Category Archives: History

The Rohilla rescue, October 1914

Naval hospital ship HMHS Rohilla was travelling to Dunkirk during October 1914 to collect wounded soldiers when she struck rocks at Whitby.

For three days the brave lifeboat crews and the people of Whitby and surrounding communities battled extreme conditions to reach the ship and rescue the passengers. Some 84 people lost their lives, but 145 were saved.

PLA Thames Pilots at Work

Film footage showing a passenger ship Tilbury Landing Stage, and a PLA pilot boarding sugar ship bound for Thames Refinery. The Liquid Highway spotted this one…

So what year would this be? I’d guess it was some time in the 1960s, judging by the fashions. There’s a short segment featuring a sailing barge – which is it barge folks?

Oh, and there’s this from 1963. ‘A boatman makes his way up Wapping old stairs for a quick one in the Town of Wapping pub.’

Humber Highway, 1956

Humber Highway

This documentary film by Betty and Cyril Ramsden chronicles the places, activities, and life around the Humber estuary of the mid-1950s, including Spurn Point, Paull, and the docks at Hull.

There are some lengthy titles that explain some of the important facts about the areas in which they filmed.

My thanks to Chris Brady for spotting this one.