December 14th 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the British naval ship, Brig of War HM Racehorse, which sank off Langness in the Isle of Man 200 years ago with the loss of nine lives.
98 men survived the sinking on 14th December 1822. Nine never returned home after they went out in the storm to rescue those on the stricken ship only for the rescue boat to overturn on its final run. Three were from Castletown. This commemorative community exhibition tells the story of the tragic events which became the catalyst that inspired Sir William Hillary to encourage the UK Government to create the RNLI in 1824.
The exhibition has been organised by Manx National Heritage in conjunction with the HMS Racehorse Commemorative Group, Isle of Man Sub Aqua Club and Castletown Commissioners.
* closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.