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EDGAR WALLACE H 262
Built
1925
Cochranes Selby
Off Number
149042
Length Ft
140.3
Tons Gross
336
Yard Number
987
Breadth Ft
24.0
Tons Net
133
Launched
03 10 1925
Draught
13.1
Hp
96 HP
Registered
18 12 1925
Engine Builder
C D Holmes Hull
Knots
K
Registered EDGAR WALLACE H 262 Owners 18 12 1925 Newington Steam Fishing Co Ltd
    Owners  
Fate : 09 JAN 1935 Foundered in the River Humber
 

On the 9th Jan 1935 the Edgar Wallace entered the Humber after her 21 day trip to Bear Island, the crew were preparing to leave the vessel and would probably be getting their suits on and packing their bags below decks. It was a dark night and a very strong spring tide was running the Edgar Wallace had passed St Andrews dock while awaiting her turn to enter the dock as the river was extremely busy, she had steamed up to Hessle Sands. On making her way back to St Andrews Dock she nudged a sand bank with the stem of the vessel, the engines were kept running ahead hoping she would clear the bank, the strong flowing tide pushed the stern of the vessel around leaving her broadside on to the flowing tide, in a matter of moments before any further action could be taken the Edgar Wallace keeled over. As water rushed into the vessel she was unable to right herself the boiler fires were extinguished leaving the vessel in complete darkness with no power or generator.

Events occured so quickly there was little or no chance of the crew saving themselves, only those in a position to get away from the vessel did so, one climbing through a port hole, some were washed away by the strong flowing tide. 15 men lost their lives that night, a tradgedy that would occur again more than once, such is the severity of the River Humber. Clarry Wilcoxson after escaping the vessel and fighting for his life, was washed down stream, he was miraculously picked up unconscious after his faint cries were heared, his next recollection was waking up in the Bartholemhew Hospital Goole, He recalled the events as he felt the small bump as the vessel nudged the sandback, she then moved back into the channel and righted herself in the deep water, again she hit the sand bank and immediately started to keel over to an acute angle, an angle she would never revover from due to the amount of water rushing in from the strong tide and the fact that her fish hold was full, will have all played against the vessel righting herself. Clarry knew immediatley that the vessels situation was severe, he made his move and scrambled onto the top of the galley, he then took one of the lifebelts and climbed the mizzen mast. In the darkness you could hear the panick and screams of the crewmen trapped below as water swept into the vessel. Like other members of the crew Clarry was swept away by the strong tide but having the lifebelt and his faint screams for help saved his life that day. The Steamer Goole and the Angularity were both to pick up a survivor each, one man had been in the freezing waters of the Humber for 2 hours and another found clinging to a pound board was barely conscious from exhaustion and the cold. This would not be the end of the tragic loss of life, days later while a salvage team were working on the vessel aboard the tug Boatman she capsized the engineer died and became another Edgar Wallace fatality.

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
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DESMOND JOHN 21 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Sparehand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . Brunswick Ave St Georges Rd Hull . . . .
FISHER ALFRED 28 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Spare Hand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 18 Dee St Hull . . . .
FOWLER HORACE 39 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Second Engineer 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 204 St Georges Rd Hull . . . .
GIBBINS EDWIN 26 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Mate 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock - Edwin Gibbson 27 - news article
. . . 95 Eton St Hull . . . .
GREEN THOMAS 34 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Bosun 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 8 Elm Ave Eton St Hull . . . .
MALONEY JOHN 48 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Chief Engineer 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 8 Maud Parade Carlton St Hull . . . .
MARTIN DAVID 26 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Spare Hand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 52 Tadman St Hull . . . .
MATKIN CHARLES A 50 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Trimmer 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 4 Jane Terrace Jane St Hull . . . .
PECK CHARLES E 19 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Deckhand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 1 Norwood Beverley . . . .
STEVENSON JAMES 32 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Skipper 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. JOHN . 165 St Georges Rd Hull . . . .
THOMPSON HAROLD 44 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Trimmer 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 44 Percy Cottages Wheeler St Hull . . . .
THORNTON ARTHUR GEORGE 21 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Sparehand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock ( Robert ? )
. . . Compton Tce Norwood St Hull . . . .
TOMLINSON CLARENCE 17 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Deckhand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 5 York Ave, Liverpool St Hull . . . .
TOWNSEND CYRIL 29 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Third Hand 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock - T Townsend
. . . 4 Cavill Tce, Bean St Hull . . . .
WHITESIDE HARRY 24 EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Radio Operator 09 Jan 1935 Lost with 14 other crewmen off St Andrews Dock
. . . 4 Park View Askew Ave Hull . . . .
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VESSEY - JAMES - 66 - ( Tug Engineer ) James Vessey a 47 year veteran on salvage tugs was aboard the tug BOATMAN that was attemping salvage of the Edgar Wallace when she capsized. The tug master Capt Tomlinson and 2 other crew managed to scramble aboard a salvage lighter.
VESSEY JAMES 66 BOATMAN - TUG . Engineer Jan 1935 .
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CAMERON WILLIAM . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Spare Hand 09 Jan 1935 Survivor of sinking - After climbing through a port hole that was above water level he was picked up by SS William Cass and taken to goole
. . . 156 Coltman St Hull . . . .
HENDRICK CHARLES . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . . 09 Jan 1935 Survivor of sinking - Picked up by a motor-boat and landed at Keadby, Lincolnshire
. . . 7 Cornwall Gdns, Wellsted St,Hull . . . .
WILCOCKSON CLARRY W . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Cook 09 Jan 1935 Survivor of sinking - Picked up by a steamer and taken to Goole
. . . 10 Olive Grove, Harrow St, Hull . . . .
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LEONARD JOLLY . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . Skipper 1925 .
TAYLOR ROBERT . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . . 1932 .
RASBERRY ERNEST . EDGAR WALLACE H262 . . 1932 .
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