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Hull Steam Trawler Losses Close to Home.

The map below is not to scale and some of the vessel positions are not accurate but this gives a rough indication of the losses and vessels involved.

Note : The Prime Minister which retained her Hull registration was fishing from Scarborough at the time of her loss.

We can see by the diagram that the two places which would see the most fatalities would be the cliffs off Bempton North of Flamborough and the area off Ravenscar to the south of Robin Hoods Bay. In most of the cases the vessels were returning from the fishing grounds and after spending over 2 weeks at sea foundered in sight of their home port. Both of these area`s are renowned for thick fog banks and of the quickness that the wind and sea can suddenly change, putting a vessel into a dangerous situation very rapidly. In both these areas in the early days they were virtually inaccessible to the life boats of the time, there was the added disability of having to row a lifeboat for many hours trying to find a vessel in the darkness of the night, quite often a vessel would be found by the rocket brigade well before the arrival of a lifeboat, but due to the sheer nature of the cliffs in these areas crews soon perished as their vessels were pounded against the rocks.

There have also been several losses in the Humber itself, which is renown as one of the most dangerous estuaries in the world, the Reefflower H86, Lady Jeanette H466, St Delphine H380. All three fore mentioned vessels sank close to the fish dock itself and all was within 4 months of each other. Previous to the 3 mentioned there was the tragedy of the Edgar Wallace also in the Humber and the Singapore which collided with HMS Adventure..

Steam Vessel Losses in the Humber Estuary
Date
Vessel
Lives Lost
12 Jan 1920 SINGAPORE H505
6
9th Jan 1935 EDGAR WALLACE H262
15
11 Dec 1938 REEFLOWER H86
None
08 Mar 1939 LADY JEANETTE H466
9
9th Mar 1939 St DELPHINE H 380
3