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Produced for a centenary exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery Whitby to remember the Great War (WW1). It tells of a true story.
“The only lifeboats in our area are rowing boats,” cried the coast guard. “And all five are now at sea or smashed on the rocks!”
In 1914 the hospital ship Rohilla ran aground off Whitby with 229 people on board, including doctors and nurses. During the afternoon of the second day the Scarborough Lifeboat was called into service. Another rowing boat, It was towed in stormy seas along the North East coast by steam trawler however by the time they reach the wreck it was too dark and dangerous to carry out any rescue of the surviving crew. The lifeboat with its crew and the trawler stayed tethered to each other throughout the night, hoping the storm would calm. It never did however a steam lifeboat from North Shields arrived on the third day having taken two days to travel from near Newcastle, she managed to save the last few survivors. The Scarborough Lifeboat arrived back to a crowd of cheering people and the local newspapers prising the valiant effort saying “it was better to have tried than never tried at all”.

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Acrylic on Italian linen Canvas

Plight of Scarbrouogh Lifeboat (2014)


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Philip Boville

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