One hundred years ago – May 1912.

May 1912.

Road Conditions – A County Alderman had a tyre of his motor car wrenched off in the road ruts near Monkleigh.

Tidal wave or Bore – a remarkable phenomenon, never seen in the Torridge before, was seen this month.   The tide had been flowing for about half an hour when a crested and foam-topped bank of water came rushing up at great speed, sweeping along at a height of 4 – 6 feet.   Boats were swamped and damaged.

A new lifeboat for the Appledore No 2 station was launched from Bideford Quay and named by the Countess  Fortescue.   The boat, the Robert and Catherine was provided out of the bequest of the late Miss Leicester.   The boat will be placed on Braunton Burrows where it can be launched down the beach and into the Bay.

Mike Davy.

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