Barengraben (‘Bear-Pit’, in this deep circular den bears have been kept since 1480, the bear is Berne’s heraldic animal); Kafigturm (‘Cage tower’, 13th and 17th century); Minster (dedicated to St. Vincent, 3-aisled pillared basilica, begun 1421, tower completed 1893); Nydegg Church (Late Gothic); Rathaus (Council House, 1406-16, Late Burgundian Gothic); Zytgloggeturm (Clock tower, Berne’s landmark, 12th c.).
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It proved impossible, however, for the lifeboat to get alongside the stricken steamer because of the powerful swirling white water and the number of large rocks in the area. After carefully considering the situation, the boat’s 28-year-old coxswain, James Robson, took the lifeboat to a small rock nearby, where he landed with a lifebuoy and ropes before the lifeboat moved off to a safer distance. With the use of lines and the lifebuoy, Coxswain Robson brought the crew of fourteen off the stranded ship and onto the Knavestone; they were then hauled one by one over to the lifeboat. With everyone safely on board, the Forster Fawsett returned to North Sunderland harbour to be greeted by a large crowd of cheering people who had gathered on the harbour pier. The Geir gradually slipped back off the Knavestone and sank, where she quickly broke up. The Maritime Examinations in Oath took place at Berwick-on-Tweed on 19 February 1908 with the Declarations in Newcastle upon Tyne on 25 February. During the examinations at the inquiries, the inspector said that the reason for running aground was, without doubt, bad navigation. The master did not use the line and he did not assure himself that the distance to St. Abb’s Head was safe before he turned for Longstone. In addition there were no lookouts and the speed of the vessel was too fast.
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