Sunday 30th August 1914

 The crew of the drifter John Salmon had a lucky escape. They struck a mine which 'exploded downwards' near their stern, doing no damage.

 

 

Monday 31st  August 1914

 Three large modern Ostend trawlers have based themselves at Milford Haven. Four Grimsby trawlers have also landed at Milford; the Berkshire, Devonshire, Chesire and Limewold.

 

Tuesday  1st September 1914

 The Grimsby trawler Fijian reported having taken a mine in her nets. The mine exploded but caused no damage to the trawler. Her gear however was 'blown to pieces'.

The Aberdeen trawler Raindrop arrived home with a badly damaged bow after a collision with a warship.

 

 

 

Wednesday  2nd September 1914

 

Hired Drifter Eyrie sunk by mine off Outer Dowsing, She was reported to have sunk in less than three minutes. Of the crew of eleven six were drowned and five saved. The casualties, all from Lowestoft, were:

Thomas Scarll

William Whiteing

Frederick Allen

Walter Bracey

William Slater

Robert Burch

Trawler GY Ajax sunk by mine off the mouth of the Humber

Trawler GY Fittonia sunk by mine 27 miles E by S from Spurn. She was reportedly returning to Grimsby with a large catch. Only two of her nine man crew survived, John Barnard, trimmer and Oxel Alsson, a Swede. They were landed at Scarborough by the steam drifter Prolific of Lowestoft.

The Grimsby trawler Pearl was reported to have saved 19 of the crew of a Danish steamer, the Kamma, which had been blown up by a mine. The Captain, Lohhler, his whole crew and his dog were saved.

 

 

 

Thursday 3rd September 1914

 Hired Drifter Lindsell sunk by mine off Outer Dowsing.

Friday 4th September 1914

 

 

 

Saturday  5th September 1914

The steam line fishing vessel Silanion and the trawlers  H 959 Euripides, GY 569 Prince Victor, H 394 Cameo and Straton come to the assistance of passenger ship Runo which has struck a mine in the Tyne minefield while in passage from Hull to Archangel with 237 passengers and 800 tons of cargo. The Euripides attempted to tow the Runo to the shore to allow her to be beached but she sank about 22 miles E by N of the Tyne. The fishng vessels manged to rescue most of the remaining passengers.

The press reported that the fishermen lined the decks of the boats throwing lines to the people struggling in the sea. James Campbell, mate of the Prince Victor, seeing the plight of women and children in the water tied a rope around himself and dived into the sea. He helped several of them to his ships side and tied ropes around them by which they were dragged aboard.

As skipper Wicks of the Stratton was steering amongst the wreckage the look out on his stem shouted that they were approaching two floating mines. "Can't help it", the skipper replied, "it's risk lives to save lives". At great risk to his boat and crew he manouvered along side an upturned lifeboat to which about a dozen people were clinging. As they reached a woman with her child in her arms lost her grasp and fell back into the water. Seeing her plight the Chief Engineer, James Rannard dived, fully dressed, into the sea and supported them until a line was thrown from his boat.

On March 12th., 1915 the Scotsman Newspaper reported that the King had awarded the Silver Medal for gallantry at sea to the following skippers for their rescue of almost all the passengers of the Runo:

Ambrose Ernest Fisher, skipper of H 959 Euripides of Hull

Frederick Wollaston, skipper of H 394 Cameo of Hull

William Flett, skipper of GY 1284 Silanion of Grimsby

Henry Wicks, skipper of GY 208 Straton of Grimsby.

Mark Howard, skipper of GY 569 Prince Victor of Grimsby.