The Salcombe Disaster: 100 years on

The town of Salcombe is holding a memorial service for a crew who lost their lives in one of the worst tragedies in the RNLI's history.

Thirteen people on board the William and Emma drowned while going to the aid of another vessel.

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How can I commemorate the Salcombe Disaster?

The volunteer team at Salcombe RNLI lifeboat station will be holding a service to mark the centenary of the 1916 lifeboat disaster.

Here's what you need to know if you want to take part:

Service of Commemoration

A Service of Commemoration will take place at Salcombe Holy Trinity Church led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Nick McKinnel.

During the service, between 10.30am and 10.40am (the time the lifeboat capsized in 1916) a maroon will be fired to mark the beginning and end of a one minute silence.

The Bishop of Plymouth will also dedicate a plaque in the church as a permanent memorial to those who perished in the disaster.

Wreath laying ceremony

A wreath laying ceremony will take place from aboard the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III on the Salcombe Bar.

A small arms detachment from the Britannia Royal Naval College will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid. They will fire from a position in the gardens of The Bolt at South Sands.

A Maritime and Coast Guard Agency rescue helicopter will join all participating lifeboats as they proceed up the harbour to Whitestrand with a lone piper aboard Salcombe’s all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III.

We have been very committed to marking this momentous anniversary appropriately and ensuring we pay our respects to the brave 13 crew who paid the ultimate sacrifice when trying to help others at sea.

We hope many people in the community will turn out mark the occasion and pay their respects to these brave lifeboatmen.

– Simon Evans, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager

A warning that traffic may be very busy in the town owing to half term and the memorial event.

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