Seaspray Cottage was once the home of celebrated local hero Mr William Morgan. On a cold dark windswept night in 1920, during a selfless and courageous act of bravery, William Morgan rescued the captain and chief officer of the Dutch sailing schooner ‘Hermina’.
While on route to Rotterdam the Hermina had anchored for shelter outside Fishguard Harbour but driving winds and massive waves had caused the ship’s anchors to drag. The crew of the Lifeboat Charterhouse, with great difficulty and against all odds, managed to rescue seven men but ignoring all advice the last three refused to leave.
Finally the men were forced to abandon their ship as it broke to pieces on Needle Rock in the terrible NW gale. One was swept away and drowned, the other two managed to reach the base of the cliffs where the cliff rescue team lowered down William Morgan on a rope to save them.
On the first anniversary of the rescue, the Queen of the Netherlands and the Dutch Government showed their appreciation by awarding gold watches to coxswain Howells and William Morgan and silver watches to the life-boatmen. The RNLI awarded their highest honour, a gold medal, to coxswain Howells for his skill and courage. Tom Davies, Tom Holmes and Robert Simpson were each awarded silver medals, and bronze medals were awarded to life-boatmen T. Perkins, I. Rourke, P. Whelan, T. Duffin, J. Gardiner, W. Devereux, H. W. Mason, W. Thomas and R. Veal. William Morgan who was the hero of the cliff rescue received the thanks of the Institution on vellum.
The current owners of Seaspray Cottage said
“ We are very proud to have been able to restore the cottage as it was when vacated by his family in the 1930’s. We are also grateful to be in touch with the Morgan family and to keep the memory alive of such a humanitarian”.
Seaspray Cottage has been sympathetically restored to retain the huge original inglenook fireplace complete with bread oven that William Morgan once warmed himself by. It sleeps 4 and enjoys uninterrupted views across the fields to Fishguard Bay.Seaspray Cottage is now part of the Quality Cottages portfolio of Pembrokeshire holiday cottages .
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