Wednesday, 8 May 2019


 During the heavy gale in the channel this morning the steamer Millgate of Manchester bound from Guernsey to London with a cargo of stone was observed in distress off Beachy Head. The Newhaven reserve lifeboat QuiverNo1 was launched and took the Millgates crew of ten persons off, landing them at Newhaven at noon. The steamer foundered shortly afterwards. This was the lifeboats first launch on active service.

The gun calling out the crew of the Newhaven Lifeboat was fired at 7am Thursday morning and in less than 20 minutes the boat with full crew was proceeding down the river. The call was in response to information received from a coastgaurd station in Cuckmere that a vessel was perioulsly near the shore. It proved to be the SS Millgate ( Captain Proctor), from Guernsey to London with a cargo of
stone. The crew of ten were taken off and landed at Newhaven. Almost directly after the steamer capsized and sank. Great praise is due to the coxswain, Mr E Eager, andthe crew of the lifeboat for the prompt and successful efforts made by themto save life.

The Lifeboat Crew; on friday last Mr JJ Lines,the hon. secretary of the local branch of the RNLI at Newhaven,received a letter from the Institution containing a cheque for £7 10s, being an additional grant of 10s per man in recognition of the meritorious service performed by them on November 2nd in saving the crew of ten men from the SS Millgate,off Crowlink, in a gale and with a heavy sea running. Mr Lines had written to the RNLI giving particulars of the case.