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North Sea Outrage Memorial

Albert Leake

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On 21 October 1904, three fishermen of the Gamecock trawling fleet were killed at sea by the Russian Navy, who fired upon the trawlers after mistaking them for Japanese ships. Known as the Dogger Bank Incident, it led to significant diplomatic conflict between Russia and the UK, and left a community angered and in mourning.

The memorial statue to these men, is a statue of a fisherman in working dress with upraised hand as if he was appealing 'Stop firing' (according to some a likeliness of skipper George Henry Smith)

The statue was made on the initiative of the Blythe Boys Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (R.A.O.B.), Grand Lodge of England, of which skipper Smith was a member. It was unveiled 30 August 1906 not by Lord Nunburnholme (statue in Hull), as stated on the monument, but because the Lord was ill the unveiling was done by his representative John Watt.


(pair of buffalo horns)
Erected by public subscription
to the memory of
George Henry Smith,

William Richard Leggett,
(third hand)
Of the Ill-fated trawler "CRANE",
Who lost their lives in the NORTH SEA
by the action of the RUSSIAN BALTIC FLEET
October 22nd 1904,
Walter Whelpton,
(skipper) of the Trawler "MINO",
Who died from shock May 13th 1905.
Unveiled by
Lord Nunburnholme,
August 30th, 1906
albert leake


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Item Code: gbyh055; Photograph: 25 July 2019
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