Grimsby`s Lost Ships of WW1

Grimsby's Lost Ships of WW1


Shipwrecks of the River Humber Area have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant to investigate Grimsby`s Lost ships of WW1.


Between August 2014 and November 2018 Shipwrecks of the River Humber Area will investigate at least 8 of Grimsby`s trawlers that were lost in World War One in the North Sea. These sites (which are disappearing due to corrosion, fishing and dredging) must be recorded soon or they will be lost to everyone forever. Due to their location, beneath the waves in inhospitable diving conditions, only a very small number of people have visited them, and to most of the population of the UK they do not even know they exist. These sites are unique and some may be of national significance .This work will allow this significance to start to be realised and as a result might bring about applications to English Heritage to consider the sites for designation under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.


We want to maximize the opportunity presented by the centenary of the Great War and promote our project as part of the Great War commemorations.

The project will engage at least ten new diving volunteers and help to train eight people to become qualified divers. They will be trained in how to use diving equipment, sidescan sonar, and underwater cameras. They will be given the opportunity to learn new skills and also be supported by a land based research team to make a detailed study of the boats they have dived.


The project will engage at least 10 new research volunteers who will be land and library based. They will be given training on how to research record and interpret information about the boats uncovered. They will also be given training on using office equipment and how to use the local studies room at the library.

The project will uncover at least 8 boats that were connected to Grimsby and the First World War and produce a handbook and small film about each boat to leave lasting learning legacies for future generations. We want to educate local people about their heritage in particular the role of their ancestors in the First World

War, in particular about the Grimsby fishing fleet. Many people in Grimsby will have had ancestors on these boats and it would be great if we could help local people to make a personal connection with these boats. Our project will seek to develop new education, employment and training opportunities for local people in heritage

and other skills such as project management, research and event management.

The project will engage at least 500 people in understanding about the heritage of these boats and the people that built them, worked on them and also sadly died on them through hosting an exhibition about the boats and their role in First World War.






just of some of the Trawlers from Grimsby that were lost in our region during WW1

This is not the full list, we hope to add to this over the life of the project. These ships are within our range for diving, so these will be are targets.





Name Date Sank Latitude Longitude


Ajax 02/09/1914 53-46-017N 000-51-890E


Fittonia 02/09/1914 53-29-818N 000-55-918E


Revigo 07/09/1914 53-36-37N 000-56-607E


Kilmarnock 22/09/1914 53-34-185N 000-58-324E


Rebono 23/09/1914 53-37-835N 000-56-607E


Alberta 14/04/1916 53-45-0N 000-51-0E

Orcades 14/04/1916 53-34-84N 000-26-46E


Jersey 04/10/1916 53-42-900N 000-37-18E


Rover 05/10/1916 53-37-892N 000-27-957E


Rado 14/10/1916 53-41-43N 000-39-58E


Jersey 14/10/1916 53-42-91N 000-37-18E


Jennie Buller 14/10/1916 53-39-90N 000-36-11E


Elsie 28/06/1917 53-41-417N 000-18-511E


Frances 28/06/1917


Harbinger 28/06/1917


Rose of June 28/06/1917


Frigate Bird 28/06/1917


William & Betsy 28/06/1917


Alice 15/08/1917


Straton 08/02/1918


Albion 07/07/1918


Shipwrecks of the River Humber

Have joined forces with Humber Viking Dive club, which meet every Friday eveing at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre at 8.30 pm.

This is a BSAC club and we offer try dives and full training, so you can come out with us to dive the facinating wrecks in the North Sea

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Went out to a new site on 3June 2017 and dived a new wreck which we think has never been dived, small trawler mostly buried in the sand but very exciting see it in Grimsby's Lost Ships of WW1

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Kevin Smith

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