Wreck of British Empiire

Wreck of British Empire - Filey Museum

On 27th February 1900 the 106ft long Steam Trawler British Empire struck rocks at Speeton. She had been fishing in heavy weather and was returning to her home port of Hull.  The weather was foggy and her skipper had taken lead soundings to assess his position. He thought he was on course for the Humber Estuary and continued on at full speed with no proper watch, even though the visibility was poor. On this occasion, unlike many others in the area of Speeton and Bempton, there was no loss of life. In a subsequent enquiry in March, the Captain lost his Master’s ticket. In the days before global positioning, such groundings were common.

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