Philip Davies: July 1943 – August 2010

January 14, 2012

Mr Philip Davies, passed away in August 2010 due to the effects of Motor Neurone Disease which he had been diagnosed with during the previous year.

Phil had devoted his time and energy to researching the Charterhouse and working for its return to Fishguard and Goodwick.  Phil created this blog and the CharterhouseReturns.com website to detail the history of the boat and to act as a record of its return.  He thoroughly enjoyed this activity and fortunately lived to proudly see the Charterhouse return ‘home’ to  Fishguard harbour.

Working with like-minded members of Fishguard and Goodwick, a committee was formed to bring the Charterhouse home and to ensure its restoration.  The committee continue their hard work on the restoration project: keep track of this over at www.CharterhouseReturns.co.uk (please support them if you can with your time or sponsorship!).

CharterhouseReturns.com, and this blog, shall remain online  as a record of the Charterhouse, its history and its eventual return to Fishguard and Goodwick.

This entry posted by David Davies, son of Mr Philip Davies.
(January 2012)

Philip Davies (right) at the wheel of the Charterhouse with the then owner Mr Lomas.

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Neil and Anne Lomas visit Fishguard

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!

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Photo by Johnny Morris

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Photo by Johnny Morris

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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.


Return Photographs Added

June 28, 2009

Larger size photographs of the Charterhouse’s return have been added to the main website.

Please       click this link to view.


Marian’s Last Trip

June 23, 2009

On Tuesday 23rd June 2009 the Lomas Family[Neil, Anne and Judith] took the ‘Marian’ to sea for the last trip.

I was extremely honoured to share this moment with them.

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View the photographs here:-

https://charterhousereturns.wordpress.com/the-return/


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!


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!]