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Shennaghys y Theihll: Ruggyr yn RNLI

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A Lifeboat launch in 1860

The Marine's Cross Belt plate from the Manx Museum has been chosen for A History of the World as one of the most significant artefacts on the Island.

Ta plait cryss-gheaylin y Tidoor-marrey ayns Thie-tashtee Vannin er ve reiht son Shennaghys y Theihll myr nane jeh ny jeantaneyn smoo scanshoil ayns Mannin.

The badge belonged to a Royal Marine serving onboard the HMS Racehorse in December 1822.

Va'n cowrey shoh lesh Sidoor-marrey Reeoil va jannoo e hirveish er HMS Racehorse ayns Mee ny Nollick 1822.

The ship sank while attempting to pick up survivors from another naval ship off the coast of Langness.

Hie y lhong fo choud's v'ee cur eab er sauail ny mayrnee voish lhong-chaggee elley sy cheayn mooie jeh Langlish.

The Racehorse hit rocks and perished along with three Manx rescue boats and the rest, as they say, is history.

Woaill y Racehorse skerryn as va ish chammah's tree baatyn sauailagh caillt, taghyrt veagh feer scanshoil sy chennaghys ain.

The badge was brought up from the ship wreck over 100 years later.

Va'n cowrey shoh troggit neese voish y lhong-vrisht ny sodjey na 100 blein ny yei.

Curator at Manx National Heritage, Allison Fox said the finding led to one of the Isle of Man's first attempts at underwater archaeological excavation.

Dooyrt curmeyder ec Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin, Alison Fox, dy ren yn gheddyn-magh shoh greinnaghey nane jeh ny chied eabbyn ayns Mannin reuyrey shenndaaleeagh y yannoo fo-ushtey.

"The divers who excavated the underwater site found all sorts of things, amongst them, a pair of leather shoes, a huge ivory tusk and a bronze hammer.

"Hooar ny thummeyderyn ren reuyrey yn ynnyd fo-ushtey caghlaaghyn dy reddyn, goaill stiagh piyr dy vraagyn liare, tusk iuaag mooar as oard ooha.

"But the badge is the most evocative item because it was actually worn by someone. It tells a human story and someone was actually wearing it when HMS Racehorse went down.

"Agh she yn cowrey ny smoo na jeantane elley ta kiangley shin dy jeeragh rish y traa shen er y fa dy row eh goll er ceau ec peiagh ennagh. T'eh ginsh dooin skeeal persoonagh y pheiagh va ceau eh tra hie HMS Racehorse fo.

"When she sank a lot of the crew perished too so if objects could speak, this one would have quite a lot to say".

"Tra hie ee fo hooar mooarane jeh'n skimmee baase neesht as myrshen, dy voddagh shenn reddyn loayrt, veagh y fer shoh ginsh dooin skeeal liauyr."

Horrified at the terrors going on near Langness many Manxmen launched their own boats in the hope of rescuing some of the Marines but sadly three local boats were also lost in the storms of that terrible night.

As ad sevreainit liorish ny atchimyn va taghyrt faggys da Langlish ren ymmodee Mannninee lunney nyn maatyn hene dy chur eab er sauail paart jeh ny Sidooryn-marrey, agh s'trimsagh gra dy row tree baatyn ynnydagh caillt neesht ayns sterrym yn oie agglagh shen.

The event left many local families without a husband or a father and, with no social security system to help out, they were left in a desperate situation.

Ren y drogh-haghyrt faagail ymmodee lughtyn-thie Manninagh gyn sheshey ny ayr as, gyn coarys shickyrys theayagh dy chur cooney daue, v'ad faagit ayns stayd debejagh.

This, said Allison Fox, was where local resident William Hillary came in.

She shoh, ta Alison Fox gra, ren greinnaghey cummaltagh ynnydagh William Hillary dy yannoo red ennagh.

"He saw how the bereft local families were struggling to survive without a bread winner and a couple of years later Hillary formed what was later to become the Royal National Lifeboat institution".

"Honnick eh kys va mooinjer y varroo ayns Mannin tooilleil dy hannaghtyn bio gyn cosneyder argid oc as blein ny ghaa ny yei shoh hug Hillary er bun c'red harragh dy ve ny s'anmey Undinys Ashoonagh Reeoil ny Baatyn Sauailagh."

Since its inception the RNLI has saved the lives of more than 137,000 people.

Neayr's v'eh currit er bun ta'n RNLI er hauail veih baase ny smoo na 137,000 dy leih.

The Marine's Cross belt plate can been seen at Manx Museum in Douglas.

Ta plait cryss-gheaylin y Tidoor-marrey ry akin ec Thie-tashtee Vannin ayns Doolish.

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