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Grimsby's Lost Ships of WW1

"Shipwrecks of the River Humber Area", a Diving Group are investigating Grimsby's Lost Ships of WW1. A Lottery Funded Project to find and record details of up to 30 ships, believed to be within the range of the group's dive boat.

The 30 selected ships are listed below with links to details of their loss and associated casualties. The details are supplied from "Grimsby's Great War at Sea - Grimsby Vessels Lost, Damaged or Captured and the Fate of their Crews" a research project, originally from an idea for a website, but currently being transcribed into a book format for publication. Last year I was invited to join the Lost Ships' project and share my research on those selected ships. I was pleased to accept because both projects have a common goal, which is to ensure that Grimsby's Great War effort at sea, and the service and sacrifice of many Grimsby fishermen will be remembered. These fishermen manned the minesweepers, auxiliary patrol vessels and armed escorts to troop ships and convoys. They carried out many other tasks around the coast of Britain and other war zones. Those not called, continued to fish in the same hostile waters, refusing to give way to the enemy's constant attempts to prevent them doing so.

At present I have identified 346 Grimsby registered vessels that were lost, damaged or captured, most of the captured vessels were sunk after their crews had been taken as prisoners of war, or set adrift in open boats. Of the crews, I have details of more than 2,000 men (the number continues to grow): 1,260 of them lost their lives (including 620 fishermen), and 280 were prisoners of war.

Not forgetting the Sea Fishing Apprentices of Grimsby - this much maligned system (I don't subscribe to the negative view), produced many fine seamen, and many of those made skipper a much respected status in the town. I have a post war list of 350 Skippers that served, of which 132 were former Sea Fishing Apprentices. There are many forgotten stories that should be remembered. I believe these projects will help bring this about.
Terence Munson.

Any additional information would welcome from anyone whose ancestors served on Grimsby's vessels and any photographs to share would be a bonus!

Feedback welcome. To email click: LOSTGW

Update 1st April 2017
During January 2017 I added another 350 Grimsby casualties (and by 1st April 2017 this number had increased to 445), who died while serving on vessels from other ports and on Grimsby trawlers that were not lost. I believe I have found most, but probably not every last one of the Grimsby men who served at sea and lost their lives during the Great War. I have had to draw a line at this point to press on with preparing the work for publication. That said I would welcome enquiries from anyone who believes their ancestor was a casualty on a Grimsby registered vessel or Grimsby casualty on a vessel from another port during the Great War, to check that he is included by using the contact link above.

Additions See this addition to 1916: 5 November 1916 H.M. Trawler KNOT Admiralty No.683

05 April 2017 Research from the "Listening Post", Great War Event St. Peters, Cleethorpes:
17 October 1917 H.M. Trawler RUBY Admiralty No.2970

Terence Munson
01 July 2017 Another research query:
18 January 1918 H.M. Trawler GAMBRI Admiralty No.1263

31 July 2017 Another research query:
6 June 1915 S.S. IMMINGHAM Pennant No. Y8. 50

The List

To navigate the site use the site links above or click on vessel names in the list.

(1) 2 September 1914. S.T. FITTONIA GY 390
Mined 27 miles E.N.E. off Spurn.

(2) 2 September 1914. S.T. AJAX GY 18
Mined about 29 miles E. 3/4 N. of Spurn.

(3) 7 September 1914. S.T. REVIGO GY 296
Mined 25 miles E. 1/2 N. of Spurn Lightship.

(4) 22 Sept. 1914 S.T. KILMARNOCK GY 454.
Mined 31 miles E. of Spurn Point.

(5) 23 September 1914 S.T. REBONO GY 731
Mined 26 miles E. by N. of Spurn Point.

(6) 8 February 1918 S.T. STRATON GY 694
Mined 26 miles E. from the Humber Light Vessel.

(7) 15 August 1917 F.V. ALICE GY 541
Sunk by U-boat off the Humber.

(8) 28 June 1917 Fishing Vessel ELSIE GY 530
Sunk by U-boat 10 miles N.E. of Spurn Point.

(9) 28 June 1917 Steam Yacht FRANCES GY 903
Sunk by U-boat 10 miles N.E. of Spurn Point.

(10) 28 June 1917 S.S. HARBINGER GY 880
Sunk by U-boat 18 miles off Spurn Point.

(11) 28 June 1917 F. V. ROSE OF JUNE GY 515
Sunk by U-boat 10 miles N.E. of Spurn Point.

(12) 28 June 1917 F. V. FRIGATE BIRD GY 591
Sunk by U-boat off Flamborough Head.

(13) 14 April 1916 H.M. Trawler ALBERTA Admiralty No.7
Mined off Grimsby in Admiralty Service.

(14) 14 April 1916 H.M. Trawler ORCADES Admiralty No. 40
Mined off Grimsby in Admiralty Service.

(15) 25 August 1916 S.T. EQUINOX GY 461
Missing, presumed mined 39 miles S.E. by E. from the Humber Light Vessel

(16) 23 Sept. 1916 S.T. ANDROMEDA GY 781
Sunk by U-boat 39 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(17) 23 Sept. 1916 S.T. BRITANNIA III GY 410
Sunk by U-boat 42 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(18) 23 September 1916 S.T. PHOENIX GY 21
Sunk by U-boat 45 miles E.S.E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(19) 23 September 1916 S.T. REFINO GY 1271
Sunk by U-boat 39 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(20) 23 September 1916 S.T. VIELLA GY 816
Sunk by U-boat 38 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(21) 24 September 1916 S.T. REGO GY 1239
Sunk by U-boat 40 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(22) 24 September 1916 S.T. WEELSBY GY 299
Sunk by U-boat 40 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(23) 24 September 1916 S.T. RESTLESS GY 379
Sunk by U-boat 41 miles S.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(24) 7 July 1918 F.V. ALBION GY 1130
Sunk by U-boat 25 miles E. 3/4 N. from Spurn Point.

(25) 24 Sept. 1916 S.T. DEVONSHIRE GY 766
Sunk by U-boat 33 miles N.E. 1/2 N. of Spurn Light Vessel

(26) 4 October 1916 S.T. JERSEY GY 184
Sunk by U-boat 16 miles N.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(27) 4 October 1916 S.T. RADO GY 1272
Sunk by U-boat 15 miles N.E. by E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(28) 4 Oct. 1916 M.F.V. JENNIE BULLAS GY 921
Sunk by U-boat 14 miles E.N.E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(29) 5 October 1916 ROVER GY 621
Sunk by U-boat 10 miles E.N.E. of Spurn Light Vessel.

(30) 8 September 1915 S.T. DEVONIAN GY 89
Believed sunk by a mine 30 miles N.E. 1/2 N. of Spurn Light Vessel.