Sunday 27th September 1914




Monday  28th September 1914

 The skipper of the trawler GY 1239 Rego arrived at Fleetwood to report that he had trawled up the casing of an old mine while fishing at the mouth of the Clyde. His find raised great interest at Fleetwood.


Trawler engineer Fred Korn was found guilty in Grimsby Court of making a false declaration about his nationality. He was known locally as German Charlie but insisted that he was Russian but hid this because of the Russian outrage on the Dogger Bank making Russians unpopular in Britain. Evidence was produced that he was German and he was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour.


Tuesday 29th September 1914

 The recruiting authorities of Trawler Reserve Section of the Navy who had earlier appealed for more volunteers for the mine sweeping section, reported being 'inundated' with volunteers. A large number of additional trawlers from Aberdeen have been requisitioned for such duties.




Wednesday  30th September 1914

 The West Hartlepool steamer Selby sank after hitting a mine while on passage from the Tyne to Antwerp. Two trawlers who were close by were reported to have ignored her crews plight and sailed off towards the Dutch coast. Luckily the the drifter YH 24 Ocean Guide (some press reports speak of the Ocean Guide being a Lowestoft trawler but no such boat has as of yet been found) also came on the scene and rescued the crew and master of the Selby who were struggling to stay afloat in their lifeboat in a rough sea.



Thursday 1st October 1914

 On behalf of the Wilson Line the Lord Mayor of Hull presented presented gold watches to skipper Ambrose Fisher of the trawler H 959 Euripides and skipper Woolaston of the H 394 Cameo for the rescue of the survivors of the Wilson Liner Runo which had been sunk by a mine in the North Sea. The trawlermen having seen the event steamed into an are 'strewn with mines' because they felt it was their duty to save others.

Friday 2nd October 1914

 Two new trawlers The Ben Gulvain and the Ben Screel, built for Ricahrd Irvin and Sons Ltd., Aberdeen were launched from the yard of Messrs. Hall Russell and Co., Ltd. They were named, respectively by Miss Ethel Irvin and Miss Cissey Irvin.

The trawlers are of the highest class in LLoyds Register and have triple expansion engines by the builder.



Saturday  3rd October 1914

 It was reported that the Dundee based trawler GN 25  USA was approached by a British battleship whilst returning to port with his catch. The Commander of the Battleship inquired as to whether he had any fish. The skipper of the USA manoeuvered his boat alongside the battleship and gave them practically all the contents of his hold, worth about £20.

The Commander of the warship offered to pay the trawler for her catch but the trawler's skipper responded that it would be a poor tally if he couldnt do a bit for those who were protecting himand asked the warship to cast off his ropes so that he might return to the fishing grounds to replace his catch.