Tyne and Wear HER(13356): Tynemouth, Black Middens, Ardwell - Details
Tynemouth, Black Middens, Ardwell
On 24 November 1864 the English Brig 'Ardwell' was forced onto the Black Middens after being badly damaged when grounding on the Herd Sand while inbound to the Tyne to seek shelter from a storm. The local lifeboat (Constance) could not reach the ship due to the high seas. After this event the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (HER 2214) was formed, the oldest organisation of its kind in the world. She was lost in the same storm as the FRIENDSHIP (1364859), the STANLEY (HER 12972) and the ESCORT (1548412).
North Tyneside Council and Nexus, North Shields Heritage Trail, board 11 'Black Middens'; Boswell Whitaker 1979 Preservation of life from shipwreck, volume 1 : Skuetender lifeboat Page(s)102-4; Boswell Whitaker 1980 Preservation of life from shipwreck, volume 2 : South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Page(s)28; Newcastle Courant 02-DEC-1864, No.9,910; National Monument Record (1364863)