Tag Archives: Rhyl Lifeboat

Shipwrecks off Rhyl

Thoughts of my cousin Gerald’s service on the Lifeboat got me thinking about how treacherous the North Wales coast has been and why we have a lifeboat station in Rhyl.

Gerald, like many of the seagoing community of Rhyl knew the whereabouts of the most famous local wreck, The Resurgam, and from his fishing activities, was aware of the location of both ship and aircraft wreckage in the bay.

Colin Jones was one step ahead of me having already done some research…

Colin Jones BlogSpot Wrecks off Rhyl

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Burial at Sea: Rhyl Lifeboat honours Gerald Hughes

Good to see the blog of Colin Jones featuring my cousin Gerald’s burial at sea…

Farewell to Gerald Hughes


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The aftermath of the Hovercraft rescue….

Linked to the earlier post about the Hovercraft in Rhyl in 1962, this short film footage shows the repair efforts the day after the Hovercraft slipped her moorings in high seas and was rescued by the Rhyl lifeboat. Thanks to Graeme Rich for posting this…

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The end of the Rhyl hovercraft… RNLI rescue

The world’s first hovercraft service came to an ignominious end on the 17th September 1962. The hovercraft had completed its summer schedule and was tied up near the harbour, awaiting a tow back to its base in Liverpool for repairs and servicing.

She became adrift in high seas and the Rhyl Lifeboat was launched to rescue her. My cousin Gerald was involved in the rescue that night, helping to secure the hovercraft.

See more from the RNLI archive here


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The world’s first hovercraft service Rhyl to Wallesey!

Thanks to Rhyl historian Stuart Jones for bringing this little gem to my attention…

Among Rhyl’s many claims to fame is the fact that it is the site of the world’s first commercial hovercraft operation – Rhyl to Wallasey which was started in 1962.

The operation caused quite a stir, not least for the noise and sand kicked up by its operation! The service fell foul of the fact that not that many people wanted to travel between Rhyl and Wallasey so it became a novelty service rather than a valued transport connection.

The service was also plagued by technical problems with regular unservicability.

Although the service would probably have folded before too long, high seas and an adverse wind meant that the hovercraft drifted out to sea in a storm and had to be rescued by the Rhyl Lifeboat. Among the crew was my cousin, Gerald Hughes, read more about him in an earlier post.  The hovercraft was damaged beyond economic repair and thus ended the world’s first commercial hovercraft service.

See the video here

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