On the 18th November 1881 the Brig "Visitor" ran ashore at Robin Hood's Bay. No local boat could be launched on account of the violence of the storm, so the Whitby lifeboat was brought overland past this point - a distance of 6 miles - through snowdrifts 7 feet deep on a road rising to 500 feet, with 200 men clearing the way ahead and with 18 horses heaving at the tow lines, whilst men worked uphill towards them from the Bay. The lifeboat was launched two hours after leaving Whitby and at the second attempt the crew of the Visitor were saved.
So that future generations may remember the bravery of Coxswait Henry Freeman, and the lifeboatmen, and the dogged determination of the people of Whitby, Hawsker and Robin Hood's Bay, who overcame such difficulties, this memorial was erected in 1981.
Plaque Colour: White
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Location: New Road
District Council: Scarborough Borough Council
District Council Ward: Fylingdales
County Council: North Yorkshire County Council
County Council Electoral Division: Scalby and The Coast
UK Parliament Constituency: Scarborough and Whitby