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Looking back at Isle of Wight history

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:41

LOOKING BACK
EACH week we look back at Isle of Wight history and heritage, using the Isle of Wight County Press Archive.
For more, please see the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper, every Friday.Search for your own stories by accessing our archive here.

Ten years ago: Surrounded by sophisticated equipment, Ellen MacArthur had support from a more unusual source during her record-breaking voyage.
Among youngsters at Chillerton and Rookley Primary School celebrating her achievement was Adam Rann, eight, who throughout the 71-day challenge blew on a map charting her progress to give her a breezy boost.
Pupils in class 2 followed Ellen’s journey and kept up-to-date with news via her website and through a member of Offshore Challenges support team, Josie Robinson, daughter of class teacher Ellen Robinson.

100 Years Ago - February 13, 1915

A STRICKEN ship, which capsized and sank near the Bramble Bank in The Solent, was not refloated.
The Southampton ketch Triton, which was laden with coal bound for the Island, was an obstruction to navigation and was instead blown up with explosives to disperse it.

75 Years Ago - February 17, 1940

Just after the outbreak of the Second World War, Lady Rowbotham launched from J. S. White and Co. in Cowes, a destroyer bound for the Brazilian government.
The destroyer was taken over by the British government and named HMS Havelock.
Lady Rowbotham later presented gifts to the ship, including 12 tankards for the ward room and four wireless sets for the ship’s crew.


50 Years Ago - February 13, 1965

Two badly burned members of crew on board a ship were flown by helicopter to St Mary’s Hospital, following an engine fire.
The crew members were plucked from the 620-ton Irish coaster City of Waterford, six miles off St Catherine’s Point, after the ship reported the fire.
Other crew members were taken off by the Yarmouth lifeboat.
The ship was travelling from Antwerp to Ireland.


25 Years Ago - February 9, 1990

After a bid to have the Royal IW County Hospital, Ryde, registered as a listed building failed, the property was to be put up for sale.
A timetable for the planned closure of the hospital, as well as two others, emerged among details for the opening of the new St Mary’s low-energy hospital at Newport.


10 Years Ago - February 11, 2005

Millions watched as Cowes-based solo yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur became the fastest-ever person to sail non-stop around the world.
With TV news programmes extended to capture the excitement, Ellen, 28, crossed the finish line between the tip of Cornwall and Ushant, Brittany, at 10.29pm, to beat the existing solo sailing record by more than a day and eight hours.
Her 27,000-mile journey had taken 71 days, 14 hours and 18 minutes.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

 


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