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Recently during our little getaway to Devon on one of our trips out sightseeing and taking in the glorious scenery that is North Devon we happened upon these beautiful flowerbeds in the front approaches of the small museum in the village of Porlock.
Porlock is of course best known for the part it played in the story of the Lynmouth Lifeboat which (courtesy of Wikipedia) goes as follows:
At 7:52pm on 12 January 1899, a 1,900 ton three-masted ship Forrest Hall, carrying thirteen crew and five apprentices, was in trouble off Porlock Weir on the North Somerset coast to a severe gale which had been blowing all day. She had been under tow, but the tow rope had broken. She was dragging her anchor and had lost her steering gear. The ship’s destruction was probable. The alarm was raised for the Louisa, the Lynmouth lifeboat, to be launched to assist. However, due to the terrible weather, the launch was impossible. Jack Crocombe, the coxswain of Louisa proposed to take the boat by road to Porlock’s sheltered harbour — 13 miles (21 km) around the coast — and launch it from there.