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                               Charles Henry Ashley


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LAST UPDATED 16th May, 2014



         The village of Cemaes Bay is proud to be the caretaker of the Charles Henry Ashley, a 38ft Watson designed lifeboat built in 1907 and stationed at the nearby ‘Porth yr Ogof’  lifeboat station by Wylfa Head until she was taken out of service in 1932.   After several years in private ownership, she was re-launched after total renovation in April 2009.  She is now a major attraction to visitors at her mooring in the harbour during the summer   months.


         A team of dedicated local enthusiasts now maintain and sail the vessel.  Membership of the Cemaes Boat Club is open to those who wish to share the enjoyment of this historic lifeboat.  For further information, contact the Club Membership Secretary (Mike Thompson) on 01407 710552.   On designated sailing days, visitors can, by taking up temporary membership, qualify to join the crew for a sail or row in Cemaes Bay.   She is also available for sail/rowing training and as a film and advertising set.  Contact the Boat Club Secretary      (Keith Downs) on 01407 710333 for details.  (Please be aware that availability is totally

weather dependent and the Coxswain of the day makes the final decisions)  

    

         The boat is not fitted with an engine, so faithfully reproduces the authentic practice of the early 20th century, being propelled from the harbour under oars and then hoisting her sails in open water.   She is rigged with a jib, a dipping lug mainsail, and a dipping lugsail on the mizzen mast.  These days, this is an unusual rig which can prove to be difficult to master.      However, she may be old, but in a breeze of wind she slips along at a very respectable speed and provides a rewarding sailing experience as can be appreciated in the video clip below.  There is always a core crew of trained sailors, with safety as their prime consideration, so novices are welcome.

CEMAES BAY


Cemaes Harbour, home to the restored Cemaes lifeboat, Charles Henry Ashley

OUR NEW BI-LINGUAL TRIFOLD INFORMATION LEAFLET.

It has now been printed and is being distributed to tourist information centres throughout Anglesey.

If you feel that you can distribute too, please contact our vice chairman or secretary to arrange a supply

  THE DIGITAL FILES OF THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE NOW BEEN DONATED TO THE CEMAES BOAT CLUB.

Copies are available at various sizes and as a framed item would look well on any wall.  Contact our secretary or Mac Ozanne..... (See contacts page)


ORGANISATION AND LOGISTICS FOR

THIS YEAR’S ANGLESEY ADVENTURE

ARE NEARING COMPLETION.   

IF YOU WANT TO COME ALONG ON THE CHARLES HENRY ASHLEY FOR A SAIL AROUND THE ISLAND, YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT OUR VICE CHAIRMAN, KEITH DOWNS  ASAP

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES.