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If you go through the old newspapers around 1890-1900 they report small 100 to 120 ft boats fishing off Greenland etc. There is a report of an Aberdeen trawlers docking in Boston, USA for coal. I think these were mainly line fishing.
Thank you for the information. I had assumed that the trawlers that went to Greenland would be bigger than the ones which did not go as far. The voyages must have been much longer and they would have had to carry more provisions, fuel etc.
 

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"SS Lincoln" and "The Belvoir Castle"

I am trying to trace a member of my family, Christmas Pull, for Family History purposes. He was an apprentice Fisherman on the "SS Lincoln" out of Grimsby according to the 1901 Census return. He does not appear on the 1911 Census return.

However I have found the following which may be the same person.

From The Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury newspaper for Friday December 12 1902. I believe him to be working for The Crampin Steam Fishing Company on "The Belvoir Castle" but cannot confirm this.

After this there appears to be no further records of this member of my family and I would like to know what happened to him....was he lost at sea etc. How can I find out any further information or does anyone on this site have information which would be of help to me. If anyone can help me I would be grateful. Thanks.
 

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Hi,
PULL, Christmas, signed indentures 23 Aug 1900. NEL Archives Ref 208/1,
Register 11, Page 146. The registers are not on line but I can look him up on my next visit to the archives and send you a photo of his entry (which may provide some answers!), possibly later this week.

Terry
 

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"SS Lincoln" and "The Belvoir Castle"

Terry, Thank you very much for the information. That is another little piece to add to the jigsaw. I look forward to anything else that you might find that would be useful in the search for Christmas. I know he was 13 or 14 when he was on the Lincoln and 14 or 15 when on the Belvoir Castle but after that we have nothing. Thank you for your help. When he signed the indentures he was 12 yrs of age which I understand is not uncommon in those days.
 

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Prince Leo GY920

Hi all,I've just discovered this site and wondered if anyone can remember Prince Leo.I was a decky learner for one trip in 1955 but spent more time stoking and trimming coal.The only name I can remember is John Shannon,Ch,Engineer who lived in Cleethorpes.It turned out that I was too young to work "below".Ended up going to MN seaschool and Merchant Navy but vividly remember this old steam trawler,spent 10 days in the north sea.slept on straw filled matresses,think they were known as "donkeys breakfasts",also clatter of clogs in Grimsby fish dock.Any more information ?
 

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Hi All, I am not sure if I am in the correct forum.....I am looking for any information on Steam Trawler "Stirling" which was lost out of Grimsby 24/02/1915. Possibly with all hands, including my Great Great Granddad Samuel Gates (born 1851 Great Yarmouth). He was 63 yo, and living with his wife in Kent st, Grimsby. She was also mother of Robert Cubitt Golding-RN Skipper, and grandson Herbert Cubitt -on mine sweepers. She had lost her first husband, a smack fisherman from Great yarmouth, at sea in early1870's. There is mention of the loss of the Stirling on the Mercantile Monument @ Tower Hill, however I have found very little detail about what did or may have happened. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Joan Note also posted in Hull Trawlers Thread
 

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Hi Mattarosa, hi all, i joined yesterday& am feeling my way about,im'e not comp lit, i was 18 yearold deckie aboard "Northern Sceptre" who escorted "Northern Dawn" to Hammerfest from Bear Island with her coal bunkers on fire
 

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"Grimsby trawler Northern Dawn"

Hi Mattarosa, hi all, i joined yesterday& am feeling my way about,im'e not comp lit, i was 18 yearold deckie aboard "Northern Sceptre" who escorted "Northern Dawn" to Hammerfest from Bear Island with her coal bunkers on fire, Dawn had just arrived Bear Isle direct fom Grimsby a six day steam off useing coal stowed in her fishroom, this supply ended, water tight doors to main bunkers were raised allowing air in and both stb&prt bunkers which exploded causing a serious fire, w/t doors were quickley dropped to starve fire of oxegen, steam smothering valves opened filling bunkers with steam damping downthe fires,Dawn was fired with coal from the "wingbunkers" she steamed to Hammerfest under her own power with "Scepter" in very close company arriving Hammerfest safely without further incident.
 

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"Grimsby trawler Northern Dawn"

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Hi Mattarosa, hi all, i joined yesterday& am feeling my way about,im'e not comp lit, i was 18 yearold deckie aboard "Northern Sceptre" who escorted "Northern Dawn" to Hammerfest from Bear Island with her coal bunkers on fire, Dawn had just arrived Bear Isle direct fom Grimsby a six day steam off useing coal stowed in her fishroom, this supply ended, water tight doors to main bunkers were raised allowing air in and both stb&prt bunkers exploded causing a serious fire, w/t doors were quickley dropped to starve fire of oxegen, steam smothering valves opened filling bunkers with steam damping downthe fires,Dawn was fired with coal from the "wingbunkers" she steamed to Hammerfest under her own power with "Scepter" in very close company arriving Hammerfest safely without further incident
 

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Looking for any information on crew of FV Imperial Queen (GY 502).
Also any ideas on area of sea where lost, last known position.
Family information on one of crew confirms only that it "blew up and sank."
 

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She was declared lost so actual date and area difficult to pin down she was last seen by the vesssel "Onward" on 20th Jul 1920 she was 15 days into her voyage aparently according to newspaper she should have only been away for 5 days and was thought to be heading home when spotted if I find anything else will post cheers Laurie
 

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Crew of Imperial Queen memorial plaque in tower hill london

Surname Forename Age Honours/Awards D.O.D Rank Cemetery/Memorial Grave Ref Additional Information
Boyington Horace 40 28/07/1920 Engineman Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Boyington, Of 142, Newmarket St., Grimsby. Born At Grimsby.
Byrne William 26 28/07/1920 Spare Hand Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of Mrs. Byrne, Of 93, Castle St., Grimsby. Born In Ireland.
Chapman Walter Alfred 65 28/07/1920 Mate Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late William And Susan Chapman; Husband Of The Late Mrs. Chapman. Born At Barking, Essex.
Croucher Dan Geoffrey 17 28/07/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Emily Louisa Davies (Formerly Croucher), Of 94, Tunnard St., Grimsby, And The Late Harry Croucher.
Fletcher Thomas Martin 36 28/07/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Fletcher; Husband Of Sarah Jane Fletcher, Of 16, Railway Tea Gardens St., Grimsby. Born At Hull.
Hill Charles Ernest 50 28/07/1920 Skipper Tower Hill Memorial Husband Of E. J. Hill, Of 12, Garnett St., Cleethorpes.
Jacobsen John Thomas 17 28/07/1920 Trimmer Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Benedictus And Alice Ann Jacobsen, Of 12, Garibaldi St., Grimsby.
McIver Sidney Ernest 28 28/07/1920 Third Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. McIver; Husband Of Arabella McIver (Nee Hamilton), Of 4, Barcroft St., New Cleethorpes. Born At Norwich.
Richardson Francis Morton Titherton 33 28/07/1920 Second Engineman Tower Hill Memorial Son Of The Late Mr. And Mrs. Richardson. Born At Newark.
Russell Albert Edward 21 28/07/1920 Deck Hand Tower Hill Memorial Son Of William And Julia Russell; Husband Of Mabel Russell (Nee Bonner), Of 14, Sussex St., New Cleethorpes. Born At East Barkwith, Lincs.
Williamson Richard 39 28/07/1920 Cook Tower Hill Memorial Son Of Christy Williamson, And The Late Mrs. Williamson; Husband Of Sarah Agatha Williamson, Of 77, Neville St., New Cleethorpes. Born In Ireland.


http://www.benjidog.co.uk/Tower Hill/WW1 Ilaro to Industria.html

I am aware of a picture of the vessel and crew but unable to say if the crew featured were any of the sadly lost men
 

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Gy 502

Thanks Laurie.
Do you have a link to the newspaper article?
I have the Tower Hill Memorial info and the info from Trevors Trawler.
Any other info will be welcomed.
 

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GY200 Ostero

Doing some research, I came across GY200 Ostero.

One piece of info points towards this being a Bannister Trawler - so, registered with any of the 4 companies.

However, another source lists:
Name: OSTERO
Type: Fishing Vessel
Launched: 03/12/1896
Completed: 01/1897
Builder: Edwards Brothers
Yard: North Shields
Yard Number: 539
Dimensions: 138grt, 45nrt, 101.0 x 20.6 x 10.8ft
Engines: T3cyl (11, 17 & 30 x 21ins), 44nhp
Engines by: North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 106700

History:
01/1897 White Star Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby
by 1910 Henry Smethurst, Grimsby
by 1918 George Smith, Grimsby
1922 William Would, Grimsby
1924 Walter Garratt, Grimsby
1930 Fred B Jeffs, Grimsby
1931 Thomas W Baskcomb, Grimsby
1935 Broken up

So no connections to Bannister at all.

THe only other info I found was a mention of her in a Dutch report from 11 January 1900. Sadly, my Dutch is not quite good enough to understand all of it.

This extract is from the Scarborough papers dated 1916....

Grimsby as well suffered badly at the same time from U-boat attacks. Eleven trawlers were sunk on one night. They were The Andromeda, Mercury, Resino, Restless, Vivella, Rego, Devonshire, Beachwood, Britannia, Welsby and John Grant. The trawlers were stripped of everything useful and sank. Some trawlers escaped. One Hull trawler cut her gear and escaped under fire. The boats containing the crews were picked up by the Ostero and towed into Grimsby.

Any info gratefully received....
John
 

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GRAND OLD LADIES, by Steve Richards and published in 1990 by Archive Publications Ltd. in association with the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, contains what they call 'Grimsby's Great Trawler Stories'.
 
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