News : Mexico Disaster Remembrance Night
On 10th December, eight volunteer crew members attended the Mexico Disaster Remembrance Night held at the Fisherman’s Rest pub, Weld Road, Birkdale, to commemorate the 124th Anniversary of what is still to this day, the worst ever lifeboat tragedy.
On December 9th 1886, 27 men from Lancashire lost their lives in hurricane conditions on a cold December evening to rescue the 12 crew trapped aboard German Ship, the Mexico.
Crews from Southport, Lytham and St Anne’s fought in hurricane conditions on a cold December evening to rescue the 12 crew trapped aboard German Ship, the Mexico.
Although the Lytham crew saved the lives of those onboard the stricken vessel, all 15 of the St Annes Lifeboat crew, and 12 of the 14 from the Southport Lifeboat perished, leaving behind 16 widows and 50 fatherless children.
The bodies of the deceased were laid at the coach house of the Palace Hotel, which was used as a temporary mortuary for the bodies following the tragedy. The coach house is now the Fisherman’s Rest, named in memory of the lost lifeboat men.
Every year the Landlord of the Fisherman’s Rest reads out an ode to the lost lives and conducts a one-minute silence in recognition of their sacrifice.
This year in association with the Remembrance Night, the pub held a Quiz Night and all proceeds were donated to Southport Lifeboat. As a way of thanks for all the support that the pub staff and regulars have given, the Landlord, Ed Loftus, was presented at the end of the night with a framed photograph of the current Southport Lifeboat “Heather White”.