1886: The Coastguard Accident at Warbarrow

Mr. J.E. Robens, of Weymouth, appeals for help for the widows and children of the coastguardsmen who lost their lives in Warbarrow Bay on the 19th ult.

The Warbarrow Coastguard boat left that station for exercise in the bay at noon. On completing their exercises the men went into Lulworth Cove, in order to land and get provision for their families. About 5.30 they left for their home at Warbarrow, but just before reaching their station they were caught in a heavy thunder squall. The boat was struck first on her port side, and capsized. There were four men in her, three of whom were drowned. The man at the bow was partly clear of the boat when she went over, and his cork jacket kept him afloat till he got hold of an oar, and part of a life-belt beside, and tried to swim for the shore. He was picked up in an unconscious state, but through the aid of Dr. Blakeston, he revived. His name is William Pearce.

The bodies of William Marshall and James Sullivan having become disengaged from the boat were picked up some time after by a Warbarrow fishing boat, but the body of Mr. E. Newberry, the chief boatman in charge, has not yet been recovered.

By this lamentable event three wives were left widows and fifteen children fatherless. Mr. Newberry leaves a widow and three children; William Marshall a widow and seven children; James Sullivan a widow and five children. All the men bore excellent characters for sobriety and seamanship. Mr. Newberry had been twenty-four years on the Lulworth and Warbarrow stations. These widows and children are truly objects worthy of sympathy and help. The Inspecting Commander has shown them much kindness in their distress.

The Mayor of Weymouth, Sir R. N. Howard, has consented, in conjunction with Mr. Robens, to receive any contributions sent for their relief.

Published by Bridport News, 2 July 1886