October 14, 2009
On the 12th October Neil and Anne visited the Charterhouse Returns Committee at The Pendre Inn.
The Charterhouse original wheel, original Jib [sail] and the original ON 563 brass plate was presented to Richard Davies [Chairman].
Phil Davies presented Neil and Anne with a Special Limited Edition book on the Charterhouse [only 5 copies published]
The following morning they were guests at the Fishguard Lifeboat Station where Steve Done, Philip Rees, David Davies and Coxswain Paul Butler showed the new station and took them on board Blue Peter!
Photo by Johnny Morris
Photo by Johnny Morris
September 20, 2009
Richard Hughes and his Diving Club http://www.reddragondivers.org.uk invited me out to the wreck of the Hermina on Saturday 19th September at the lowest tide for the year.
After writing about the Hermina, I saw for the the first time the engine block that had been there for 89 years .
It was above the water and in the exact position indicated in the book [page 26 – Hermina – the morning after]
We were joined by Mike and Jackie Williamson who were moored nearby and used their tender to ferry me around the engine. http://www.wordaid.co.uk/
September 20, 2009
Charterhouse returns Committee members Coxswain Paul Butler and ‘Doc’ Davies arranged a trip out in Fishguard Bay for me on Wednesday. It was a practice night and was very interesting as one of the female crew members was being assessed for her ability at the helm and at the emergency rudder control. She was impressive!.
I managed to survive 90 minutes [on board] in a less than calm sea!
Within three months I now have been to sea [and at the wheel] on the Charterhouse and Blue Peter!
A special ‘Thank you’ to the TV programme Blue Peter and all the children who raised funds for Fishguard’s Lifeboat named after the programme!
Thanks to Johnny Morris for photos.
September 13, 2009
Two members of the Old Carthusians visited the Charterhouse Lifeboat on Thursday.
The arrived by train as their party of 1909 did!
Chris Williams [Committee Member] – Tony Anstee [Old Carthusian] – Jeffrey Matthews [Old Carthusian] – Phil Rees [Committee Member] with the Needle Rock ‘dead astern’!!!!!!!!!
Holding camera – Phil Davies
June 27, 2009
A new page has been added to view the Return of the Charterhouse on 23rd & 24th June 2009
June 23, 2009
At 13:00 hrs we started to lift the Marion out of the water
[12.5 tons -40-ft long]
Two members of the Charterhouse Returns committee travelled to Porth Penrhyn for the occasion. Mike Iles and Bob Wheatley with their wives.
View the photographs here:-
June 4, 2009
The return of the Charterhouse
is scheduled for 23rd June.
The lorry from Paul Morgan
will be picking up the 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!
Here are some general photographs.
The original wheel from the Charterhouse
Phil Rees, Bob Wheatley, Richard Davies, Neil Lomas and Steve Done [Phil Davies behind camera!]
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!]
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
Coxswain Paul Bultler
Dr. David Davies
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!
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.
The three generations.
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.