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1953 Gales

Ayre Road, Jan 31 1953 Earl Sigurd at pier.
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Picture added on 12 February 2008
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My dad H.Hess lost his life on the 'Sheldon' (trawler) along with all hands.It sailed from Kirkwall on the 30/01/1953 and the last contact was 31/01/1953 and never heard since. Has anyone got any info on this please.
Added by Steve Hess on 05 April 2011
Hi Steve, Please see info and links below.
Regards, Craig.

GY.696 Sheldon.
Lost in a heavy gale on Saturday 31st January 1953 on passage from Grimsby to the Faroe fishing grounds.
T. R. Beesley, Skipper | R. T. Beesley, Mate | H. V. Wass, Chief Engineer | B. Cullen, 2nd Engineer | H. Hess, 3rd Hand | S. B. Blastland, Deckhand | C. A. Robinson, Deckhand | J. W. Swinscoe, Deckhand | G. H. Young, Deckhand | T. Bell, Trimmer | K. Burrett, Trimmer | S. Carlton, Trimmer | J. Hayward, Trimmer | S. King, Cook

Picture here: www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=115537&title=sheldon&cat=1203

Further info here: www.grimsbycentralhall.org/venue-info/fisherman-s-chapel

[Last link updated 26/10/18- Steven]


Added by Craig Taylor on 05 April 2011
Thanks for the info craig,very useful.
Added by Steve Hess on 06 April 2011
My mothers fiance Sid Carlton was lost also. I believe he was the youngest member of the crew, I would be interested to know more about him, but as I have lost my mum, but still have my old dad, I would not like to upset him - but would like to know more about this.
Added by Jill Rising-royle on 31 May 2011
Hi My Grandads brother was Thomas Roland Beesley he was the skipper of the Sheldon and his son was Roland T Beesley who was the mate. I have found this very interesting.
Added by Denise Gibson (nee Beesley) on 09 November 2018
My grandad was S King (stanley) the ships cook. The Sheldon was lost when my mother was 4. Stanley was only on the ship by chance as apparently the original cook got taken ill.
Added by Jason Osgothorpe on 13 November 2018
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