Wreck of Schooner "Lamorna"

MV Lamorna November 1951
courtesy of C.P. Quilter Milford-on- Sea Coast Guard.

Here is a summary of the first contribution to our archive which we have received through our website. Our thanks to Roger Quilter.

At 11.25 in the morning of the 4th November, 1951 the Niton Radio Station reported a wireless message from a steamer that a schooner was in distress sixteen and a half miles south-south-east Durleston Head, and at 11.40 the Swanage lifeboat was launched.

A southerly gale was blowing, with a heavy sea. At 2.45 in the afternoon the lifeboat found H.M.S. Redpole towing the schooner Lamorna of Southampton. The schooner had a crew of fourteen and was bound for the South China Sea to search for Captain Kidd’s treasure. The warship asked the life-boat to stand by, which she did, but at 4.20 the Redpole said the life-boat was no longer needed and she made for Poole.

At 6.10 a message was sent to the Yarmouth life-boat station and the lifeboat left her moorings with the second coxswain in command. She found that the Lamorna had broken away from the Redpole , had lost her masts and had damaged her rudder. She rescued the fourteen men and returned to her station, arriving at 8.50.

The Lamorna eventually drifted ashore at Hordle beach. The owners and captain of the Lamorna gave 75 guineas to the Lifeboat Institution and 25 guineas to the Yarmouth crew in gratitude for the rescue.

A complete account from the Complete Historical Archives of the Lifeboat Journal has been added to our archive ref: MHR.001683.

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Comments about this page

  • Thank you for recording this incident, I often refer to it but noone seems to remember the incident.
    My brother and two sisters were the first to arrive on the beach at Milford to find the 14 crew asleep, wrapped in blankets, I remember the beach being covered with Sugar bags and tins of Four Square tobacco.
    The schooner was bow first onto the beach and being pounded by huge waves,. The hull was complete but it’s masts broken.
    That was 69 yrs ago I am now 81 but it had a profound effect on me.

    By Andre Turner (28/03/2020)

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