Kerry Has The Last Word On the ‘Maanav Star’

Dear Editor .

My name is Kerry Ovenden, I am a student at Bexhill College study ing photography and psychology and I thought that you may like to print the two photographs I have included of the Maanav Star when it ran aground at Jury’s Gap. I took these images using a digital camera. I hope you like them. Kerry Ovenden Beckley Yes Kerry, I do like them. and so I believe, will the readers. You certainly found a different angle on the ‘old tub.’ I guess there were thousands of pictures taken of her during her two week enforced stay at Jury’s Gap but my bet is that there were not even a handful with as much impact as these two. Keep up the good work and the very best of luck with your studies. Ed.



“Rye’s Own” January 2005

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Seventy-Six Years Have Passed but Their Heroism Does Not Fade

Seventy-Six years ago the terrible lifeboat disaster hit the small community of Rye Harbour and claimed seventeen lives.

A copy of the Rye Harbour, Camber & Broomhill Magazine for December 1928 has been loaned to us by Paul Kennedy, a relative of one of the lifeboatmen lost on the Mary Stanford, who is researching the disaster and looking for more information and memorabilia. “Rye’s Own” will be happy to forward any such information or memorabilia on to Paul and help him in his endeavours. Continue reading Seventy-Six Years Have Passed but Their Heroism Does Not Fade

Town Crier October 2004

Festival Triumph

What a wonderful Rye Festival. Congratulations to all those involved with this year’s great event. More visitors in the town especially to enjoy what has become one of the best events of its kind in Europe. Sell out events were the order of the day.

There was something for everybody and the children were prominent in the success of many events, especially the Rye Dance Centre show at the Thomas Peacocke where a packed hall was enthralled by the standard of dancing and singing. Continue reading Town Crier October 2004

The Fight To Save The Maanav Star

The coaster Maanav Star was washed ashore at Jury’s Gap a few hours after leaving Alsfords Wharf during Saturday / Sunday night 11/12 September. She was under new ownership having been purchased while at Rye unloading her cargo of timber. She came ashore before dawn, apparently without her engines running and was pounded by rough seas and sustained some damage to her hull. Continue reading The Fight To Save The Maanav Star

Hit And Run Raids

The Royal Navy in Rye

1942 I am unable to separate the events that took place when the Admiralty decided to improve Rye Harbour and make it fit to contribute to the course of the war. Continue reading Hit And Run Raids