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Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man
Conister Rock (St Mary's Rock), Douglas Bay, Isle of Man
Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man
associated engineer
Not known
date  1832
era  Georgian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SC388756
photo  Paul Dunkeley
The Tower of Refuge was built at the instigation of Sir William Hillary, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He intended it to be a safe place for sailors whose ships were wrecked on the rocks in Douglas Harbour.
The tower is constructed in masonry at Conister Rock (St Mary's Rock), just inside the harbour entrance.
In November 1830, Sir William witnessed the ship St. George being swept onto the rocks. He, together with local residents, managed to rescue all 22 persons on board. This incident is said to have inspired the idea for a refuge.
Repair work to the tower was carried out during 2006. It included the reconstruction of some missing masonry and the replacement of a door and frame on the first floor.
Research: PD

Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man