This was copied from a wall of a pub in Ainsdale-on-Sea, just south of Southport in the very late '70's of last century...
Listen without to the westerly wind
does it whisper and gently sigh?
Or rage and roar, shaking the door
demanding that seafarers die…
On such a night in the distant past,
as surf raced high up the beach
“Mexico”, barque, on a bank was fast
no port that night would she reach
Three lifeboats to her aid were sent
by fisherman manned with good intent.
One boat returned her crew to save
the others would drown in a watery grave
Father and son, brothers too
perished that night in the lifeboats’ crew
seven and twenty, died they in vain?
Question it not, they would do it again.
by Corncrake Williams
This is based on a true story: on December ninth, 1886, Southport, Lytham and St. Anne’s lifeboats were launched to the aid of the “Mexico”. Southport and St. Anne’s crews perished off the beach. The Lytham lifeboat saved her own, and “Mexico’s” crew.