HMHS Rohilla Centenary Plaque


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Reference WMO235753

Address:

West Pier

Whitby

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: 100 years ago the wreck of the Rohilla sparked one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast.A First World War hospital ship, she was on her way to Dunkirk to pick up wounded soldiers when she ran aground during atrocious weather to the east of Whitby on October 30, 1914. She was only some 600m offshore but conditions were appalling and six lifeboats were involved in the heroic three-day rescue operation, with their crews battling colossal seas. Although 85 of the 229 souls stranded on the stricken ship lost their lives, the remainder were saved by the efforts of those involved in the marathon rescue, one of the toughest in the RNLI’s illustrious history. To mark the centenary a specially commissioned plaque, provided and funded by Whitby Civic Society, will be unveiled by The Most Hon. The Marquis of Normanby on Saturday 1st November 2014 on West Pier, facing the site of the wreck.
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