Friday 31st. October
Having set sail on Thursday October 29th 1914 from Queensferry, with 234 people on board the Rohilla faced steadily worsening weather. Just after 4 00 a.m. on the Friday morning the ship ran aground on rocks off Saltwick Nab.
Friday 31st 2014, sees the start of events which we hope will allow us to mark was undoubtedly Whitby's greatest maritime disaster.
Programme of Events
Nathan Palmer, the RNLI’s Interim Head of Engagement, will undertake the official opening of the weekend’s activities at the Lifeboat Museum.
A superb collection of Rohilla artefacts and memorabilia will then be on show daily in the Lifeboat Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Over the weekend
The William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington built in 1909, served at Upgang (Whitby) Lifeboat Station from 1909 – 1919 and was then transferred to the Main Whitby Lifeboat Station where she stayed on service until 1931. She did of course play a very important part in the Rohilla rescue.
This remarkable lifeboat, launched well over 30 times, is now fully restored to her former glory, she will be on static display at the Bandstand periodically throughout the weekend.
A memorial and many of the graves exist at Whitby Cemetery should family members wish to visit and pay respects to those who so tragically lost their lives in 1914.
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