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Probus Club of Torquay, UK

Provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to keep active mentally and physically as well as enjoying social interaction with fellow members. The club was formed in 1970 and we are a club of some forty men and welcome enquiries from professional and business men interested in joining us. At each meeting we have a guest speaker. This is a popular part of club activities as speakers are chosen to speak on a variety of subjects and members usually find them interesting, entertaining and informative.

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Probus Club of Torquay, UK. Loads of free parking and disabled access.

Provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired people to keep active mentally and physically as well as enjoying social interaction with fellow members. The club was formed in 1970 and we are a club of some forty men and welcome enquiries from professional and business men interested in joining us. We meet at 10 am every Thursday in the Livermead House Hotel which provides plenty of free parking. Many of us choose to socialize after the meeting in the bar.

A recent speaker

Torbay Shipwrecks was the subject of a talk and slide presentation given to members by local journalist / historian, Nick Pannell. Nick began by saying Torbay is generally considered to be a safe area for ships sheltering from storm force westerly gales. However ships can and have been trapped in the bay and faced potentially hazardous conditions, when the wind has changed to gale force from the Easterly direction.

         

Starting with the Napoleonic period when The Royal Navy used Torbay as a main base, there were occasions when some ships did encounter perilous conditions and foundered in the Bay. Nick gave one graphic account, when around 1840 HMS Venables a 48 gun ship had dragged its anchor and was trapped in the Bay by storm force Easterly winds. Despite all efforts, she was driven ashore near were The Torbay Hotel stands today, with a major loss of most of her crew. Many years later, a major disaster occurred, when in January 1866 the port of Brixham was savaged by a storm with hurricane force winds from the East. The damage caused was so severe that around 70 vessel s in or around the harbour were wrecked and only 10 left relatively undamaged.. Many other vessels were driven up and wrecked on the coasts adjacent to Brixham.

   

In the course of the presentation, many interesting historic slides were shown of ships in Torbay, that throughout the 20th century, had been imperilled by a number causes such as dragged anchors, fires on board, or loss of power etc. Many of the sailors owed their lives to having being rescued by shore launched lifeboats or the "Breeches Buoy" method. After the talk Club members raised some interesting questions relating to anchors and anchoring generally. The talk also gave rise to Interesting comments from some members with their own recollections of having seen distressed vessels in Torbay. Vessels such as a gas carrier ship, a badly damaged oil tanker and the Santa Anna distressed near Thatcher Rock in 1998.

Our future program

3 Oct. Simon Dell, A virtual tour of Lundy Island.

10 Oct. Norman Stacey, Waste of Energy.

17 Oct. Laura Cowie, Cybercrime.

24 Oct. David Cooper, 3 Weeks with Wendy Woo.

31 Oct. Nick Pannell, Torbay Shipwrecks.

7 Nov. Paul Young, Attack on the World Trade Centre.

14 Nov. Peter Lewis, The Life of an Army Education Officer.

21 Nov. Roger Saunders, A Cabinet of Curiosities.

28 Nov. AGM.

5 Dec. Michael Clapp, The Falklands War.

12 Dec. Roger Hamilton, A celebration of Turkeys.

19 Dec. and 26 Dec. NO MEETING.

Meeting place

LIVERMEAD HOUSE HOTEL

Seafront Torquay TQ2 6RH

Contact 0845 071 0571

We meet at 10 am every Thursday

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