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RODERIGO H135
Built
1950
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
183449
Length Ft
189.1
Tons Gross
810
Yard Number
824
Breadth Ft
32.2
Tons Net
289
Launched
02 June 1050
Depth  
Hp
1100 IHP
Registered
15 Sept 1950
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
12.9 K
Registered PRINCESS ELIZABETH H135 Owners 1950 - 1951 St Andrews Steam Fishing Co Ltd
Renamed RODERIGO H135 Owners 06 04 1951 Devon Fishing Co Ltd Hull - renamed 12 04 51
    Owners 31 01 1952 Hellyer Brothers Ltd
Fate : 26 Jan 1955 Lost Iceland, overwhelmed assisting Kingston Garnet
 
LANCELLA H290 left her safe haven to search for the Hull vessels RODERIGO and LORELLA

 

 First British Trawler fitted with fishmeal plant in forecastle, crew accommadation aft and amidship for a total of 37 crewmen

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
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ABBOTT WILLIAM . H 40 RODERIGO H135 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 4 Blanche Crt Brighton St . . . .
ANDREASEN FINN . B . RODERIGO H135 . Mate 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 214 Hessle Rd . . . .
ATHERTON RONALD J 29 RODERIGO H135 . Cook 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 20 Andrew Marvel Tce Wyke St . . . .
BEAUMONT EDWARD 15 RODERIGO H135 . Cook Assistant 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 126 Caledon Close Bilton Grange Est . . . .
BLANCHARD LAURIE 40 RODERIGO . Fireman 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives - Son of William Blanchard Lost at sea from the Hull Trawler Sabrina
. . . 16 .Marmaduke St Hull . . . .
COVERDALE GEORGE 40 RODERIGO H135 . Skipper 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 108 Spring Gdns Anlaby Common . . . .
DIXON LESLIE . RODERIGO H135 . Spare Hand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 14 Marmaduke St Hull . . . .
FOOT RICHARD 16 RODERIGO H135 . Deckie Learner 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 34 Walcott St . . . .
GOMERSALL EDWARD 53 RODERIGO H135 . Fireman / Trimmer 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 8 Orion Tce Gillett St . . . .
HOODLESS HAROLD 39 RODERIGO H135 . Spare Hand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 16 Aylesford St Hull . . . .
JOLLY RONALD J 26 RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 28 Humber Buildings Madeley Street . . . .
LEADLEY GEORGE 37 RODERIGO H135 . W/T Operator 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . Buttfield Rd . . . .
MOONEY ARTHUR 44 RODERIGO H135 . Third Hand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 9 Walcott Street . . . .
OSBORNE HAROLD 38 RODERIGO H135 . Bosun 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 5 Chiltern Villas Division Rd . . . .
RONALD JACK . RODERIGO H135 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 9 Ernest Tce Nornabell St Hull . . . .
ROSE JOHN R 19 RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 35 Newton St Hull . . . .
SABBERTON RICHARD 44 RODERIGO H135 . Chief Engineer 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 4 St Nicholas Gdns . . . .
SEDDON ROBERT . RODERIGO H135 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
SEDDEN . . Caledon Close Bilton Grange Hull . . . .
WALKER JAMES 37 RODERIGO H135 . Second Engineer 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . 35 .Newton St Hull . . . .
WILKINSON JOSEPH P 24 RODERIGO H135 . Sparehand 26 Jan 1955 Vessel Foundered off Iceland with the loss of all lives
. . . .6 Blake St . . . .
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HOODLESS HAROLD . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .( HARRY ) Lost with vessel
LEADLEY GEORGE . RODERIGO H135 . W/T Operator June 1953 Lost with vessel
TIDSWELL JIM . RODERIGO H135 . Bosun June 1953 .
CARMICHAEL WILFRED . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
HAMMOND JOHN 17 RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
MASON ERNEST FREDERICK . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
SOULSBY ERNEST FREDERICK . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
GROVES MICHAEL . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
SIMPSON JOHN . RODERIGO H135 . Deckhand June 1953 .
MINNS WALT . RODERIGO H135 . Fireman / Trimmer June 1953 .
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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.