February 24, 1914
These are the crew members of a Norwegian vessel, who survived what is known as the Fethard Lifeboat Disaster...These men were on board their vessel, The Mexico (with its cargo of mahogany and cedar from Mexico), when it ran aground on the Keragh Islands, Co. Wexford on Friday, 20 February 1914. The Fethard Lifeboat, Helen Blake, came to their rescue through a storm was destroyed with the loss of 9 of the 14 lifeboatmen...For those of you wanting to know more about this disaster, Niall McAuley ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/ ) provided a link to this PDF ( http://www.mariner.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Fethard-Lifeboat-Final.pdf ) recounting the whole story, and a tentative identification of the older sailor in the middle as the captain of The Mexico, Ole Edvin Eriksen, of Frederikshald, Norway.....Fairly happy now that this photo was taken at Waterford, thanks to John Spooner's contribution from a report in The Times of 24 February that said:."The tug with the nine men on board and the body of the man who had died on the island arrived at Waterford at 4 o'clock. A great crowd assembled on the quays to welcome the rescuers."..Date: Tuesday, 24 February 1914..NLI Ref.: P_WP_2536 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/P_WP_2536 )
Images from our photo collections that show those magnificent men (and women) in their flying, choo choo-ing, and driving machines... Oh, and we've cheated, we're adding boats and ships, jaunting cars and carriages, trams too and bicycles - we're completely shameless. So, basically any form of transport - air, sea, land - with the exception of two human feet...