Plate taken from Illustrated London News (Vol 64/2 p 480). The Glascow-to-London pasenger steamer s 'Stanley' hit the Black Midden Rocks in Tynemouth on November 24th 1864, colliding with a small scooner, 'Friendship'. Rescue attempts were frustrated by the storm, one of the lifeboats being caught in the wreck of the 'Stanley', killing 2 of its crew as well as the 6 men aboad 'Friendship' and several pasengers of the steam ship who died. Those on the shore, shown here trying to salvage parts of the cargo that has been washed ashore, were unable to help in the rescue, but the event inspired the foundation of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigrade.
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