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Awa Maru

Awa Maru

The Redcar lifeboat was called out to the Awa Maru on 27 December 1906, and was credited with saving 29 lives. The rescue is recorded on the honours board at the top of the stairs of the lifeboat station.

Fred Brunskill tells us: ”As was normal procedure in those days, many of the local fishermen would go off and contact the master to help with getting the ships afloat again. Many did and on this occasion the master gave a couple of framed Japanese prints in appreciation. They are still on show at the Zetland Lifeboat Museum.”

Thanks to Redcar Lifeboat Station for the updates and also to Fred for the additional information.

 

 

5 comments to Awa Maru

  • Derick Pearson

    It reads…… Redcar Awa Maru. Came Ashore December 27th 08. (1908)She had a crew of 120 according to the image I have of her. The original press photo of her was taken by Shatler Photos.

  • Derick Pearson

    I have other photos of the Awa Maru aground at Redcar and some show her in a different position and some have dates of 1906 and others with 1914, so either she was very unlucky at Redcar or people put the wrong dates on the photos.

  • Jean Hutchinson

    I am not sure of name ====Maru went ashore off Redcar in the winter of 1914 as my Great Grandfather a Mr Stonehouse was one of the lifeboatmen that went to the rescue. My great grandfather missed his daughters wedding (my grandparents) the family thought most of therescuers had also lost. I have been told that Redcar Museum had a section on this a few years ago

  • As was normal procedure in those days, many of the local fishermen would go off and contact the master to help with getting the ships afloat again. Many did and on this occasion the master gave a couple of framed Japanese prints in appreciation. They are still on show at the Zetland Lifeboat Museum.

  • Brian Holt

    Are there possibly two boats here credited with the same name?

    The photo below (note it’s captioned AVA MARU not AWA MARU) seems subtly different and is certainly aground on rocks whereas the boat appears to be on sand in this image.

    Just a thought.

    My japanese grandfather arrived in Middlesbrough on one of these Maru boats although later, in the early ’20s.

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