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  • Remembering Rohilla

    On 30 October 1914, the hospital naval ship Rohilla struck Whitby rocks just 600m from shore.

    It took 3 days for crews from 6 lifeboats to rescue 145 people. But sadly, 84 lives were lost.

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    View of the wreck of HMHS Rohilla from Whitby’s shore with a lifeboat and volunteers at the ready
  • #Rohilla

    On Twitter we told the story of Rohilla through the eyes of Fred Reddiough, one of the 145 survivors.

    Using a letter Fred wrote, we shared his moving account of what happened 100 years ago.

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    Private Fred Reddiough, a St John Ambulance man who survived the Rohilla shipwreck in October 1914
  • A very special centenary

    Get involved in a special weekend of remembrance and celebration at Whitby.

    See original Rohilla artefacts at Whitby Museum and the lovingly restored William Riley, one of the six lifeboats involved in this incredible rescue.

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    Painting of the Rohilla rescue in October 1914 by artist Tim Thompson
  • Innovation that lives on

    It was Tynemouth's motorised lifeboat, Henry Vernon, that saved the remaining people onboard the wrecked Rohilla.

    And it was this RNLI innovation that transformed lifesaving at sea.

    Learn more in our film
    Tynemouth crew onboard the RNLI’s first motor lifeboat, Henry Vernon, which was instrumental in the Rohilla rescue
  • Step back in time

    Relive some of the heroic lifeboat rescues of WW1, including Rohilla, at our touring exhibition, Hope in the Great War.

    Communities have brought the rescue stories to life through art projects funded by Arts Council England.

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    First Cromer Sea Scouts at the opening of the RNLI Hope in the Great War exhibition
Remembering Rohilla
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Newquay and Padstow RNLI volunteers assist in the rescue of three casualties from Mawgan Porth

27 October 2014

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The Big Christmas Rescue

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Shorething! for 7–14 year olds

The place to go for activities, games and our Storm Force club for young people.

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