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Eliza Adams 125th Anniversary 29 October 2005

The tragic capsize of the Wells Lifeboat Eliza Adams in 1880 was marked 125 years on with a day of commemoration attended by current crew and station personnel and invited guests including families and descendents of the lifeboat's crew and the crews of the two vessels that the lifeboat launched to rescue, along with representatives from other lifeboat stations and members of the public.

At 15:30, after a reading and bagpipe lament, two maroons were fired and both Wells lifeboats launched to a short service at sea near the spot where the Eliza Adams capsized. The service was relayed by radio to guests and public at the boathouse and members of the current crew cast a rose for each of the eleven crewmen lost. After a flypast by an RAF search and rescue Sea King helicopter, the boats ran up to Wells quay and crew and guests attended a service at the recently restored memorial to the disaster.

In the evening, members of the Granary Players, joined by lifeboat crew and a local coastguard, re-enacted the inquest into the disaster, in a marquee on the Buttlands.

The loss of the Eliza Adams

Timetable for anniversary day

Commorative booklet

Descendents and families
Descendents and families

Descendents and crew
Descendents and crew

Reading from the boat
Reading from the boat

Launching
Launching

Underway
Underway

At the site
At the site

Service at sea
Service at sea

Overflown
Overflown

Roses cast
Roses cast

Flypast
Flypast

Flypast 2
Flypast 2

Return to the quay
Return to the quay

Berthing
Berthing

Tied up
Tied up

Memorial service
Memorial service

Reading by Coxswain
Reading by Coxswain

Inquest Re-enactment
Inquest Re-enactment

Restored memorial
Restored memorial