Remembering Today


6 June 1915 S.S. IMMINGHAM
2083 gt.: 271ft. x 41ft.: O.N. 125042
Type: Passenger ship
3 x Steam Turbines.: Speed 18 knots.
Built 1906 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson,-
Wallsend, for the Great Central Railway Co, Grimsby.
Launched 8 May 1906. Completed September 1906.
Modified May 1911 - A single normal funnel replaced -
the original two flat-sided funnels.

October 1914.
Taken over by the Admiralty for use as an accommodation ship. Then used as a supply transport, men and equipment. Pennant Y8.50.
March 1915. Moved to Mudros as part of the Dardanelles force.

6 June 1915.
When off Lemnos while steaming "blacked out" between Mudros and Imbros she was in a collision with the requisitioned, 1281 gt. Great Western Railway's H.M.S. Reindeer , also running "blacked out", and sank. The Great Central Railway Co. requested £100,000 for the loss, but had to settle for the Admiralty award of £45,000 replacement damages.

Initially I had not seen any reports of casualties associated with this collision, however some time later I came across two records of one casualty in the BT334 series. This is the most detailed of the two:

Name: VAUSE, Thomas, Fireman and Trimmer.
Date of death: 12 June 1915. Age: 20.
Last Place of Abode: 94 Charlton Street, Grimsby.
Place of death: Off Isle of Lemnos - Drowned - Ship sunk through collision.
Place of birth: Grimsby.
Ship's name: Immingham (Grimsby) O.N. 125042.
Series: BT334 - Registers and Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea Box: 0065 Page: 26.

Thomas Vause is not listed on the CWGC database (not commemorated), and he probably should be. Merchant Seamen (named Mercantile Marines in the Great War), only qualified for commemoration if their death was due to a war related cause. Collisions of merchant vessels were considered to be mercantile accidents and any casualties other than those serving do not qualify for commemoration. However this case has a clear war related cause, vessels had to sail a course within the range of enemy shore batteries. Passages, only during the dark hours with lights dimmed were the norm, any light visible or undue noise would attract the batteries attention.

I have submitted his case to the CWGC for consideration - details on this here: Link
[Merchant Fleets, Britain's Railway Steamers & BT 334 Series]


8 September 1915 S.T. DEVONIAN GY 89
128 gt. 96.7ft. x 20.2ft. O.N. 106664
Built 1896 by Edwards Bros., North Shields, for -
                        Gt. Gy. Co-op Box & Fish Co. Ltd. Grimsby.
Sept.1896 Registered Devonian GY 89 (G.G. Co-op Box & Fish Co.)
Nov.1896 Sold to W. Allen Grimsby.
Sept.1899 to W. Allen Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. Grimsby.
9 September 1915:
Believed sunk by a mine 30 miles N.E. 1/2 N. of Spurn Light Vessel. 9 lives lost including Skipper.

Wednesday 20 October 1915, From The Lincolnshire Echo:

                                    ANOTHER TRAWLER LOST.

        The Grimsby steam trawler Devonian, owned by the Allen Steam Fishing Company, was on Tuesday officially given up as lost with her entire crew. On September 6th the vessel left Grimsby with a crew of nine hands for a weeks fishing in the North Sea. Three days later incoming trawlers reported that on the 8th September they heard an explosion from the direction in which the Devonian was believed to be fishing, and nothing was seen of the vessel afterwards. Since then nothing has been heard of the vessel.

The men who formed the crew were:
BANKS, Walter Edward (37) Mate, Certificate No. 7355.
Former Grimsby Sea Fishing Apprentice, signed indentures 3 Aug. 1892. Born Grimsby. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Husband of Eunice Theodosia Banks (nee Starfield), of 87, New Market Street, Grimsby.
CAMPBELL, Hamilton Blackwood (48) First Engineer.
Husband of Mrs. Campbell, of Suggits Lane, New Cleethorpes.
Born at Seaham.
DEAKIN, Joseph (26) Third Hand.
Husband of Mrs. Deakin, of 78, Strand Street, Grimsby.
Born at Sheffield.
GALES, Matthew (48) Second Engineer.
of 9, Buller Street, Grimsby. Born at Sunderland.
HANNEMAN, Frederick Charles (19) Trimmer.
Son of Mrs. Hanneman, of 55, Weelsby Street, Grimsby.
Born at Grimsby.
LAMBERT, Arthur (44) Skipper, Certificate No. 4025.
Former Grimsby Sea Fishing Apprentice, signed indentures 3 July 1887. Husband of Clara Lambert, of 32, Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes. Born at Skegness. Pre-war skipper of Grimsby trawlers: "Uganda" 1894/95/97, "Ursula" 1895/97, "Rupert" 1898, "Noble" & "Croton" 1899, "Argo" 1900/01, "Trafalgar" 1902, "Elk" 1903, "Pinewolw" 1904/06, "Adrian" 1907/13, "Devonian" 1907 to 1912, and "Cynthia" in 1913.
LOTT, John Henry (29) Deck Hand.
of 3, Adam Smith Street, Grimsby. Son of Mary Lott, of Row 50, No. 9, Great Yarmouth, and the late John Lott. Bor: Yarmouth
ROWSTON, Arthur (25) Deck Hand.
Husband of Mrs. Rowston, of 77, Tiverton Street, Grimsby.
Born at Grimsby.
STANLEY, Walter (42) Cook.
of 71, Castle Street, Grimsby. Born at Sheffield.