A commemoration ceremony was held Monday to mark 40 years since the loss of the Solomon Browne and her crew.
A flotilla of boats, led by Penlee RNLI, gathered off the former Penlee Lifeboat Station at Penlee Point to lay wreaths in memory of the 16 lives lost on December 19, 1981.
Patch Harvey, coxswain of the Penlee RNLI lifeboat, said: “It has been a true honor to lead the flotilla of past and present lifeboats, and other vessels from Newlyn Harbor to the former Penlee Point Lifeboat Station. , and it’s great to see so much on the water to help us commemorate and mark the 40th anniversary of the loss of the Solomon Browne and her crew and the Union Star coaster.
“We were joined by our colleagues from Sennen Cove and The Lizard, who had also gone out that night 40 years ago and five old lifeboats, including two Tyne-class and three Watson-class, the same class of lifeboat than the Solomon Browne.
A flotilla of boats, led by Penlee RNLI gathered off the former Penlee Lifeboat Station at Penlee Point on Monday August 30. Photo: Phil Monckton
“It was quite a sight to see all the lifeboats all together dressed up with their flags and a very emotional and humbling day.”
Janet Madron, president of lifeboat management and Andrew Munson, director of lifeboat operations, lay the wreath together from the Penlee all-weather lifeboat after the names of those lost in 1981 were been read on the slipway of the old rescue station.
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The ceremony took place at the end of the resort’s first open day since the pandemic.
The event took place outdoors, with visitors able to board the current Penlee all-weather lifeboat, see old lifeboats up close, and tour the old Penlee boathouse.
Patch said: “We had a constant flow of visitors, and it was really nice seeing people again, chatting and welcoming the supporters and our community to the station.
The crew takes a minute’s silence Photo: Penlee RNLI
“The team and our fundraising volunteers all worked extremely hard on the day and upstream to organize the event.
“Their hard work certainly paid off.
“A huge thank you to all the bakers who generously donated cakes and treats and to all who donated that day.”
Reverend Yvonne Hobson led the annual Lifeboat Blessing in Newlyn Harbor, which closed the day.
The Mousehole Male Voice Choir leads the vocals.