The Great Storm, 1880 · 2

Loss of Filey Fishing Boats and Fishermen

The following is a list of the fishing yawls and of the fishermen belonging Filey now missing.

Francis Haxby, single, aged 23 years, washed overboard from the Felicity, near Withernsea.

The Elizabeth and Emma, yawl, stranded at Robin Hood’s Bay, on Thursday, the 28th Oct. Wm. Wiseman, aged 30 years, washed overboard and lost. Leaves a widow and five children.

The Eliza foundered with a crew of ten men. All lost. Captain Ross Jenkinson leaves a widow; John Crumpton, widow and three children; James Wyvil, widow and two children; Richard Richardson, and his son Richard, widow and three children; George Edmunds, single, and four others, names unknown.

The Sarah, with a crew of ten, foundered with all hands; Captain Thomas Cooling leaves a widow and two children; Wm. Mason, widow and three children; John Shippey, widow and three children; Thomas Holmes, aged 19 years, single, and four whose names are unknown.

The Scarborough Mercury, Saturday 6th November

The older of the two “Fishermen’s Windows” in St Oswald’s remembers all of the above, except for George Edmunds. Robert EDMOND takes his place. The window adds  George CAMMISH, John WATKINSON, and John BAYES. They were either amongst the eight whose “names were unknown”, or they were lost on other days in 1880.

The 15 memorialized are named across two of the panels beneath the main window.


Eight of the 15 can be found on Filey Genealogy & Connections, with three more being a little problematic; further research is needed.

Seven are readily found on the FamilySearch Tree; there may be others.

From Eliza

Ross Jenkinson MGC1-SY5

John Crumpton/Crompton MGCB-GC2

Richard Richardson MGZ3-ZLX

Richard Richardson jnr MGCB-GC2

From Sarah

Thomas Cooling/Cowling LHGB-F6S

William Mason MGZM-SJ9

From Felicity

Francis Haxby MGZ3-653

Four of the 15 are remembered on headstones in the churchyard, two with the date of their loss as 28th & 29th October and two the 29th.

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:19


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