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NORMAN H289
Built
1943
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
181272
Length Ft
175.0
Tons Gross
579
Yard Number
708
Breadth Ft
30.0
Tons Net
181
Launched
23 01943
   
Hp
1000 HP
Registered
15 05 1943
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
11 K
Registered H.M.T BOMBARDIER T304 Owners 1943 - 1946 Admiralty Service
Renamed NORMAN H289 Owners 1946 Hellyer Bros Hull
    Adjusted 629 G tons - 244 N tons
    Owners 01 03 1948 Northern Fishing Co Ltd Hull
    Owners  
Fate : 04 Oct 1952 Wrecked Greenland
Admiralty
Pennant No
Role
Sold
1943
T304
Military Class
1946
 


IN REMEMBERANCE OF CREWMEN WHO DIED AT SEA
Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth
Occupation
Date of Death
Detail
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BERG ARTHUR 43 NORMAN H289 . Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 .1 Ivy-grove, Subway St, Hull
BROWN CYRIL 44 NORMAN H289 . Cook 04 Oct 1952 .Holborn St, Witham
CLARK WILLIAM . NORMAN H289 . Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 .8 Belle Vue Crescent, Harrow St
CONROY GEORGE 28 NORMAN H289 . W/T Operator 04 Oct 1952 .45 Albany St, Hull
COWLAM JOHN 37 NORMAN H289 . Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 .19 Cadogan St
DUKES JACK 39 NORMAN H289 . Skipper 04 Oct 1952 .36, Subway St, Hull
EDDOM FRANK 27 NORMAN H289 . Mate 04 Oct 1952 .104 Rosamond St
GREGORY GEORGE 20 NORMAN H289 . Deckie Learner 04 Oct 1952 .Cumberland Ave, Eton St
KEMBER HENRY 48 NORMAN H289 . Bosun 04 Oct 1952 .86 Selby St
LACHANUDIS NICHOLAS 36 NORMAN H289 . Chief Engineer 04 Oct 1952 77 Selby St
OTTLEY FRANK 38 NORMAN H289 . Bosun 04 Oct 1952 45 Butterfield Rd,Hessle
REDFORD JOHN 29 NORMAN H289 . Third Hand 04 Oct 1952 .16 Alfred St, Hull.
RENDER THOMAS 32 NORMAN H289 . Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 26 Coxwold Grove
RUMKEE HAROLD 20 NORMAN H289 . Cook Asst 04 Oct 1952 .2 Colenso Ave, Holland St
STAINES ROBERT 44 NORMAN H289 . Second Engineer 04 Oct 1952 54 Tadman St
TAYLOR JOHN 36 NORMAN H289 . .Fireman 04 Oct 1952 .8 Beaumont Grove, St.George's Rd
TUNSTALL ALBERT 30 NORMAN H289 . .Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 .3 Ethel Grove, Liverpool St
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Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
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STAINES ROBERT 44 NORMAN H289 . Second Engineer 04 Oct 1952 Lost with 19 other crewmen when vessel stranded
. . . 54 Tadman St Hull . . . .
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WELDRICK GEORGE 33 NORMAN H289 . Fireman 04 Oct 1952 .Lost with 19 other crewmen when vessel stranded
. . . 88 Second Ave North Hull . . . .
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WHELAN PATRICK 38 NORMAN H289 . Fireman 04 Oct 1952 Lost with 19 other crewmen when vessel stranded
. . . 58 Marmaduke St . .
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WHITE WALTER 21 NORMAN H289 . .Sparehand 04 Oct 1952 .Lost with 19 other crewmen when vessel stranded
. . . 14 Princes Ave Hull . . . .
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Grounding of the Norman H289

There had been very little fishing by Hull Trawlers at this time of the year off Cape Farwell but as circumstances in the industry changed vessels were been sent to Greenland, a largly uncharted fishing ground with dangerous cliffs and rocks - icebergs. The foundering of the Norman would see a court case regarding payments to the relatives ensue.

The Hull Trawler Norman left St Andrew's Dock on 17th September 1952 under the command of Skipper Jack Dukes after 19 days fishing off Cape Farewell the Norman headed for home. It was reported: "She was riding the seas at half speed, her bows dipping into them and rising in huge clouds of spray. At about 2am on Saturday 04 Oct 1952 in thick fog she grounded on a submerged reef which would later be known as Norman Rock. The Norman immediately sent out a distress call and attempted to launch the lifeboats of which the port side boat was wrecked by a breaking sea as they tried to launch it, the starboard lifeboat was flooded and overturned. As the Norman took on a list the crew fearing she would slip into deep water and sink abandoned her by jumping into the water. With a strong running tide only nine men managed to reach the temporary safety of nearby rocks and a young deckie learner named Norman Spencer was among the group, and over a period of 11 hours he was washed off the rocks four times on the final occasion managing to reach the safety of land, he later spotted the Norwegian salvage ship Poseidon and had to swim out to her becomming the sole survivor, all his fellow crewmen been washed off the rocks or succumbing to the effects of hypothermia.

Several other vessels answered the distress call some fellow Hull Trawlers but they too where hampered by the weather conditions and could not get close to the wreck, eight bodies in total were recovered from the sea by the Thornella H582 one been that of skipper Jack Dukes. Skipper Charlie O`Neil of the Thornella packed the bodies in ice on the boat deck and brought them to Caithness where they continued on to Hull by train. When the weather abated and the fog lifted it was found that the Norman had remained on the reef and had the crew remained aboard there was a good chance that they would have survived.

The Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor A. K. Jacobs, issued a statement: "The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress (Mrs F. Russell) convey their deepest sympathy to the dependents and relatives of those gallant men who lost their lives in the cause of their calling as seafaring men. The hearts of all citizens in this Third Port in the country are with those who are left behind to remember their men".

 

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
. . . . . Skipper . .
SPENCER NORMAN 19 NORMAN H289 . Deckhand 04 Oct 1952 Sole Survivor of sinking
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