Category Archives: Fishing

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


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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. Image from contemporary postcard.
Recorder: Christine Parkes, David Saunders, Barbara Tomlinson

Old Parish Church burial ground, Wick, Highlands, Scotland

Gravestone at Old Parish Church burial ground, Wick commemorating John Maskell of Greenwich, Kent d. 1802

Location

Old Parish Church burial ground, Wick, Highlands, Scotland

Transcript

[Not exact] 'John Maskell of Greenwich, Kent wrecked in his fishing smack 'Prince of Wales' of London in Sinclair's Bay 8 January 1802 in his 60th year'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: 'Prince of Wales'

People

Maskell, John
Age: 60
Date of Death: 8/1/1802
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

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Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Gravestone at Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk commemorating Ernest Budds d. 1909

Location

Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'ERNIE son of WILLIAM & ELIZA BUDDS was drowned from the smack 'Westward Ho' April 17 1909 aged 16'.

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Plot 12
Vessel: 'Westward Ho'

People

Budds, Ernest Sidney
Age: 16
Date of Death: 17/4/1909
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: From Padstowe.

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: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

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

Photographer: P Lacey

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Headstone at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Fife commemorating Alexander Wallace Brown RNR d. 1920

Location

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

'ERECTED / BY / ANNIE WALLACE BROWN / IN MEMORY OF HER FATHER / ALEXANDER WALLACE BROWN, / FISHERMAN-SCIENTIST, AND OF THE NAVY / AND NAVAL RESERVE, / BORN 27TH MARCH 1844, DIED 16TH JUNE 1920; / CUSTODIAN AND INVALUABLE AID ON LAND / AND SEA AT THE GATTY MARINE LABORATORY / OF THE UNIVERSITY FOR 36 YEARS. / AND HER MOTHER / ANNIE BROWN, / BORN 15TH JULY 1844, DIED 25TH OCTOBER 1928. / JAMES / HIS SON DROWNED IN THE HARBOUR OF / St ANDREWS 10TH MARCH 1880, AGED 12 YEARS. / HIS YOUNGER SON/ ALEXANDER / BORN FEBRUARY 1873, DIED JUNE 1929. / IN READING P.A; U.S.A. / AND / ANNIE WALLACE BROWN / DIED 19TH FEBRUARY 1960, AGED 84 YEARS. / ONLY REMEMBERED BY WHAT YOU HAVE DONE'

Details

Description: Headstone with triangular top, in unpolished light grey granite, sitting on a granite base. Lead lettering. Good sound condition.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Granite

People

Brown, Aexander Wallace
Age: 76
Date of Death: 16/6/1920
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman; Scientist
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Navy

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Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial at Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, to fisherman Thomas Eves d. 1869 in the loss of the 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.
Recorder: Alex Chatwin 1980

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

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1969

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Edward Neale d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'EDWARD NEALE / aged 24 / Native of Gt Bromley / lost in the Smack ‘Conquest’/ in the North Sea / March 6 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Conquest

People

Neale, Edward
Age: 24
Date of Death: 6/3/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

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

Photographer: P Lacey

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Memorial at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, Suffolk commemorating Samuel Waters, d.1879

Location

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'Samuel WATERS (Fisherman of Southwold) died 5 Feb 1879 aged 76 years'

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Waters, Samuel
Age: 76
Date of Death: 5/2/1879
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1967