Fishguard Market

October 6, 2009

Phil and grandson Daniel, selling caps, sweatshirts, poloshirts and books at Fishguard Market.

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My visit to the Hermina Wreck

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 [1920].

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/

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Engine 3

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My trip on the Blue Peter Lifeboat

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!

Thank you.

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.

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Old Carthusians Visit Charterhouse

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!

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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


Videos Available – Marian’s Last Trip

September 13, 2009

We have now uploaded videos filmed during the last trip of the Marian prior to being transported (by road) to Goodwick.

The videos are available on our YouTube channel and are also embedded here.


Charterhouse moved to her permanent berth

July 31, 2009

Charterhouse was towed [by tractor] to her permanent berth next to the RNLI Fishguard Station on Thursday by Mike Iles and  Chris Williams of  Goodwick Marine http://www.goodwickmarine.co.uk/ and Phil Rees and myself. All four are members of the Charterhouse Returns Committee.

It is here that she will remain for restoration [with STENA’s compliments].
The position is 100 feet from her original [1909] lifeboat station and slipway. The harbour was extended in the intervening 100 years as a result the original slipway would be 100 feet from the sea.

All passengers on the Rosslare Ferry will be able to view it as they dock at Fishguard from the afterdeck of the ferry  or when leaving for Rosslare.

Charterhouse is so large that it can be seen from the Marine Walk at Fishguard!

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Phil Rees on board the Charterhouse with Needle Rock astern.
[Phil Rees in the cockpit gives an idea of the size of Charterhouse]

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Looking at the store-shed – on the position of the 1909 Lifeboat Station.

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The Fishguard Lifeboat Station with the Blue Peter Lifeboat and Charterhouse.

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The Rosslare Ferry gives a good view of the Charterhouse from the afterdeck.

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The Charterhouse and Fishguard Lifeboat Station alongside the quay and visiting craft.


Film Crew at the Chartehouse Berth

July 5, 2009

On Friday morning a film crew arrived to film Rhian Peters for the welsh programme ‘Wedi Saith’ to be screened on Thursday 16th July at 19:00hrs.


They also visited Mair Hermina Havard [nee Morgan].

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Photo by Johnny Morris.

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Photos by Phil Davies