Disastrous Storm

Scarborugh Mercury Friday 5 February 1909


A sudden and very violent storm of wind sprang up over Scarborough and along the coast this (Friday) morning. Up till about eight o’clock, the weather was comparatively calm. Then a gale swept in from the north, and within a quarter of an hour it was blowing with almost hurricane fury. The storm lasted about two hours and subsided almost as quickly as it had sprung up.

The suddenness of the oncoming of the storm caught several Scarborough cobles on their way to Cayton  Bay for stoning pur­poses. They were quickly in difficulties and great anxiety was felt for the men in them. The lifeboat was launched at 8.25 and went out to render any assistance possible to the cobles. By this time it was blowing a full gale. One coble, belonging to Richard Jenkinson, was blown ashore at Holbeck,  and subsequently brought into Scarborough along the sands on a waggon. Another, the Sunbeam, belonging to W. Robson, was washed into Cayton Bay. Great anxiety was felt as to the fate of a third, the Rosabel,  belonging to William Sheader, which could not be accounted for. Subsequently, it transpired that this coble also had been driven into Cayton Bay. No lives were lost, but the boats were in great peril.

The Cayton farmers rendered valuable as­sistance, one riding into Scarborough for help, which was despatched, Messrs. Sellers lending a horse and cart in which to convey several fishermen. The crews who were aided asked us to express their gratitude to all extending help.

Another coble engaged in stoning, the Welcome Home, which was in trouble last week was in such difficulties that F. Dalton’s coble the Mary went to the rescue and took off the men, the Welcome Home being allow­ed to drift ashore.

The names of the men who rescued Pexton and Washington, of the Welcome Home, are H. Dalton, F. Dalton, W. Lancaster. E. Lan­caster, W. Crawford, and N. Harwood. They ran considerable risk in making the rescue, which was a very meritorious one The lifeboat put back to the harbour, but shortly afterwards tidings came of a boat showing signals of distress two miles north­east of Scarborough. The lifeboat put out again and returned at eleven o’clock, bring­ing in tow the H43, a pilot boat of Hartle­pool, containing two men.


1875 Filey · Birth  I could spend all day figuring out George William HUNTER. Almost ten years ago I posted a photograph of him on Looking at Filey.

Courtesy Martin Douglas

I was told this was ‘Tuey’ Hunter with his second wife “Mrs Chadwick”, but I had previously been given a photo earlier purporting to show Robert Pearson ‘Tuey’ Hunter and the two chaps looked different. Even the family resemblance wasn’t clear to me – Robert is the fifth son of George William and Elizabeth Ann née PEARSON. I was callow with regard to Filey history back then and had no information to hand that told me George William was ‘Tuey’ too, or ‘Tewy’ as Andrew calls him in Filey: Fishing Faith and Family since 1800.

If George had been identified as ‘Tuey’ on FG&C, and as the skipper of the fishing vessel Edith Cavell I may have twigged sooner. (Kath has Robert Pearson Hunter as ‘Chewy’.)

Robert’s daughter Jean wrote a super little book about the sinking of Edith Cavell by U21 off Robin Hood’s Bay in 1916 – and the crew’s safe return home to Filey. Wreck Site has a good short description of the event.

Mrs Chadwick is a woman of mystery still. She has not yet been added to the Shared Tree. I have made an attempt to track her down and think she may have been born Sarah BIRKITT in Bridlington in 1876. She had her first child with “Mr Chadwick” when she was about twenty. I am hoping someone reading this will know more.

1869 Filey · Baptism Arthur David CHADWICK is almost certainly unrelated to Mrs Chadwick above. His two older siblings were born in Bridlington and his mother Martha née MARSHALL was from Selby. His father Robert, a licensed victualler born in Rawcliffe, was caught in Filey by the 1871 census and the family then moved on. FG&C offers no clues about what happened to them. They don’t appear to have representation on the Shared Tree but a Find my Past contributed tree indicates that Arthur’s mother died in 1875. In 1881 father Robert was working as an ostler/publican in Bridlington and as a carriage proprietor in Driffield ten years later. He died there in 1897.

I failed to find a fitting death for Arthur in his home country. An Arthur D. Chadwick aged 28 sailed from Liverpool in 1897 and was recorded at Ellis Island. I lost him there.

1819 London · Death John MOSEY is the missing child of Thomas and Ann née HARPER (see the 18 January post). John drowned in the River Thames. Seventeen years old, he was interred in Dr Reed’s Chapel. This may have been the Chapel of the London Orphanage Asylum. The Reverend Andrew Reed’s philanthropical labours began to bear fruit before he reached the age of thirty. He would have been thirty-two in 1819 and may well have known John Mosey, though, with fourteen siblings, John was far from being an orphan. I added him to the family on the Shared Tree today.

1898 Filey · Burial  Isaac DUCK stands alone in FG&C – and doesn’t appear to have been given a grave marker in St Oswald’s churchyard. Canon COOPER knew enough about him to record his age, 46, in the burial register. Isaac was a coachman, enumerated with his wife in Mint Yard, York, in 1891. Perhaps he was taken ill while out delivering goods to places some distance from home. He does not have any children on the Shared Tree. The GRO Index entry below is a perfect fit for Isaac’s wife.

DUCK, Agnes Matilda, Age at Death (in years): 74. GRO Reference: 1922 M Quarter in HULL Volume 09D Page 483.

Measure of Man 71 · Watering Can

St Oswald’s Churchyard

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