Category Archives: Fishing

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

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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

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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
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: The smack 'Fortitude' foundered 1860.
Recorder: C.Q. 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.Q. 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

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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:

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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.

Compass Gardens, Skegness, Lincolnshire, England

Statue at Compass Gardens, Skegness representing the town’s ‘Jolly Fisherman’ mascot

Location

Compass Gardens, Skegness, Lincolnshire, England

Details

Description: Bronze statue of a dancing fisherman
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze

Extra

Notes: Based on John Hassell's 'Jolly Fisherman' 1908 railway poster with its caption 'Skegness is so bracing.' There is another version at Skegness railway station by Sioban Coppinger.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, commemorating William Day d. 1881

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM DAY aged 31 drowned from the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea Oct 14 1881'

Details

Type: Memorial tile

People

Day, William
Age: 31
Date of Death: 14/10/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial at Scarborough, to fisherman Thomas Eves d.1869. Lost in smack ‘John Wesley’.

Location

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'THOMAS EVES who was lost at sea with all hands Oct 28 1869 aged 50 years'

Details

Vessel: 'John Wesley'

People

Eves: Thomas, Thomas
Age: 50
Date of Death: 28/10/1869
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The fishing smack 'John Wesley was lost in a storm off Scarborough with all hands on 28 November 1869.

St Katherine's Church, Canvey Island, Essex, England

Gravestone at St Katherine’s Church, Canvey Island, Essex, commemorating Ebenezer Mather d. 1927

Location

St Katherine's Church, Canvey Island, Essex, England

Transcript

'In affectionate memory of "The Fishermen's Friend" EBENEZER JOSEPH MATHER Founder of the Royal National Mission to the Deep Sea Fishermen called home on December 23rd 1927 aged 78 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Near west end of church

People

Mather, Ebenezer Joseph
Age: 78
Date of Death: 23/12/1927
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen

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