COXSWAIN JACK CROCOMBE & LOUISA
(The Story Behind "Louisa: An Amazing Adventure")
Jack Crocombe (1854-1933) and his wife, Elizabeth, had five children, including May. They lived in a Victorian style, stone house at 1 Tors Road, Lynmouth, which was on the bank of the East Lyn River. He became Coxswain of the RNLI Louisa lifeboat when she came into service in 1887. He retired in 1926.
Lynmouth is an isolated fishing village on North Devon's rugged Exmoor coastline. In the late 1800s/early 1900s tourists were attracted to Lynton & Lynmouth's Valley of the Rocks, Cliff Railway and the unique Rhenish Tower, which guided ships into the harbour from the Bristol Channel.
Louisa was rarely called into action, but on a very stormy night on the 12th January, 1899, Lynmouth's postmaster received a telegram from Porlock, requesting help for a ship in distress. Unable to launch safely, and with the telegraph wires down, Jack announced, "We'll launch from Porlock!"......
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