Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 4th September 1880 (at Margate)
THE LATE WRECK OF THE NORWEGIAN BARQUE FARSUND
We have much pleasure to state that, through the intervention of Mr. H.B. Hammond, the Swedish and Norwegian Vice – Consul of this town, the crews of our life-boat, “Friends to all Nations” and the lugger “Eclipse,” have been awarded by the Royal Norwegian Home Department, through the Swedish and Norwegian Consul – General, London, the sum of 25 pounds, which has been distributed as follows:
12 pounds were given to the crew of the life-boat “Friends to all Nations,” 8 pounds to the crew of the lugger “Eclipse;” and 5 pounds to John Henry Brockman who sustained an injury to his hand under the following circumstances, which many of our readers may remember.
The barque “Farsund,” of Christiana, bound on a voyage from London to Miramichi in ballast, stranded on the Woolpack Sands, on the 27th April last, during a heavy gale of wind from the E.N.E.; there being a very heavy sea running, the above mentioned boats launched from our beach, in answer to signals of distress, which were observed from the barque, and, but for their prompt response to these signals and their courage, it is probable that not one of the barque’s crew would have reached terra firma.
In fact, they had already been forced to take refuge in the ship’s boats, and it was entirely owing to the promptitude of these boatmen that no lives were lost.
We attach a list of names of the boatmen who rendered assistance in saving the lives of the crew; and thanks to the Consul – General for Sweden and Norway, London, and the Vice – Consul here, for having represented the matter to the proper quarter; and we are heartily pleased to find the generous response made by the Royal Norwegian Home Department.
This is not the first occasion upon which the Norwegian Government have shown their appreciation of the valour and courage of our boatmen.
The following is a list of the names of the boatmen.
Crew of the lugger “Eclipse.”
Edward Joseph Emptage.
John Gilbert jnr.
Henry John Brockman.
Henry James Dunkin Emptage.
Crew of the life-boat “Friends to all Nations.”
William R. Parker.
Edward Joseph Emptage 1842 – 1886 (8 Brook Terrace, Margate, Kent). Son of Edward Robert Emptage and Ann Elizabeth Hewett. Married 22nd February 1864 to Rebecca Gurr.
Henry James Dunkin Emptage 1835 – 1897 (68 Byron Road, Margate, Kent). Son of Henry Robert Emptage and Elizabeth Dunkin. Married October 1873 to Jemima Nicholson.