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17th December 2006, 16:58
Hello can anyone help me find info on the Lowestoft trawler Guava LT73. It went down in the 1953 floods and my grandad was the skipper. Any info or photos would be much appreciated. Thanks Jill

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17th December 2006, 17:11
Jill, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community; enjoy the site and all it has to offer. Hopefully you will soon find news of your Grandad and we very much look forward to your postings with news of this. Bon Voyage

17th December 2006, 17:44
Hi Jill and welcome to the site.

I am sorry to hear that your grandfather died in this disastrous event and can understand why you are looking for information. At least one other ship was sunk in the Irish Sea and I am sure many were in Holland (see below). Maybe one of our Dutch members can provide some information about that.

I don't know whether you have already been searching the Internet but this URL d3&topic=6077.0;all mentions Guava and there is clearly someone else investigating. It might be worth trying to contact him to see if he got anywhere.

The BBC also gives her a mention here: but doesn't give any details.

I remember the floods of 1953 although I was a London kid of about 6 at the time. I remember the extensive flooding in the Canvey Islands area of the Thames Estuary and your note has prompted me to look it up - the BBC has a bit more here: apparently 307 people were killed in the UK - but the damage was far worse in Holland where there was widespread flooding and over 1,800 people died. I was not aware of this before reading it just now.

For anyone interested there is an official report that can be downloaded and which is quite readable here: (

The devastation prompted long-term engineering works which are arguably not yet complete but which included major works in the Netherlands and the set up of the Thames Barrier in London.

Good luck with your quest for information.



17th December 2006, 18:46
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy your time on site

Hugh MacLean
17th December 2006, 19:17
Welcome aboard, Jill, I hope you enjoy the site.

18th December 2006, 11:22
Welcome Jill to the site, enjoy it and all it has to offer. Bon voyage.

18th December 2006, 14:08
Welcome aboard from Italy.

18th December 2006, 14:13
Can some of our fishing members maybe help with this enquiry?

I would have thought someone out there would know something about this.