SHIPWRECKS & GROUNDINGS “Earl of Durham” Coastguards Narrow Escape Saltburn

Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 12/02/1881.

          A vessel reported to be ashore on Saltburn rocks, on Monday (07/02), proved to be the screw steamer “Earl of Durham., from Sunderland to London with coals. The Saltburn lifeboat, which had put off to her, remained by her to ascertain if she was disabled, but left her for a time to go in search of some coastguard men who in their small boat were the first to reach the steamer, and left to return to shore at dusk, just when the gale was at its height. When last seen from the lifeboat they seemed to be drifting out to sea, so it was determined to go in search of them, but seeing nothing they returned to the steamer, which had sustained serious damage. Trusting the boat had got under shelter of the cliffs and so landed, the long pull back to shore was commenced, on reaching which the lifeboatmen found out that the coastguard had landed round Huntcliff. The lifeboat had been afloat in most severe weather nearly five hours. 



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