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LORELLA H455
Built
1947
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
181320
Length Ft
170.8
Tons Gross
559
Yard Number
785
Breadth Ft
29.2
Tons Net
202
Launched
20 Aug 1947
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Hp
925 IHP
Registered
12 Nov 1947
Knots
13.5 K
Registered LORELLA H455 Owners 1947 - 1955 City Steam Fishing Co Ltd Hull
    Owners  
Fate : 26 Jan 1955 Lost Iceland, overwhelmed answering distress call from Kingston Garnet
 
LANCELLA H290 left her safe haven to search for the Hull vessels RODERIGO and LORELLA

Fact File

The LORELLA was nicknamed " LUCY " because of her big catches.

 

       
Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
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BAILEY ALFRED 34 LORELLA H455 . Spare Hand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 17 Strickland St . . . .
BLACKSHAW JAMES STEPHEN 46 LORELLA H455 . Skipper 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 272 Pickering Rd . . . .
COLLINS HAROLD 45 LORELLA H455 . Third Hand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 26 Northholme Crt Hessle . . . .
DICKINSON WILLIAM 19 LORELLA H455 . Deckie Learner 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 13 Duddon Grove Longhill . . . .
FULLER JOSEPH 50 LORELLA H455 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 20 Devon St . . . .
GORNALL CHARLES E 57 LORELLA H455 . Deck Hand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 232 St Georges Rd Hull . . . .
HALL GEORGE . LORELLA H455 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 70 Askew Ave Hull . . . .
HOBSON GEORGE . LORELLA H455 . W/T Operator 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 40 Claremont Ave Hull . . . .
HOLLIDAY EDWIN . LORELLA H455 . Fireman / Trimmer 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 1 Bonfield Tce Walcott St Hull . . . .
HUNTER ERNEST 41 LORELLA H455 . Mate .26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 238 Hull Rd Hessle . . . .
MOORE PATRICK 22 LORELLA H455 . Spare Hand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
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NEIL JOHN S 60 LORELLA H455 . Chief Engineer 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 244 Willerby Rd Hull . . . .
ROE LESLIE 43 LORELLA H455 . Cook 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 4 Pitts Tce Hotham St Hull . . . .
SALMON ARTHUR T 32 LORELLA H455 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . Alexander Tce Barnsley St Hull . . . .
SPICER ARTHUR 29 LORELLA H455 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . St Davids Tce Scarborough St . . . .
SUTTON THOMAS 40 LORELLA H455 . Fireman / Trimmer 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 48 Division Rd Hull . . . .
THOMAS ARTHUR 49 LORELLA H455 . Second Engineer 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . Westbourne St . . . .
TRANMER MICHAEL 19 LORELLA H455 . Cook Assistant 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 26 Evans Sq Walton St . . . .
WILDBORE E G HAROLD 43 LORELLA H455 . Bosun 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 10 Gordon Ave Westbourne St . . . .
WILSON RAYMOND 20 LORELLA H455 . Deckhand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
. . . 48 Division Rd . . . .
WROE PATRICK 22 LORELLA H455 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Foundered Iceland lost with all hands
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GREEN FRANK . LORELLA H455 . Chief Engineer 1955 left the vessel prior to her sailing and the vessels loss , Frank had also been Chief engineer aboard the Lady Jeanette but had taken that fatefull trip off, his replacement perished.
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The worst post war trawling disaster for the Hull Fleet was to come early in 1955 when the Hull fleet fishing off Iceland was to meet some of the severest weather they had encountered. On Jan 23 the weather started to deteriorate and gale force winds were blowing bring with it freezing ice conditions, Most vessels had headed for shelter in Icelandic ports however the Hull Trawler Kingston Garnet H106 under skipper Norman Trolle found herself at sea in these conditions, which was made seriously worse by a warp wire foulling her propeller. She gave out a distress call. The Hull trawlers Lorella and Roderigo were sailing together as the Lorella`s radar had broken, due to the worsening weather at the time they also were heading for shelter and were only four miles from a safe haven, but immediately changed course  and went to assist the kingston Garnet. On the 24th the Kingston Garnet managed to free her own propeller and headed for safety, when arriving at her given position the Lorella and Roderigo found nothing and was unaware she was heading to safety. In hurricane condition`s the two trawlers decided it was too dangerous to try to turn so they headed into the wind to dodge, freezing ice was building up on the superstructure of the vessels, and conditions made it impossible to clear the ice. late on the 24th the Roderigo in a radio transmission stated she was icing up badly which was also causing difficulty in handling and keeping the vessel head to wind.

After a night of heading into the hurricane winds and freezing conditions on the 25th the two vessels communicated their conditions to each other, Lorella said to Roderigo"'Weather is very bad, having to go full speed to keep up in wind, continuous snow and freezing." the Lorella was also experiencing the same difficulties by now the skippers of both vessels had expected a change to the conditions, rather a drop in the wind or a slight increase in temperature which would give them the conditions to ride out the remainder of the storm. The weather did not abate and the two vessels continued heading into the gale force winds for a further 24 hours. On 26 January 1955, Lorella said "Boat deck solid with frozen snow. Lads digging it out since breakfast. Terrible lot on bridge top and they are going out there in daylight if possible" Roderigo replied "Same here, and the whaleback is a solid mass."

As the two vessels struggled for survival in the attrocious conditions, they maintained contact till the last moments, the Roderigo transmitted her condition to the Lorella unaware that she was in a far worse situation.

14.21 Roderigo " One side of our aerial is down, weather very bad and freezing.

14.36 Lorella "Heeling over."

14.39 "Lorella going down, heeling over. Lorella going down, heeling over."

All transmitions from the Lorella then ceased the Roderigo a newer bigger vessel still headed into the wind fighting for her own survival.

15.53 Roderigo " Calling all ships. We are now taking heavy water."

16.30 " Aerials now icing up."

16.45 " Can anyone take a bearing on this frequency?" The Lancella was now monitoring the plight of the vessels from her safe haven and replied " Bearing as near as we can say N.E."

16.50 Roderigo said to Lancella " Come to us. Position becoming serious now."

16.52 Lancella to Roderigo: " We are coming to you."

An American aircraft from the USAF base on Iceland now asked Lancella for the the Roderigo's position.

Lancella replied: Roderigo's is ninety miles N.E of Iceland North Cape. Wind N.E force 11-12. Visibility nil to one cable.

Aircraft to Roderigo: "What are you intentions?"

17.04 Roderigo " No intentions. Going further over. No visibility. Still going over to starboard."

17.05: "Still going over to starboard, cannot get her back."

17.08:" Still going over, going over."

17.09: Roderigo going over was repeated in morse until, after three minutes the transmissions ceased

True to her word the Lancella left her safe haven and with a determined bravery headed to search for the missing vessels, she searched to no avail and on the 27th give up all hope of finding the vessels or any survivors. A life-raft belonging to the Roderigo was later recovered on the 2nd Feb, the two vessels had iced up in the severe conditions and unable to chop the ice away the vessels had become top heavy causing them to take on water and capsize. 40 men lost their lives.