On the 17th. March 1969 the lifeboat 'T.G.B.' capsized while on service to the Liberian vessel 'Irene' and her entire crew of eight lost their lives.

 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at the unveiling of the memorial

Gathering of the crews

The Memorial

Kirkhope cemetery

Letters of condolence, poems and donations to the bereaved families were sent to the people of Longhope from all over the country. Here is one of those poems.