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S T Goth Memorial

 
 
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By Larry Wilson, March 14, 2013
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Inscription. This is the funnel of the trawler Goth which disappeared in a fierce storm off the North Cape of Iceland in December, 1948. There were 21 men onboard who had hoped to return from the fishing grounds to spend Christmas with their families.

Deckhand Ernest Parker had been married for just two weeks. His best man, John Tandy left behind a wife and baby. Many of the young crewmen had survived wartime service and so had the Goth. Built in 1925, the ship was a coal-fired steam trawler. After working from Hill, the Goth became a naval vessel and was later bought by Wyre Trawlers of Fleetwood. The funnel has been painted in the firm's colours. The ship was due to be re-named Wyre Gallant.

For nearly 50 years, the wreck of the Goth lay undisturbed on the seabed until Icelandic trawler Helga came fishing one day and tangled the funnel in the nets.

Skipper Vidar Benediktsson took the funnel to Reykjavik and it was traced back to the Goth by registration numbers marked on it and the outline of a house flag design from the ship's Hull days.

A chain of goodwill transported the maritime icon back to Fleetwood and relatives of the crewmen held an emotional Service of Remembrance at the Fisherman's Mission Chapel.

And an amazing coincidence was revealed. The last radio message from the stricken ship
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reported that the Goth was trying to seek shelter in Adalvik Bay. At the same time, in the village of Holmavik, Skpper Benediktsson was born -- during the storm which claimed the Goth and her men.

Relatives who had lost fathers, husbands and brothers in the disaster wanted the funnel to become part of a memorial -- not just for their loved ones but for all the Fleetwood fishermen who lost their lives in the very dangerous job of commercial fishing during peace and war. Fleetwood was once Britain's third biggest fishing port but the industry is much declined.,

The memorial plans fell victim to many problems and disappointments but the little group never lost faith that one day their hopes would bear fruit. The memorial was unveiled on 15 December, 2006, by Bill Edwards, chairman of the Fleetwood Goth Funnel Memorial Project and son of Bosun John Edwards.

Perhaps this battered chunk of cast iron is no thing of beauty. But it survives as a reminder of the Fleetwood fishing community and a way of life which is remembered for courage, comradeship, generosity and good humour. It stands as a tribute to Fleetwood fishermen who did not return from the deep and to their families left behind on the shore.

The Fleetwood Goth Funnel Memorial Project Group thanks all those who made the memorial possible including the many Fleetwood people who contributed
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to the funds. The generosity of Eric Wright, chairman of Eric Wright Group created the memorial with help from painting contractors R J Clarke and Fox Brothers Crane Hire. It was placed here by permission of Asda Stores following free storage by Associated British Ports. This area of Fleetwood was once a busy part of the dockland world and fishing community.
 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 53° 55.175′ N, 3° 0.867′ W. Marker is in Fleetwood, England, in Lancashire. Marker is at the intersection of Station Road and Dock Street, on the left when traveling south on Station Road. Click for map. This marker is located on the south end of the ASDA store which donated the land for it. Marker is in this post office area: Fleetwood, England FY7 6NW, United Kingdom.
 
More about this marker. This maker is part of the memorial which features the funnel from the S T Goth, lost at sea.
 
Regarding S T Goth Memorial. The Men of the Goth

"Asleep where the endless waters roll"

Skpper: Wilfred Elliott, aged 36, of Warbeck Hill Road,
Blackpool, widower
Mate: A E Plummer of Preston, 47, married.
Bosun: John Edwards, Hathaway Road, Fleetwood,
35, married.
Chief Engineer: G H Knight, Garfield
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Street, Fleetwood, 52
married.
Second Engineer: Alfred Patterson, Dock Street, Fleetwood,
24, single.
Wireless Operator: Stanley Bowles of Newton-le-Willows,
19, single.
Firemen: Thomas Dagger, Springfield Terrace, Fleetwood, 25;
Harvey Ramsden of Layton, Blackpoool, 24;
J Beattie of Liverpool, 24. All single.
Cook: H P Blyth of Bolton, 51
Assistant Cook: Albert Silcock of Preston, 20, single
Deckhands (all from Fleetwood):
Ernest Parker, Distinguished Service Medal, Heathfield Road,
28, married
John Tandy, Victoria Street, 27, married.
Harry Buckley, Carr Road, 24, married
William Durbin, Shakespeare Road, 26 married
Norman Grisenthwaite, Heathfield Road, 24, single
Harry Smith, Heathfield Road, 23, single.
Richard Snasdell, Oak Street, 23, single
J Davies, Gordon road, 60, single.
Apprentice deckhand or Brassie: Robert Rhimes,
Broomfield Road, 16

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In Memory of the Goth and Her Crew. . .

In 1948, in the middle of December
Something tragic happened that we shall
all remember.
The trawler Goth with a crew of 23
Set sail for Icelandic waters.

The sea was rough and the winds were strong
They should not have been punished for none
did wrong.
Familes were waiting for loved ones at
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sea
But only God knew this wasn't to be.

Then came the news for families to hear
The ship and the crew have been lost, I fear.
As Christmas was coming all merry and bright
The sadness and heartache went on through the night.

Fifty years later, after that night
The funnel was found at a fishing site
We all remember with sadness and dismay
The Goth and her crew are remembered today.

William John Bamber, aged 13 great-grandson of
Bosun John Edwards.
grandson of Project Chairman Bill Edwards
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
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