Sunday 6th September 1914

 Hull trawler H 250 Imperialist sunk by mine 40 miles ENE from Tyne.


Joe Wood, Skipper, Hull.

Thomas Jackson, Spare Hand, Hull.


J Gibbs, Mate.

J Dunham, Bosun.

E J Dumberline, Engineer.

W W Johnson, Engineer.

W Brian, Steward.

F Meyers,Deckhand.

J Copper, Deckhand.

C Balls, Deckhand.

E Berg, Deckhand.

E Harbard, Deckhand.




The Imperialist was almost home from a successful fishing trip at Iceland when she hit the mine. Her skipper, Joe Wood was well known and recognised as one of the most successful skippers on the East Coast.

Speaking on their return one of the injured survivors gave the following account of the tragedy. He had been in the fo'csle which was blown to pieces, when the explosion occurred and fell through into the chain locker. He rushed aft, with the boat sinking quickly and assisted other crew members to cut their small boat loose because they rackoned their would not be time to launch the boat normally. Five of them clambered aboard the small boat which floated clear as the trawler sank. They picked up another five crew members from the water. The last he saw of the skipper he was on the bridge as the ship turned over quickly and sank.

They searched the wreckage for some time but failed to find the missing men.

They then set course for the shore steering by the moon all night and wet, cold and hungry. In the morning they were sighted and rescued by the North Shields trawler SN 258 Rhodesia. The Rhodesia was to be sunk by a U Boat off the Tyne 1916 August 1st.

The horrific  experience was summed up: " Nobody can have the least idea what it is like getting blown up by a mine unless they have been through it. It's terrible and I don't want to be in another affair like that."



Monday  7th September 1914

 Grimsby trawler GY 296 Revigo sunk by mine 25 miles E 0.5 N from Spurn at 11 o'clock in the morning. The skipper and two engineers were injured but the whole crew were reported as saved by the Andromeda (probably GY 781).

A lifebouy belonging to the Grimsby trawler Ceylon has been picked up and it is reported that she is feared lost.


Tuesday 8th September 1914

 Returning from the fishing grounds, the Aberdeen based, Glasgow owned steam line fishing vessel GW 8 Glenogil observed distress signals from the armed merchant cruiser Oceanic which had grounded on Hoevdi Grund Rocks 2.5 miles E by S of South Ness, Foula in the Shetland Islands. The Oceanic had grounded at about 0100 in heavy seas and poor visibility.

The Glenogil and other vessels attempted to tow the Oceanic off but the tow ropes parted several times. The rescue vessels abandoned these attempts and in darkness and poor sea conditions Robert Armour skipper of the Glenogil brought her alongside the Oceanic and successfully rescued all of the crew whom they transferred to the armed merchant cruiser Alsatian. The number is variously recorded as 400 and 600.

This was an act of dramatic bravery and seamanship by the skipper and crew of the Glenogil.




Wednesday  9th September 1914

 The Grimsby trawler GY 26 Howe reported having picked up a mine in her nets which did not explode. She also reported seeing a ship blowing up some distance away. She had been unable to identify her.

The Liverpool steam trawler Jacana has been reported missing. She was last seen near Lapadie Bank 115 miles SW of The Smalls, Milford Haven.



Thursday 10th September 1914


Friday 11th September 1914

 It was reported that the crew of the Macduff drifter BF 632 Leonard  had performed a very difficult task in rescuing the Gardenstown drifter BF 169 Convallaria which gone aground near Scarborough. The crew of the Leonard had spent a large part of a day working up to thier shoulders in water in order to refloat the Convallaria which was lying at a great angle. She then took on considerable new water as she was returned to Scarborough for repairs.



Saturday  12th September 1914