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Travelling around Seahouses

Travelling around Seahouses

Are you thinking about visiting Seahouses? Perhaps you already live in this great town but need to get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol? At Arriva we know travel and we know Seahouses, so take a few moments and read through our carefully created guide to attractions and travelling in this great town.

Seahouses is famous for the story of Grace Darling, daughter of the lighthouse keeper of the Longstone Lighthouse in the Farne Islands.

In the early hours of 7 September 1838, Grace, looking from an upstairs window of the lighthouse, spotted the wreck and survivors of the ‘Forfarshire’ on Big Harcar, a nearby low rocky island. The Forfarshire had foundered on the rocks and broken in half: one of the halves had sunk during the night.

She and her father William determined that the weather was too rough for the lifeboat to put out from Seahouses (then North Sunderland), so they took a rowing boat (a 21 ft, 4-man Northumberland coble) across to the survivors, taking a long route that kept to the lee side of the islands, a distance of nearly a mile. Grace kept the coble steady in the water while her father helped four men and the lone surviving woman, Mrs Dawson, into the boat. Although she survived the sinking, Mrs Dawson had lost her two young children during the night. William and three of the rescued men then rowed the boat back to the lighthouse. Grace then remained at the lighthouse while William and three of the rescued crew members rowed back and recovered four more survivors.

The grave of Grace Darling and her family can be seen in St Aidan's churchyard at nearby Bamburgh.