Trawler 'Grimsby Town' lost in April 1946 remembered in Icelandic museum

11th July 2009, 10:58
THE bell from a stricken Grimsby trawler which was wrecked with the loss of three lives is one of the star exhibits at a remote Icelandic museum.

The trawler Grimsby Town survived the Second World War but was stranded off the coast of Iceland just a few months after the end of hostilities.

Three deckhands drowned in the disaster, in April 1946.

They were James J Whelton, of Stirling Street, Grimsby, Kenneth Meadows, of Hilda Street, Grimsby and Charles J H Lond, of Upper Spring Street, Grimsby.

It was reported 16 of the crew of 20 were saved.

But the ship's bell is today proudly displayed as part of the exhibits at a fascinating folk museum in Skogar, near the southern coast village of Vik, in Iceland.

A brief history of the tragedy surrounding the Grimsby Town and a framed photograph of the ship's mast, submerged in sand, is also included in the display.