Coastguards and civilians of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey
Commemorative postcard, Heroes All! Five brave coastguards and two civilians of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, who rescued 20 members of the 2nd Walworth Boy Scouts Troop who got into difficulties when their training vessel, a 32 foot ex-naval cutter, was hit by a sudden squall and capsized. Sadly, nine Sea Scouts died. There were 23 Sea Scouts, the Scout Master and five helpers on board. The tragedy was widely reported in newspapers at the time. A Memorial was erected in 1914 in Nunhead Cemetery.
4 August 1912
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The Royal George, (1931). Artist: Charles Henry Bourne Quennell
The Royal George, (1931). HMS Royal George, launched in1756, was a 100-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy. The largest warship in the world at the time, she saw service during the Seven Years War and was the flagship at the Battle of Quiberon Bay. She sank while undergoing routine maintenance at Portsmouth in August 1782. She was heavily overloaded, with an estimated 200-300 relatives visiting the officers and men. She took on water as the cargo shifted, resulting in the loss of more than 800 lives. Illustration from A History of Everyday Things in England - Done in two parts of which this is the second - 1500-1799, by Marjorie and C. D. B. Quennell. [B. T. Batsford, London, 1931]
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