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DORBIE H361
Built
1917
Cochranes Selby
Off Number
144120
Length Ft
135.0
Tons Gross
304
Yard Number
673
Breadth Ft
23.5
Tons Net
122
Launched
Aug 1917
Draught
12.3
Hp
87 HP
Registered
Engine Builder
Amos & Smith
Knots
K
  T 19 Owners 1917 Built for Russian Imperial Navy
  POLEAXE Owners 03 Aug 1918 Admiralty
  DORBIE H361 Owners 29 12 1921 Registered Hull - Kelsall Brothers & Beeching
    Register 08 02 1932 Hull Register closed total loss
Fate : 09 Jan 1932 Wrecked Tor Ness Orkney Islands
Admiralty
Pennant No
Role
Sold
1918
4335
Minesweeper
July 1921
After been built for Russian Owners the Poleaxe was seized in the White Sea on 03 Aug 1918, she was then converted to a minesweeper and commisioned into the RN.
 

 

GALLANT RESCUE

09 Jan 1932 The Hull Trawler Dorbie homeward bound from the fishing grounds struck the rocks off Torness point in the Pentland Firth at approximately 6.30pm during a southerly 80 MPH Hurricane and became a total loss, after the rocks pierced her bottom and she filled with water. The trawler ran ashore in the darkness and the coastguards and life saving brigade with the lifeboats had difficulty locating the vessel. The crew were only able to get one signal rocket away due to the others been swamped, this was observed by a local shepherd, who raised the alarm and the farmers of Hoy lit big bonfires to show up the wrecked vessel. The Longhope lifeboat was launched in tremendous seas and made her way across the Pentland Firth , to go to the assistance of the grounded trawler. The Stromness Lifeboat was also alerted by telephone and set off with rocket apparatus in the teeth of the gale. In pitch darkness the vessel was pitching violently on the rocks, and in danger of turning completely over at any time. There wer heavy snow squall and driving rain as waves dashed over the vessel. The ships lifeboat was launched but was immediately swamped and smashed to pieces in the rough seas, the lights on the trawler went out at around 8.30pm leaving the crew in total darkness. The skipper ordered "Everyman for himself " So three men ( Waddy, Bullock and Tindall ) tried to swim ashore, but this was impossible in the rocky huge seas, although they were eventually washed ashore by the large waves, due to exhaustion the three men needed medical attention, Bullock injuring his ribs and foot also. They were taken to the local farmhouses were they spent most of the night. One of the engineers remaining aboard the vessel feared the boiler would blow, so went down into the engine room to place more water into the boiler. The men that remained aboard sheltered in the wheelhouse. The Longhope lifeboat after struggling through the mountainous seas, eventually located and arrived at the vessel approximately five hours after the grounding, which had now turned on her side, saved the other eight crewmen, who walked along the vessels side to the lifeboat, but all were in an exhausted state and suffering from exposure due to their light clothing. The crewmen stayed at the Longthorpe hotel for two nights and were taken via scapa to Kirklwall and then onto Aberdeen were they boarded a train for Hull.

The Longhope Lifeboat, of which John Swanson Coxswain was awarded Silver Second-Service Clasp for the rescue of eight of the crew of the trawler 'Dorbie' of Hull wrecked at Tor Ness on 9 January. It was a dangerous and trying service skilfully and gallantly carried out.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BEETHAM A . DORBIE H361 . Trimmer 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding - also listed as BEETON
  . . Lister St Hull . . . .
BULLOCK A W . DORBIE H361 . Third Hand 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding
. . . 56 Beecroft St Hull . . . .
DAINES A . DORBIE H361 . Cook 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding
. . . 38 Freehold St Hull . . . .
HARRIS H A . DORBIE H361 . Mate 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding - Had the choice to join the Dorbie or the ill fated Girdleness so considered himself lucky.
. . . Clarebrook Ave Eton St . . . .
HOULDEN SIDNEY ERNEST. 22 DORBIE H361 . Sparehand 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding - First trip aboard a trawler and the vessel grounded on his birthday. Brother in law to Joseph Tindall aboard
. . . 6 Crystal Ave Massey St . . . .
MASON J H 45 DORBIE H361 . Skipper 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding after serving 20 years as a Mate only recently received his skippers ticket.
. . . 5 Cedar Grove New St Hull . . . .
TINDALL JOSEPH 18 DORBIE H361 . Deckhand 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding - Brother in law to Sidney Houlden aboard
. . . 6 Crystal Ave Massey St . . . .
WADDY A . DORBIE H361 . Sparehand 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding
. . . 7 Boynton St Hull . . . .
WHITEHEAD JOHN ARTHUR . DORBIE H361 . Second Engineer 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding
. . . 29 Boynton St Hull . . . .
WHITFIELD A J . DORBIE H361 . Bosun 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding
. . . 5 Ions Ave Villa Place Hull . . . .
WILSON JOHN HENRY 52 DORBIE H361 . Chief Engineer 09 Jan 1932 Survivor of grounding - Fishing for 30 yrs
. . . 54 Witty St Hessle road . . . .
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