few hours later the German barque, Minna, struck an outlying
reef of rocks and broke in two. For the second time that day
the Burton-on-Trent was launched, and again the
rocket brigade set up their equipment. Neither were needed,
however, as local people helped the crew of eleven from the
barque at low water. The only casualty was the lifeboat, which
had a hole stove in her side whilst she was being launched.
storm continued unabated, and at 11.00 p.m. the brig, Luna,
which had lost her masts and anchors, was driven onto the rocks.
She drifted clear and was washed through Redcar pier. Heavy
seas made a clean sweep over her, and there seemed little hope
for her crew. The rocket brigade had used all their rockets
on previous wrecks, and both lifeboats were out of action. As
a last resort the Zetland was brought to the scene
and, despite her venerable age, was used to bring the seven
men crew of the Luna to safety.
was the last occasion on which the Zetland was
launched on a rescue mission. Over 500 lives had been brought
to safety in her stout hull during a period of 78 years. In
1907 the Zetland was moved into the Free Gardners
lifeboat house, the Free Gardners lifeboat having
been sold a few years previously.