RNLI "LAURA JANET" MEMORIAL
The memorial marks the grave of six of the crew of the St Annes lifeboat, the Laura Janet, who lost their lives in the rescue of the crew of the German barque, Mexico, on 9th December 1886. Six other crew members are buried in St Cuthbert's churchyard, Lytham, and one other in Leyton Cemetery, Blackpool. Fourteen crew of the Southport lifeboat, Eliza Fearnley, were also lost and are buried in Southport Cemetery. The crew of the Mexico were in fact rescued by the crew of the Lytham boat, Charles Briggs. Ironically, it appears that the rescue had already been accomplished before the St Annes boat was launched. The disaster remains the single biggest loss of life in the whole history of the RNLI.