Category Archives: Fishing

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly at Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating Robert Pickering d. 1869

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

''Robert Pickering, who was / Drowned from the smack 'Satisfaction' / on the Dutch Coast, May 7, 1869 / Aged 18 years / The wates flowed on every side / No chance was there to save; / At last compelled, he bowed and died / And found a watery grave'

Details

Vessel: Satisfaction

People

Pickering, Robert
Age: 18
Date of Death: 7/5/1869
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 71.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating David Collison d. 1864 in the loss of the ‘Spirit of the Age’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'David Collison, / Who was drowned in the 'Spirit of the Age' / off Scarborough, Jan 6th, 1864 Aged 36 years / I cannot bend over his gave / He sleeps in the secret sea; / And ot one gentle whisp'red wave / Can tell that place to me / Although unseen by human eyes, / And mortal knows it not / Yet Christ knows where his body lies / And angels guard the spot.'

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Vessel: Spirit of the Age

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Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) pp. 70-71.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemrating William Easton, d. 1865 in the loss of the smack ‘Martha’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'William Easton / Who was lost at sea / In the fishing smack Martha / In the gale of January, 1865 / Aged 30 years. / When through the torn sail the wild tempest is streaming: / When o'er the dark wave the red lightning is gleaming, / No hope lends a ray the poor fisher to cherish / Oh hear, kind Jesus, save Lord or we perish.'

Details

Vessel: Martha

People

Easton, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 1/1865
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 70.

Clovelly, Devon, England

Plaque at Clovelly, Devon commemorating the loss of 21 fishermen  in 1858 and the founding of the Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society

 

Location

Clovelly, Devon, England

Transcript

‘Celebrating 175 Years of Supporting / Fishermen and Mariners - The / Fishermen and Mariners / Royal Benevolent Society / was instituted on 21st February 1859 / following the tragic loss in a storm / of 21 men from the Fishing Fleet / that sailed from Clovelly on / Sunday 28th October 1858 / To commemorate the visit of HRH The Princess Royal / Patron Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society / On Tuesday 6th May 2014 / To mark the charity’s 175th Anniversary’

Details

Description: Wal plaque engraved with a lugger and the house flag of the Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society.
Type: Tablet
Materials: Slate
Date Erected: 2014

Extra

Recorder: Patricia Barber

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

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Memorial at Beadnell, Northumberland to Andrew Fawcus and his sons Thomas, Robert and Andrew d. 1885

Location

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

Transcript

[Top stage] ‘TO THE MEMORY OF / ANDREW FAWCUS / AGED 59; / AND HIS THREE SONS / THOMAS, AGED 32, / ROBERT, AGED 27 / AND ANDREW, AGED 18 / WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED / WITHIN SIGHT / OF THEIR OWN HOME / JANUARY 31ST 1885. / RESPECTED IN LIFE / AND DEEPLY LAMENTED IN DEATH /’ [Middle stage] ‘THEIR GRAVE / IS IN THE MIGHTY DEEP / AND THEY SHALL RISE AGAIN / THROUGH CHRIST, / WHEN THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP ITS DEAD / ON THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD’ [Bottom stage] ‘ERECTED BY FRIENDS’.

Details

Description: Stepped three-stage sarcophagus, top stage with scalloped corners, all surmounted with a cross inscribed ‘IHS’.
Type: Cross
Position: East end of the churchyard near the wall
Materials: Grey sandstone

People

Fawcus, Andrew
Age: 59
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Andrew
Age: 18
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Robert
Age: 27
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: The four men were drowned after the capsize of fishing coble owned by the elder Andrew Fawcus, while they were picking up crab pots. Fawcus left a wife and four children, his three sons were all married.
Recorder: Mike Headon
Photographer: Mike Headon

St Margaret's Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Memorial window in St Margaret’s Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk dedicated to Charles Dance d. 1965

Charles Dance, window 1965
Charles Dance, window 1965

Location

St Margaret's Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / CHARLES AND / IDA DANCE 1965'

Details

Description: Window showing St Andrew, patron saint of fishermen holding his saltire and a net containing fish.
Type: Window
Position: North side of nave
Date Erected: 1965
Artists: Laurel Cooper

People

Dance, Charles
Age: 90
Date of Death: 1963
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Fish dealer
Organisation: Hobsons & Co

Extra

Notes: Charles William Dance (1873-1963) in 1911 census as fish salesman. In 1930 Charles W Dance is noted as Manager of Hobsons & Co (Lowestoft) Ltd, who bought S.T. Amalia to fish from Fleetwood.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson

Spion Kop Cemetery, Hartlepool, Hartlepool, England

Memorial in Spion Kop Cemetery, Hartlepool dedicated to Francis and Horsley Bulmer d. 1887

Location

Spion Kop Cemetery, Hartlepool, Hartlepool, England

Transcript

[On ribbon] 'IN THE MOST [sic] OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH', 'IN AFFECTIONATE / REMEMBRANCE / OF / FRANCIS BULMER, / AGED 47 YEARS / AND HIS BROTHER / HORSELEY BULMER, / AGED 43 YEARS. / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES RETURNING / FROM SALMON FISHING, / AUGUST 9TH 1887 / THY PURPOSE LORD WE CANNOT SEE, / BUT ALL IS WELL THATS DONE BY THEE / ALSO / ELIZABETH / THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE / FRANCIS BULMER...'

Details

Description: Headstone flanked by gothic pillars.
Type: Gravestone

People

Bulmer, Francis
Age: 47
Date of Death: 9/8/1887
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:
Bulmer, Horsley
Age: 43
Date of Death: 9/8/1887
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

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Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial in  Grimsby, Lincolnshire commemorating Charles Bates and Charles Roger Bates d. 1860 lost in the smack ‘Fortitude’

Location

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'In memory of Charles James Bates late captain of the smack 'Fortitude'. Age 41 years. Also Charles Roger Bates age 14 years. Both were unfortunately drowned on the 7th Feb 1860'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Fortitude

People

Bates, Charles James
Age: 41
Date of Death: 7/2/1860
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Bates, Charles Roger
Age: 14
Date of Death: 7/2/1860
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Notes: The smack 'Fortitude' foundered 1860.
Recorder: C. Flintham

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial in Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby commemorating Robert Barnett d. 1882 in the loss of the smack ‘Forward’

Location

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF ROBERT BARNETT WHO WAS DROWNED AT SEA IN COLLISION WITH THE SMACK 'FORWARD' OF GR. GRIMSBY AND THE S.S. 'WATER GEUS' OF FLUSHING JAN 17, 1882 AGE 44 YEARS'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Forward, SS Watergent

People

Barnett, Robert
Age: 44
Date of Death: 17/1/1882
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: C. Flintham

Hessle Road, Hull, England

Statue at Hessle Road, Hull depicting George Henry Smith, Skipper of the trawler ‘Crane’ d. 1904 and other casualties of the Dogger Bank Incident

Location

Hessle Road, Hull, England

Transcript

'ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO THE MEMORY OF / GEORGE HENRY SMITH / (SKIPPER) / AND / WILLIAM RICHARD LEGGETT / (THIRD HAND)/OF THE ILL-FATED TRAWLER 'CRANE' / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE NORTH SEA / BY THE ACTION OF THE RUSSIAN BALTIC FLEET / OCTOBER 22ND 1904 / AND / WALTER WHELPTON / (SKIPPER) OF THE TRAWLER 'MINO' / WHO DIED FROM SHOCK MAY 13TH 1905 / UNVEILED BY / LORD NUNBURNHOLME / AUGUST 30TH 1906'[additional plaque] 'This plaque marks the centenary of the tragic events / which took place in the North Sea October 1904 / As a result of the heated international situation at the / time of the Russo-Japanese War, the Hull fishing / fleet came under fire in the North Sea / victims of mistaken identity. / This statue, a portrait of skipper Smith of the / trawler 'Crane', situated at the heart of Hessle Road, / for generations the home of the fishing community. / It remains as a tribute to the bravery / of the city's trawlermen past and present. / Unveiled on this day 24th of October 2004 / by Commander Makhovney / Naval attaché to the Russian Embassy.'

Details

Description: Above the incriptions a pair of horns and the initials RAOB (Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes). Statue of a fisherman in Guernsey, souwester, and seaboots, his right hand raised, holding binoculars in his left hand.
Type: Memorial
Materials: marble, granite
Date Erected: 1906
Artists: Albert Leake
Vessel: Crane, Mino

Event

Russo-Japanese War

Event Date

1904-1905

People

Leggett, William Richard
Age:
Date of Death: 22/10/1905
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: 3rd hand
Organisation:
Smith, George Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 22/10/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Whelpton, Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 13/5/1905
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Trawlers 'Mino' and 'Crane' fired on by Russian fleet in mistake for the Japanese. Lord Nunburnholme (Charles Henry Wilson) was indisposed on the morning of the unveiling which was carried out by John Watt JP. Albert Leake, a stone mason ans sculptor of Spring Bank West assembled the monument at a cost of £245-00. It was carved in Italy from a photograph posed by Mr Leake wearing oilskins and a souwester. The memorial committee were elected for the Blythe Boys Lodge of the RAOB of which Skipper Smith had been a member.
Bibliography: 'Hull Daily Mail' (5 April 1978). Arthur G. Credland 'North Sea Incident 21-22 October 1904 commonly called the Russian Outrage (Hull, 1986,)pp. 63-4.