Accidents at sea

The following article was in the Scarborough Mercury in 1910. It was entitled "SCARBOROUGH HERRING SEASON - FISHERLAD LOST FROM LUGGER - BATCH OF MINOR INCIDENTS". The main incident mentioned was of the loss of a fisherboy who seems to have fallen overboard. Back then of course there were no helicopters and intensive search and rescue. Also mentioned are various small accidents which took place at the same time showing how dangerous the fishing industry was.

A sad occurrence was relate on Wednesday afternoon, when the Lowestoft lugger "Girl Lillian", sailed into Scarborough harbour with flag half mast and minus one of her crew.

The lugger has been fishing out of Scarborough for the past six week, and on Wednesday at about 9 a.m., whilst fishing about thirty miles out at sea from Scarborough, the cook, George Green, was missed from the deck. A search for the youth was made on the boat, but failing to find him the crew arrived at the conclusion that he bad fallen overboard. After cruising about in search of the body for some time and having seen no signs of the unfortunate youth, skipper George Wood, who was in charge of the vessel, deemed it advisable to return to Scarborough and report the sad occurrence. Accordingly, the boat was put in on Wednesday. It appears that Green was not seen to fall overboard and none of the crew can account for his mysterious disappearance except in the way stated. Naturally, the skipper and his crew were deeply grieved, and a gloom was cats over the other fishermen in the vicinity of the lugger, which was lying in the East Harbour, alongside the Lighthouse Pier. Little seems to be known amongst the crew as to Green's relatives.It was stated that he was about sixteen years of age and had been to sea previously to this trip. The unfortunate youth loved at South Lowestoft.

A SMALL SHARK

A German trawler, Berlin, landed a small shark at Scarborough on Monday. The trawler will stay on the harbour for a catch of herrings.

FILEY YAWL DAMAGED

Whilst the Filey herring yawl White Heather was making for Scarborough Harbour on Saturday morning on Saturday morning, a steamer cut into her starboard bow and damaged it. The salvage vessel was leaving the harbour as the damage occurred. The damage was estimated to be under £20.

A BURNT FACE

Andrew Ried (25), an engineer of the steam drifter St. Leonard, at present fishing out of Scarborough, had on Wednesday afternoon, in consequence of burns to the face, to be treated at the hospital. He was afterwards able to return to his ship.

STRUCK BY A ROPE

Whilst being shown round a herring boat in the harbour on Wednesday morning, a visitor named Fawness, from Gainsborough, was struck heavily in the face by a rope. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and two stitches had to be put into his nose.


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