Monday, 16 April 2012

Barmouth's Titanic Plaque

Fit for a Hero

Who would have thought that the little town of Barmouth would be linked with one of the most famous maritime stories in history?

Well, on Sunday 15th April, the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, a plaque was unveiled on Barmouth's quayside. The simple plaque commemorates Harold Lowe, one of the Titanic's most heroic officers.

Harold Lowe was born in Barmouth in 1882. Determined to work at sea, he left at the age of 14 to join the navy. After his apprenticeship was over, he joined the ill-fated White Star Line in 1911 and was appointed Fifth Officer aboard the stricken Titanic for her maiden voyage.

Incredibly, Officer Lowe survived the tragedy, but it is documented that despite reaching safety on a lifeboat, he was the only officer to return to the ship to try and rescue more passengers from the freezing waters. He saved four  more lives from a tragic ending, as well as rescuing occupants of a sinking lifeboat that passed his own lifeboat.

When Harold returned to Barmouth, crowds of over 1,000 people gathered to welcome the hero. Crowds gathered almost 100 years later to remember the brave actions of Barmouth's most heroic son. Harold's Grandson, Captain John Lowe, unveiled the plaque.

Lifeboat filled with Titanic passengers

Did you know: in James Cameron's Oscar Winning Hollywood smash of 1997, Titanic, Welsh actor Ioan Gruffydd played the part of Fifth Officer Harold Lowe.

** Barmouth is a great day out from the Oakeley Arms. It's about a half an hour drive along the fabulous scenic coast road beyond Harlech. Explore the fabulous beach, the resort town and the iconic bridge. And while you're there, why not take a stroll around the beautiful Panorama walk.

Mawddach Estuary from the Panorama Walk

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