Cemaes Classic Lifeboat

April 24, 2009

Neil Lomas phoned this morning and told me to look at www.CemaesClassicLifeboat.co.uk

  • Watson Type 38ft. 12 oarsmen, Cox., Bowman (non self righting).
  • It was built in 1907 by Thames Ironworks.
  • It was the same boat builder as the Charterhouse, but two years earlier.

I read through the webpage and put an immediate link on our website!

Tonight I had a call from David Williams [Liaison Officer] of the Cemaes Classic Lifeboat.

Somehow the County Echo had travelled all the way north to Cemaes!

He wants to invite members up to Anglesey for their ‘big day’!

He could not believe that six of us were so close on Wednesday.

Read all about it on their website.

Two contacts in one day about the same project!

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Blog Theme Updated

April 23, 2009

We’ve updated the Blog theme today, we hope you like it.  It’s a little ‘crisper’ than the last.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.


Our second visit to the Marian (Charterhouse)

April 23, 2009

Six members of the Charterhouse Returns group travelled to Porth Penrhyn on Wednesdsay 22nd April.

Phil Davies, Phil Rees and Steve Done in one car and Richard Davies, Bob Wheatley and Mike Iles in the other car.

We left at 6:15am and arrived at the Marian at 9:30am and then we spent some 2.5 hours in the vicinity.

The Lomas Family, Neil, Anne, Judith, Ruby and Dougie arrived to show us their boat.

We inspected the Marian and a sister lifeboat as well as meeting Scott Metcalfe.  Scott has a engine-box for us to exchange and will be lifting the Marian onto the lorry for us.

The main purpose of the visit was to assess the possibility of a sea delivery or a road delivery!

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Here are some general photographs.

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The original wheel from the Charterhouse

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Phil Rees,  Bob Wheatley,  Richard Davies, Neil Lomas and Steve Done [Phil Davies behind camera!]


The Charterhouse Returns Committee

April 19, 2009

After our initial visit in January,  Cllr Richard Davies,  Cllr Gwilym Price ( the Mayor of Fishguard & Goodwick from May 2009] and Cllr Bob Wheatly  members of the town centenary group called a meeting of all interested groups.

The meeting was called at the Royal Oak on Fishguard Square. [the photo below of Royal Oak nearer the time of the Charterhouse’s initial visit!]

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As a result of the meeting, the decision was made to initiate the return of the Charterhouse.

It was fitting therefore to name the project – Charterhouse Returns.

The Committee consists of: –

Chairman – Richard Davies

Vice-Charman – Gwilym Price [Mayor]

Secretary – Bob Wheatley

Treasurer – Chris Williams

Phil Rees

John Bultler

Coxswain Paul Bultler

Dr. David Davies

Mike Ilse

Richard Goswell

Robert Rees

It was descided to visit the Charterhouse on the 22nd April.

The group travelling at 5am: –

Richard Davies, Bob Wheatley, Phil Davies, Mike Ilse, Phil Rees,  Steve Done [Deputy 2nd Coxswain of the lifeboat]

Note: – not one of the Davies’ are related!


Our first visit to the Marian (Charterhouse)

April 19, 2009

As a result of a meeting called by Phil Rees at the Pendre Inn in January 2009 it was descided to send two members to Bangor to renew Fishguard & Goodwick’s contact with the Charterhouse!

John Butler [father of the RNLI Coxswain Paul Butler] and myself [Phil Davies]

After 4 hours of driving, in fog most of the time, we arrived alongside the Charterhouse [sorry Marian]  at midday.

The weather was equal to the summers we don’t seem to have! The tide was full and the water calm as can be seen in the photographs on the main pages.

Waiting for us were three generations of the Lomas family – Neil and his wife Anne, his daughter Judith Lomas Taylor, and his two grandchildren Ruby and Dougie.

John spent his time evaluating the technical aspects of the Marian while I was taking photographs of  more general views.

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As Marian was afloat we visited the  ‘sister ship’ on the quay nearby, to view the position of the ‘prop’.

After a two hour stay, we returned to Fishguard, and reported our ‘survey’ to the whole of the Fishguard lifeboat crew in their weekly ‘tutorial’ at The Ship Inn at Lower Town.


Sponsors Page is Added

April 19, 2009

We have added the Sponsors Page this afternoon.

The Charterhouse Returns Committee wish to thank our sponsors for their help in returning the Lifeboat to Fishguard and in our attempt to restore it to its former condition.

We would like to provide a Charterhouse exhibit/attraction for locals and visitors illustrating the marine history of the twin towns of  Fishguard & Goodwick.


CharterhouseReturns Website Updated

April 19, 2009

As of today, Sunday the 19th of April 2009, the Charterhouse Returns website has been updated.

It now has information on the Charterhouse, photographs and updated contact details.  The site will evolve as time passes and we progress with the project.  Comments and suggestions are always welcome!

This blog will contain the latest news and photographs so keep an eye on these pages for the ‘hot off the press’ news.

Bookmark the website: www.CharterhouseReturns.com