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Trawler Ben Namur ashore at Bay of Skaill 10-10-20
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Trawler Ben Namur ashore at Bay of Skaill 10-10-20

'Ashore' is a bit of an understatement. A Tom Kent picture
Picture added on 02 May 2005
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My great-great grandfather was lost at sea during this tragedy. His name was Alfred Lawrence. Any additional information would be most appreciated!
Added by Jeff Bretana on 05 April 2010
The mate and a deckhand were swept overboard and drowned. Alexander Lawrence 37 Victoria Road Aberdeen was the mate and the deckhand Alexander Cordiner 27 Skene Street Aberdeen. By sounding the ships siren and setting off flares the crew managed to attract the attention of some locals. They floated a line ashore with the assistance of a cask and all got off except the skipper before the line broke. He was rescued by the Stromness Rocket Brigade who arrived shortly afterwards.
Added by Tommy Matches on 14 April 2010
Thank you for the information!
Added by Jeff Bretana on 24 April 2010
My Great Grandfather George Hunt (1872 - 1949) was the Engineer on board and survived the wreck.

I have found 3 newspaper articles in the Aberdeen Daily Journal related to the wreck giving more details they are dated - Sep 27th 1920, October 12th 1920 and December 9th 1920
Added by Graham Hunt on 06 March 2015
My great grandfather was lost in this tragedy. I am planning a trip to the area very soon. Does anyone know the exact site of the shipwreck so I can go and pay a tribute to him? I know it's somewhere north of the Bay of Skaill but where exactly or where could I find that info. Thanks.
Added by Laura Lawrance on 05 August 2015
Hi Laura

The Board of Trade report is here www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLibraries/WreckReports2002/21309a.asp but it doesn't shed much more light on the location I don't think.

Page 184 of the following document also mentions location www.gov.scot/resource/0044/00444758.pdf which may be slightly more help.

Best information is here, with 2 possible refercnes to location archive.org/stream/northseapilotpt03deptgoog/northseapilotpt03deptgoog_djvu.txt

Jeff above also related to the same Mr Lawrence as you.
Added by Graham Hunt on 01 September 2015
Best thing to do is ask Tommy Matches. I bet he knows, failing that Ray Phillips.
Anonymous comment added on 01 September 2015
Alfred Lawrance was my great uncle. So many of his family were lost at sea or died whilst still serving on trawlers.
Added by Cheryl Lawrance on 21 October 2021
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