In 1913 the French fishing trawler ‘Tadorne’ , on its way to the Icelandic fishing grounds, was driven by raging seas onto the rocks near Howick, on the Northumberland coast. The lifeboat crew from Boulmer was alerted and rowed two miles to the scene of the disaster; they were able to save 25 men through their heroic actions, but five died. The five were buried in Howick Churchyard (left). Earl and Countess Grey and their family from nearby Howick Hall and many local people attended the survivors, giving them warm blankets and such comfort as they could. Lady Grey’s maid, who was French, was invaluable in helping with communication difficulties. Another story of great courage in saving lives off our stormy coast.