Rye Harbour remembers


Crew members of Rye Harbour Lifeboat took part in a special ceremony to honour and remember the crew of the Mary Stanford.

All 17 crew members of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat lost their lives when the boat capsized in heavy seas off Rye on November 15 1928 while answering a distress call.

They were all Harbour men and included fathers and sons and brothers. It remains the worst disaster in the history of the RNLI.

The Mary Stanford had launched just after 4am in 80mph winds to go to the aid of a small Latvian steamer Alice of Riga which was in collision with a larger German Vessel.

A service of remembrance takes place at Rye Harbour Church every year It was followed by wreath laying at the Mary Stanford Memorial in the church-yard and a rose was placed on the memorial stone of each crew-member.

Rye Mayor Bernardine Fiddimore attended the service and ceremony and laid a wreath.