Sunday 16th August 1914

Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse stops three steamships off  Tenerife and sinks two; the Kaipara and the Nyanga and their crews are taken off by the collier Arucas and landed at Las Palmas on the 28th. The Arlanza was stopped but released because of the passengers. The German boarding party smashed her radio but soon after her release her crew got her spare wireless working and notified the British cruiser Cornwall about the events.

The crew of the Grimsby trawler Tubal Cain, sunk on the 7th August are still held prisoner by the German ships.

Monday 17th  August 1914

 Buckie drifters who have gone to sea with 'made up' crews are ordered into Wick by warships. The crews approach local farmers asking for work on the forthcoming harvest.

Tuesday 18th August 1914

The insurance embargo has been lifted for the North Sea and most boats have resumed fishing.

Wednesday 19th  August 1914

 An official announcement by the Board of Trade confirms that a State backed insurance scheme for steam fishing boats has been finalised with the insurers and vessel owners.

 

Thursday 20th August 1914

 

Friday 21st August 1914
The first multiple loss of fishing boats took place on the night of 21st/22nd when they found themselves in the path of a German minelaying force. The German light cruisers Rostock and Strasbourg with the 6th Torpedo Boat Flotilla (TBF), supported by the light cruiser Hambourg and three U-boats made a sweep towards the Dogger Bank as far as the Outer Well Bank, 80 miles East of Flamborough Head. They captured and sank eight trawlers and took their crews as prisoners of war. The German flotilla returned to Wilhelmshaven later on the 22nd. The losses were as follows ( click on the boats name for a fuller history of that vessel):

BN 88 Julian captured by 6th TBF Destroyer V.160 and sunk with explosives off Dogger Bank

GY 750  Capricornus captured  by Strasbourg and sunk by explosives 85 miles E by N of Spurn

BN 32 Marnay captured by 6th TBF and sunk by explosives 85 miles E by N of Spurn

BN 81 Skirbeck captured by Hamburg and sunk by gunfire 120 miles from Heligoland

BN 19 Wigtoft captured by Hamburg and sunk by gunfire 120 miles from Heligoland

BN 31 Walrus captured by Hamburg and sunk by gunfire 120 miles from Heligoland

BN 96 Flavian captured by 6th TBF Destroyer V.158 and sunk by explosives 100 miles from Heligoland

BN 90 Indian captured by 6th TBF Destroyer V.158 and sunk by explosives 60 miles from Heligoland

 

Saturday  22nd August 1914

 See events of Friday/Saturday above.

A new French trawler was launched from the yard of Messers Alexander Hall & Co., Ltd. She was named the Uranus by Mrs Benzie the wife of Mr A Emslie Benzie one of the Directors of the builders. Dimensions; 130ft lbp., 23ft. b., 13.5ft. d.; fitted with engine and boilers by the builder;also fitted with steam steering gear, steam windlass, wireless telegraph and extra large crew accomodation.

Montrose Shipbuilding launched a steam drifter for Cullen owners. She is to be engined by Messers Legerwood, Coatbridge with boilers by Dalglish, Pollockshaws. During the weekend she left in tow of the Dundee tug Grange to be engined in that port.

A crewman, Thomas W Jenkinson, aged 50, was killed as aresult of an accident on the Scarborough drifter SH 215 Pride of Filey.