A CEREMONY to commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of Scarborough’s most famous shipwrecks will take place at the beginning of next month.
And the news comes just days after the remains of the Coupland were partly exposed from beneath the sands of the town’s South Bay where she still lies.
The South Shields schooner was trying to enter the port in November 1861 when her sails were disabled and she was forced onto rocks.
Five volunteers died during the rescue attempt – including the great grandfather of John Beauclerk who will travel to Scarborough to lay a wreath to all five men in remembrance of the anniversary.
He said he felt it was important to remember their sacrifice and said Lord Charles Beauclerk was still buried in Manor Road and Dean Road Cemetery. He added: “He heard the rockets go up and he saw the Coupland. He ran down to volunteer but by the time he’d got there the Coupland had struck the lifeboat.
“He ran with lines into the water to try to rescue the lifeboatmen. They were unlucky because all five were overwhelmed by a huge wave.”
He added that Lord Charles was caught between the lifeboat and the pier and, concussed, was pulled from the water and later died at the Spa from his injuries.
Rocket lines later saved all six members of the Coupland’s crew.
Lord Charles joined the army and served with the Hussars and the Northumberland Light Infantry. He saw action in Canada, Ireland and during the Crimean War – he took part in the Siege of Sebastopol. He was hoping to patent a marine propulsion system before he died.