Submitted by Billy Collins
A very tragic Loss and never to be forgotten.
After some research I came across a book trawler disasters . i came across a story about 2 hull trawlers that sank at Iceland the year was 1955. the crew,s of LORELLA and RODERIGO were fighting for their lives.on the morning of Jan 23 1955.
Lorella and Roderigo where fishing alongside the Grimsby trawler the York City off the north cape of Iceland
when it was blowing hard and freezing hard. all 3 trawlers pulled there gear on board and ran for shelter. Lorella and Roderigo laid just 4 miles off the Icelandic coast.
the weather got worse.the skipper of Roderigo spoke to the york city and told them [that her and the Lorella wouLd try and find the Kingston Garnet
because she had a wire fouled around her prop].but unknown to them the Kingston Garnet had freed her self.
Roderigo had reported to the Lancella that a hurricane had been blowing all night and still blowing. Lorella had reported[ the wind east force 10 ]
Lorella was dodging still blowing very hard with continuous snow. at 21;15 hours Roderigo reported [still dodging].
Next report from lorella was at 09;00 on the 26th to Lancella [weather still very bad, and badly iced up position not known]
at 09;10 roderigo reported [been trying to get around but no go].5 minutes later the lorella spoke to roderigo saying
[boat deck solid with frozen snow lads have been digging it out it is also solid on the bridge top].the roderigo replied [same here george and the whaleback is a solid block].
the only message heard from the lorella was a mayday call at 14;35 heard faintly and getting fainter so the last part of the message [heeling right over can,t get her back].at 15;05 hours roderigo told the lancella
[wind force 11 to 12 we are off the cape think the lorella was a stern somewhere] at 15;31 hours the skipper of the roderigo said
[ we are tacking in heavy water now and the aerials are iced up again].the last communications from Roderigo.at 16;33[maneuvering difficulty]. 16;50 hours [we are listing badly to starboard and would like you to come to us]time 17;05 hours [she,s going over and can,t get her back] time
17;10 hours [mayday turning right
over,turning right over,please acknowledge] just a few minutes later the skipper repeated [ she,s going over,going over].
then at 17;20 hours all communications stopped.the only trace that was left From the sinking of the Lorella and Roderigo and the forty men onboard was a rubber dinghy.
found by a Icelandic trawler.at the time.
NEVER EVER SHOULD WE FORGET THESE DEAR SOULS
What it must have been like onboard that is what this Hull Bullnose Memorial Group are striving to achieve so we need all
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