The Penlee Lifeboat Tragedy 19th December 1981
'Twas a fearsome day
that boded nothing well
At Penlee lifeboat station the most gigantic
Cascaded above the jetty, the coxswain could foretell
sailors in peril today, when rang the warning bell.
“Alert your crew!”
the message said to background clap of
“The Union Star is on the rocks and looks like going under!”
summoned those men whose job it was to bend their wills to save her
Those brave few souls at his command he'd never known to waver
nearby town and all around they responded to the call
concerns at once laid down for duty one and all.
Some arising took leave
of wives or abandoned a morning kipper
No matter the unsocial hour when
summoned by your skipper
They assembled at the Solomon Browne each
garbed in a sou'wester
Disheartened by the darkening storm they knew
this would be a tester.
With resolute hearts they launched their boat
upon their worthy mission
To save some strangers come what may in RNLI
Some shouts were less daunting than others and this one
Eight brave hearted gentlemen could not foresee an
ending so, so sad.
The Solomon Browne of some renown had sailed to her
The entire complement of those on board would suffer the
No more to run those cobbled Cornwall lanes like pilots
on a scramble
They drew short straws from Nature's claws and lost their
With a redoubtable record of saving lives they could not
at the last their own
As the rescued company clambered aboard all their
chances had been blown
The craft was to founder on the rocks and vanish
in typhoon-like weather
But is still revered to this very day for those
lifeboat men's endeavour.
By Frank E Gibbard London,
R.I.P To All The Crew of THE SOLOMON BROWN True Courage
and Sacrifice that will NEVER be forgotten !!!!!
Makes you more prouder
to be CORNISH !!!!