The Diamond

9th January 1912

 The Filey lifeboat was launched early on Tuesday 9th January 1912 and went to the assistance of a steam trawler, which had gone ashore just South of the “King & Queen” rocks. Great difficulty was experienced in making the launch owing to the wheels of the lifeboats carriage sinking in a hole where clay had been thrown down in the surf, and the lifeboat broached broadside.

 All the lifeboat-men were up to their armpits in water, and for a moment it looked like the boat would be thrown back against the Coble-landing. A rope was taken ashore and with scores of helpers pulling on this, the head of the lifeboat, was pointing seaward again. When the crisis had passed and coinciding with the launch the Rocket Brigade set off along the sands. A heavy sea was running, and a thick fog enveloped the coastline.

 The stranded trawler proved to be the Diamond, belonging to the Kingston Steam trawler Company, Hull. The Filey lifeboat-man boarded her, but found the vessel deserted, though the fires were still burning her small boat was missing, but it is reported that this had been picked up with all hands safe by the Flamborough Lifeboat.

William Hodgson of Bempton, was on the cliffs at Buckton when he heard the steamers signals. The tide was receding at the time, he saw the crew attempting to leave the vessel to take their own boat, and called out, warning them not to attempt to make for the beach, or they would have struck the submerged rocks and probably be drowned.

Soon after, Hodgson saw some Cobles loom up through the mist, which went in and took the crew safely aboard. The cobles Elizabeth &  Mabel heard the stricken vessels signals after putting to sea from Flamborough North Landing. They went to where the Diamond had run aground and rescued her crew, dropping them back at North Landing. Here the crew were received by Mr L.M. Bailey who was the local representative of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, who attended to their needs and supplied them with a good meal at the North Star Hotel.

 The Diamond's skipper, Mr. T. Davis, said he could not account for his vessel getting into this position. They had been fishing at East Fladden ground, about 218 miles offshore. They left for their home port of Hull with a good catch of fish on Monday 8th.

 The position of the vessel is about a mile West of the trawler Lark, which went ashore a month earlier. It was hoped that if the weather did not get any worse, it may have been possible to re-float the Diamond, as she was not too seriously damaged.

 The wreck lies at Gps Ref: TA 163 – 752 where the white chalk cliffs at Speeton start.

Her stern-post and boiler are still visible at low tides.

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