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Appeal for trawlers-to-minesweepers information

Wood carvers working on a tribute to Boston's lost fisherman have asked for help to design the fifth and final panel.

The Boston and South Holland Wood Carvers believe that after the initial loss of trawlers from Boston during the outbreak of the First World War, fishing activities were suspended. Many of the trawlers however, and their crews, were taken over by the Royal Navy for minesweeping duties.

The wood carvers understand that a special service badge or symbol was commissioned for people on such activities and that it comprised of a sea mine, surmounted by a dolphin.

They would like to incorporate this image into their carving, but have not seen the badge or symbol and are appealing for anyone who can advise them to get in touch.

The "tribute to the lost fishermen of Boston" will feature seating and interlinked carved panels on a rising tower with imagery reflective of the fishing industry and Boston's maritime history. There will be some descriptive words. It may stand on a decorative concrete plinth, shaped to resemble waves.

It is hoped to place it somewhere along The Haven, within view of vessels leaving and arriving the port in time for the centenary of the end of the First World War next November.

If you can have the image representative of the fishing trawler minesweepers or have some information about it it please contact Colin Briggs on Boston (01205) 760086.

Ten of 16 deep-sea trawlers from the port of Boston were sunk in the first month of the conflict. Nine of the 16 belonged to the Boston Deep Sea Fishing Company. The Admiralty ordered a recall of trawlers at sea, but the messages were compromised by the scarcity of radio communications at that time. At least 51 fishermen lost their lives and 53 more were held prisoners of war.

Deep sea fishing out of Boston resumed in 1915, but there were more casualties with trawlers shelled. A further six Boston trawlers were destroyed by enemy action during the remainder of the war and even later, ships were to hit mines that were floating in the North Sea, thereby adding to the casualties.

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