ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
DORIS BURTON
Construction
STEEL
Type
STEAM TRAWLER
Date
1914
Description
Yard Number: 549

Listed missing in Lloyd's Register of Shipping Returns of Wrecks and Losses 1914:
'Voyage: fishing left Aberdeen on 20th November 1914 and not since heard of.'


In 1914 the Hartlepool Trawler DORIS BURTON and her crew of six Scarborough men, was believed to have sunk after hitting a mine in the North sea. The six men were; J.W. Truefitt, skipper, leaving a wife and 4 children, Absalom Cave, 47, Mate, leaving wife and 9 children, Robert Jowsey, 30, unmarried, Wm. Reynolds, wife and 4 children, Thomas Leslie Harwood, 17, Cook, John Christopher Mansfield, 18.

Two reports of this incident, one from the Scarborough Weekly Post, 24 Dec 1914, which reports the loss of the DORIS BURTON, lists her crew, and is believed to "have been sacrificed to German mines", and another report from the Scarborough Pictorial, 16 Dec 1914, which tells of the tragedy and gives a little insight into the people on board. Not recorded as a fishing vessel lost at sea due to war.

(Source: www.wrecksite.eu)
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Owner
R H Davison & Co., Hartlepool
Dimensions
length 115 3/12' x breadth 22 1/12' x depth 12 9/12'
gross tonnage: 197 ton

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