The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No9

September 2004
Vol. 2 - No.9.

Howth Station 1905

Howth 'Old' Station

Custom House altered to accommodate Coastguards and families.

The old Custom house was altered in 1864 to accommodate 4 men. The old Custom house gives 1 sitting room, 3 bedrooms and a kitchen for each of the four men.

New Coastguard Station.

The new cottages for 6 men erected by the Dublin Board of Works in 1865.

The 6 new cottages have 5 rooms and watch-tower. Station has been demolished.

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  • 4 New C.G. Letters
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  • 7 New Crosshaven CG Station Photos, courtesy of V. Farr, Serving Area Officer, IRCG

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AWARD R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal.

1919 Bronze Medal awarded to Petty Officer Charles Slater. HM Coastguard, and Patrick Rickard, for their endeavours to save the life of a soldier who fell over a cliff at Howth on 18th.May 1919. Petty Officer Slater, Mr. Rickard and two others launched a motor-boat in a strong south-east gale and rough seas and when they arrived on scene Petty Officer Slater jumped overboard and swam to the rocks but found the soldier had been killed. Mr. Rickard also entered the water and together they recovered the body.

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Dear Friend,

Welcome to the September edition of "The Coastguard Cutter".

A Link with the Past.

Medal Presentation at Howth.

A few weeks ago, medals belonging to a former Coastguard officer, dating from the 19th.century were handed over to the current Irish CoastGuard at their new station at Howth Harbour. They belonged to Thomas Woodley, who served as Chief Officer for 12 years until he retired in 1893. His granddaughter Monica Daly was given the medals by her father and she decided to return the medals to the present Irish Coast Guard. One of the medals wasawarded for bravery, and thanks to research by Dr. Roger Willoughby, a notedmedal collector, we will shortly post medal details on the site.


New Irish Coast Guard Station at Howth

Photo of presentation .Captain Liam Kirwan, Director Irish Coast Guard, Norman Fuller, Manager of the Irish Coast Guard and Monica Daly.

Photo of Rescue Exercise. (Photos by Colin Murray, Deputy Area Officer,Howth)

Dublin Morning Post 1829

Yesterday about half past 3 o'clock pm. A small schooner, apparently bound for Dublin and about 2 miles off Howth was overtaken by a sudden squall, and almost instantly capsized, and all hands perished. Mr. George O'Neill, Chief Boatmaster in charge of the Coastguards, whose exertions merit the greatest praise, happened to be at the old Light-house, and seeing the vessel struck by the squall, he borrowed a horse from a gentleman, one of a party who dined there, and in an incredibly short time was round from Howth with the life-boat. The poor fishermen at the latter place with praiseworthy alacrity, rendered all the assistance in their power, literally carrying the boat, it being then low water to launch her. We regret however to add, being unable to reach the fatal spot in time to afford the least assistance; the vessel and all on board having previously disappeared. (1)

Royal National Lifeboat Institute Medal. (Victoria issue in silver.)

1897. THOMAS RICKARD, H.M. Coastguard. Crew member of Hooker 'Storm King' off Nose of Howth, Co.Dublin. 11th. May 1897.

Serious Sailing Accident off Howth. A Narrow Escape of Ringsend Fishermen.

Exciting Scene

Last evening in a strong northerly breeze, the trawler 'Gipsy', 5 tons of Ringsend, when making for Howth Harbour, sprang a leak and began to fill in Balscadden Bay, about a mile from the shore. Her crew consisting of two old Ringsend fishermen named Rowden and Edwards, showed signals of distress and the lugger 'Stormking' of Howth bore down on her and threw a line aboard for the purpose of towing her in. They had scarcely done so when the 'Gipsy' commenced to sink, and the crew of the 'Stormking' launched her small boat in charge of two men named George Caulfield and Tom Rickard, but just as they got alongside, the 'Gipsy' mainsail swung over on top of them capsizing their boat as the 'Gipsy' sank in deep water. All four men were now struggling in the water and fortunately another lugger the 'Mermaid' came on the scene and lowering her boat picked up the four men in a very exhausted condition. On being brought ashore they were carried into the East Pier Light-house and attended to by Dr. Myles of Howth. Subsequently Mr. Costello had the men conveyed to his hotel where every possible comfort was administered, and all are considered now out of danger.

The 'Gipsy' is totally lost and also the 'Stormkings' boat, the latter drifting onto the cliff rocks. (2)


1903. F.C. LATTIMER COASTGUARD. On the 2nd June 1903 John Seymour accidentally slipped into the sea from the East Pier at Howth, Co. Dublin. Lattimer at great risk jumped in and supported him for 10 minutes when a rope was got and they were drawn up.

Gallant Rescue from Drowning at Howth.

Yesterday afternoon while a party of English tourists were on the East Pier, Howth, one of them a Mr. Seymour, who is an employee of the L. and N.W. Railway at Wolverhampton, ventured down the steps at the back of the pier, and losing his foothold rolled into the sea. The waves were breaking heavily and a strong ebb running at the time, and Mr. Seymour could neither swim or assist himself in any way. He was fortunately observed by Coastguardsman Frank Lattimer of the Howth Coastguard from the stairs of the Light-house and without divesting himself of any clothes plunged into the water. Lattimer was twice dashed against the rocks before he could grip the drowning man, but with great pluck and nerve he succeeded in keeping Mr. Seymour up, while the breakers buffeted them about badly. The Light-house keeper Mr. Gillespie, and others then threw a life-buoy with a rope attached, which Mr. Lattimer caught, and with difficulty both men were hauled up on the pier. Mr. Seymour was brought into the Light-house in an exhausted state, where he had clothes and refreshments supplied and every assistance given by the family of the Light-house keeper.

References :
  1. The Times 2nd.October 1829.
  2. Reference; Freemans Journal 2nd.May 1897.
  3. Reference; The Freemans Journal 3rd.June 1903. p.2.

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