On the 29th April 1945 H. M. S. WITHERINGTON, a destroyer, which was being towed was wrecked on the South side of the South Pier about three quarters of a mile distant from the Rocket House. This took plce about 11.19 p.m. The weather and War Time obstructions on the pier militated against the activities of the Brigade and all our gear had to be hand transported under difficulties, ultimately the life-boat from Cullercoats took seven men off the wreck. The Brigade had gear ready for use when the life-boat came along at 12.30 a.m. on 30th April.
Source: S.S.V.L.B. Minute Book 4