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SKEGNESS H 14
Built
1917
Smiths Dock South Bank
Off Number
143846
Length Ft
125.5
Tons Gross
275
Yard Number
719
Breadth Ft
23.4
Tons Net
107
Launched
17.10.17
Draught
12.8
Hp
61HP
Registered
30.11.17
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock
Knots
K
Registered JAMES PEAKE Owners 1917 - 1922 Built for Admiralty
Renamed   Owners After Admiralty Service Sold Lowestoft
  JAMES PEAKE H14 Owners 21 Feb 1924 Registered Hull
  ARAGONITE H14 Owners 05 03 1924 Re Named
  ARAGONITE H14 Owners 1926 - Kingston Steam Trawling Co Ltd Hull
    Owners 05 05 34 - Trident Fishing Co Ltd Hull- G A Ledger Manager
  SKEGNESS H14 Owners 08 05 34 - Renamed
Fate : 24th Sep 1935 Wrecked Speeton Cliffs York`s
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1917
3540
Anti-Submarine
1922
 

Fate : 24th Sep 1935 Wrecked Speeton Cliffs York`s, After runing aground on the notorious Speeton Cliffs the Skegness refused any assistance, it is believed that the skipper was sure she would refloat herself as the tide rose, eventually the Scarborough Lifeboat was called but was unable to reach the vessel, the rocket brigade made several attempts to get a line aboard, all were futile. with a rising tide and high winds the Skegness was soon overcome with the resulting loss of her whole crew.

On the 24th September 1935 the crew of the Hull trawler SKEGNESS were lost when the vessel was wrecked in a fierce gale at Speeton cliffs. Scarborough, Flamborough, & Filey Lifeboats were all launched but could not reach the vessel, and the Speeton Rocket Brigade could not get a line over it in time for the men to make fast. Apparently when the vessel went ashore, the Skipper thought he was in no immediate danger, and at first a lifeboat was not necessary, conditions became very much worse however, and eventually the vessel, heavily pounded by the waves, broke up. The eleven hands all perished in the tragedy.

The trawler went ashore under the 300 foot cliffs late on the night of 24th September in a terrific north-easterly gale. Unusual lights were seen under the cliff by Coastguards and the afore-mentioned lifeboats were launched in a raging sea. It was at first thought that more than one vessel was stranded. The trawler was on its way from the fishing grounds to its home port of Hull. The Skegness first sent a message, which was picked up by a Filey fisherman on his own wireless set. He is said to have heard a voice say, “Skegness calling all stations. Am grounded but am not in immediate danger.”

This was heard shortly after dark on that fateful night. Later a short message was heard after the gale had sprung up. “Skegness, calling all stations”. That was all that was heard.

The gale turned from fog into a full gale within 1 hour. Coastguards set out along the cliff to locate the vessel and she was found ashore near Bempton. The torrential rain, which was falling reduced visibility to a few yards, and the force of the wind made it impossible to stand on top of the cliff. The Rocket Brigade fired at least 5 rockets down to the vessel, but all were blown back. So great were the seas that the lifeboats could not approach near enough to give any assistance. After repeated efforts a line was got over the vessel but there appeared to be no signs of life. Huge waves were sweeping through the wheelhouse in which the crew had been seen earlier.

The crew of the Scarborough lifeboat made a second search for the stricken vessel and the Coxswain reported that “ the funnel and one of the masts had gone, and I cannot see how anybody could have stopped aboard unless lashed to the mast. The seas were breaking right over the vessel, which was in a bad position and was breaking up. We ran great risk in going close and could not see any sign of life and we were signalled from the cliff top to return.”

The wind & seas increased intensively and the trawler was driven over onto her side.

Shortly after midnight a light was seen in the wheelhouse, but the last radio signal from the Skegness was received shortly before 3 a.m. Searchlights on the cliff top showed there was very little of the trawler left above the water except the wheelhouse, in which were believed to be the crew. The funnel had been smashed and carried away.

The Rocket Brigade stated that from their position on the cliff top they could see the vessels crew huddled together in the wheelhouse. One crewman having a torch which he signalled with. This signalling ceased just before 4 a.m. By 6.30 a.m. there was little hope of any of the crew being still alive. Great waves were sweeping over the vessel as she took a pounding on the rocks, listing badly.

IN REMEMBERANCE OF CREWMEN WHO DIED AT SEA
Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth
Occupation
Date of Death
Detail
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COLECLOUGH WILLIAM 26 SKEGNESS H14 . Bosun 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
CONNINGHAM ALBERT R 40 SKEGNESS H14 . Sparehand 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
CRIMLISS JOSEPH L 18 SKEGNESS H14 . Sparehand 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
DALE THOMAS 24 SKEGNESS H14 . Third Hand 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
DYSON SAMUEL R 18 SKEGNESS H14 . Trimmer 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
FAIRCLOUGH THOMAS 29 SKEGNESS H14 . Mate 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
JOHNSON CHARLES M 50 SKEGNESS H14 . Second Engineer 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
KENNINGHAM ALBERT R 40 SKEGNESS H14 . Sparehand 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
TAYLOR SYDNEY 33 SKEGNESS H14 . Cook 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
WRIGHT RICHARD 28 SKEGNESS H14 . Skipper 24 Sept 1935 Vessel Wrecked Speeton Cliffs
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Surname
Christian
Age
Address / Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation / Relationship
Date/ Scource
Detail
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WRIGHT
RICHARD
28
SKEGNESS H14
Skipper
24 Feb 1935
Lost with all hands - stranded
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