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Grimsby trawler "Leicestershire"

About 1936/37.
This is the Grimsby trawler "Leicestershire" which was wrecked with all hands on the 600feet Berry Head at the East end of Hoy in 1938. There was a full North Westerly gale blowing at the time with blizzard conditions, so the crew did not have a chance. Obviously they had no time to transmit a distress signal, as no one in Brims was aware of the wreck, until some of the bodies started to come ashore.
Strangely, the " Leicester City" another Grimsby trawler stranded on the West side of Hoy in 1953, again with heavy loss of life.
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Picture added on 27 December 2009 at 18:38
Here we have another of Fred's tales of the sea around the Pentland Firth, who knows where it might end. Fred's items usually stir up old memories so I will add my tuppens worth to start the ball rolling.

Some time ago I did an article for the Orkney View on the loss of the "Leicestershire" -I will add this to Capt Fred's and hope it gets a bit o interest going.
Added by John Budge on 28 December 2009
The tower in the background of this drawing is a land mark in Grimbsby. It is the work of Victorian engineers and is I believe a water tower to hold water for use of the lock system in the docks. Dont know if it is still in use today but like all engineering done in that period is a marvel to see.
Added by John Budge on 29 December 2009
Grimsby Dock Tower is a hydraulic accumulator tower and a famous maritime landmark in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimsby_Dock_Tower
Added by Wadey on 18 October 2013
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