100 Years Ago - October 4, 1913
THERE was a night attack exercise by 15 torpedo boats on the forts and batteries commanding The Needles passage.
During the exercise, two of the boats collided, leaving one so badly damaged it had to be towed back to Portsmouth Harbour. No one was injured.
A sleeping cow derailed a train as it was heading to Newport from Cowes.
The train, the largest and heaviest in service, was opposite the Saunders aviation hangars when the driver came across the heifer lying on the tracks.
He was unable to brake, his train hit the cow and was thrown off the line, where it rolled for 200 yards.
No passengers were injured but the cow was killed.
An alarming accident occurred during the arrival of the 4th Royal Fusiliers at Cowes.
After the troops arrived in steamers from Southampton and marched, led by a drum and fife band, through the town to Parkhurst Barracks, a pair of horses pulling a wagon containing the soldiers’ baggage was involved in an accident.
The horses got out of control, turned back down the High Street, turned to Town Quay and down the slipway, drawing the wagon into the water.
75 Years Ago - October 8, 1938
Two Borstal boys, who absconded from Camp Hill, were recaptured in Newport after committing thefts.
Having spent their liberty along the banks of the River Medina, the pair entered Seaclose Swimming Pool but found nothing worth taking.
They later stole a coat and a pair of gloves from a car and were found in a fishing boat, ravenously hungry and wearing the stolen items.
The owners of a cottage in Newport prevented their home being burnt down in a fire.
The blaze broke out in a child’s bedroom of the Scarrots Lane cottage just before midnight, after a candle set the mantelpiece on fire.
Mr and Mrs Butt rescued the child and tackled the fire, with help from their neighbour, Mr Hunnybun.
The air minister appealed for information concerning a Royal Air Force bomber, which had left Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for Southampton and was not heard from after a radio call at 1.32am.
A theory was the plane, which was carrying five passengers and flying in strong south-westerly winds and magnetic storm, had been over the Island after Mr Abell, of Church Road, Binstead, woke up at 3.50am by the noise of a machine overhead.
He watched the plane circle his house before flying slowly towards Sandown.
50 Years Ago - October 5, 1963
An Island youngster was granted a special flying award, which meant he could learn to fly for free.
The Air Ministry scheme enabled air-minded youths to learn to fly and the award was presented to a Carisbrooke Grammar School pupil, 17-year-old William Robert Bibby, of Johnson Road, Parkhurst.
Around 54,000 names were collected in support of saving the Island railways by the IW Railways Retention Association.
The campaign was endorsed by councils around the Island.
Bembridge coastguards were called to rescue a golden retriever puppy, which had fallen 50ft down the cliffs at Whitecliff Culver.
Mr R. Whittaker and Mr L. Rowe rescued the puppy using ropes and returned him to his holiday-maker owner.
25 Years Ago - October 7, 1988
An old fox gave the IW Foot Beagles a headache, their hounds a bruising, and the residents of St Lawrence a noisy awakening.
The fox, believed to be known as Old Red, led the hounds straight to the cliff edge, with a 100ft drop, above Seven Sisters Road.
It carried along an escape route on the cliff face, leaving beagles baying at the top and others tumbling down the shrub towards private gardens.
The noise brought residents out to see the old fox trotting away.
A £500,000 appeal to help rebuild Ventnor Pier, wrecked by fire three years previously, was due to be launched by Ventnor Town Trust, which had recently gained charity status.
The borough promised the trust £250,000 if they could raise the rest of the £750,000 required.
The trust planned all-weather up-market entertainment attractions on the pier, in the hope of attracting 300,000 visitors a year.
Two men, who saved a severely injured fisherman from drowning in Cowes harbour — after the small boat he and his family were on collided with a hydrofoil — were nominated for an award.
Peter Clements, 37, of Southampton, and David Mallet, 42, of Chichester, were recommended for the prestigious Silk Cut Nautical Award for "outstanding courage, seamanship and competence".
They saved the life of Ian Wheale, of Newport, who lost an arm and leg in the accident.
10 Years Ago - October 3, 2003
Major plans to develop Yarmouth Harbour, which included adding new berths, pontoon extensions, and 40 metres of walkways, were slammed by a boatyard owner.
Colin Campbell, of Harold Hayles Boatyard, branded the plans, unveiled in a public meeting, as unsafe, saying boat owners would be forced to turn in an inadequate area and this would be made more difficult by the tide.
It was estimated the development would cost £95,000 and would mean higher mooring charges.
Two men on a stag night were picked up in a rubber dinghy in the middle of the Medina.
A police unit spotted the inflatable near Cowes floating bridge, with two men slumped on board, paddling in different directions.
The men had travelled to the Island in a yacht for a stag do and had drunk 12 pints of lager, alcopops and spirits over 12 hours.