Ponus in 1916 Credit for Bob Newbon boat photo: photo kindly lent from Brian Osborne’s ‘Images of the Past’ Collection.

General enquiries National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY

T: 01326313388 E: enquiries@nmmc.co.uk

Prices

Buy a full price individual ticket and get in free to the NMMC for one year. Adults £12.50 Children (Under 18) £5 Children (Under 5s) Free

Opening hours Open every day of the year from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day