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Crew of Penlee Lifeboat disaster commemorated on train

Crew of Penlee Lifeboat disaster commemorated on train

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 13th April 2019.

The crew of the Penlee Lifeboat disaster are being commemorated on a Great Western Railway train.

On 19th December 1981 the Penlee Lifeboat was launched following a distress call from the cargo ship MV Union Star.

The Solomon Browne battled 100mph winds and 60ft high waves, but never made it home.

Both vessels were lost at sea along with all eight crew of the lifeboat and eight crew and passengers from the Union Star.

The tragedy left 12 children in the village without their dads, just days before Christmas.

"It is an honour for the families of the lifeboat crew who perished that night to see the name of their lifeboat traveling the length and breadth of the Great Western network for all to see.

"As a station and as a close community, the crew are never far from our thoughts and we are looking forward to a day in which we can gather together to remember and celebrate their courage and commitment."

Patrick Harvey, currently Penlee RNLI Coxswain

The Intercity Express naming will take place in front of thousands of visitors at the Long Rock train depot open day in Penzance on Saturday 13th April.

Family members of the lost crew will be present alongside RNLI volunteers who operate the current Penlee lifeboat, The Ivan Ellen.

"The loss of the Solomon Browne is still felt here in Cornwall and we are honoured to be able to remember them in this way.

"The railway is such an important part of the community and this is a fitting tribute to those who played such a vital role."

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood

GWR's 100 Great Westerners were nominated by the public through the region's media and are a mixture of well-known and less celebrated figures who have made a significant contribution to the West Country.

The first 50 of GWR's new Intercity Express Trains will bear their names. The first train was named by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2017.

The Long Rock Open Day will provide visitors with a unique chance to see this modern depot which services the world famous GWR Night Riviera train.

On display will be a special collection of locomotives which celebrate Cornwall's railways. All proceeds from the day will go to the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat station, in nearby Newlyn.

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