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William Greenwood Parkinson: Fisherman and Lifeboatman

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When: 1902 [uncertain].

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posted by Maggie N.
Congrats to the winner of the Family History Photo of the Week for the fourth week of April 2013! Thanks for voting everyone!
posted by Elyse Doerflinger
William Greenwood Parkinson was a fisherman and lifeboatman from Lytham. He was a crew member of the Lytham lifeboat "Charles Biggs" the night of the great lifeboat disaster on 9th December 1886, along with two of his brothers and one of his nephews. The Lytham lifeboat rescued the 12 sailors from the stricken barque "The Mexico", but the lifeboats from St. Annes and Southport capsized drowning 27 lifeboatmen, including William's 22 year old nephew Nicholas Parkinson. William was 33 years old at the time of the disaster. He later became coxwain of the Lytham lifeboat on 28th August 1902 until the 18th May 1916 when his nephew John William Parkinson took over. William served as a lifeboatman for a total of 47 years.
posted by Karen Shipley
Coxswain of the Lytham lifeboat 1902-1916
posted by Barry Cartmell