Great Yarmouth 1950s photos by Jack Harrison (born 1938)
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The Boulogne trawler ran aground in fog Waxham Sunday 13 February 1955.  Huge crowds turned out, and indeed, to scavenge some of its cargo.  Fortunately the date of the grounding was about 5 days after spring tides so this offered the opportunity to refloat on the subsequent higher tides later in the month

Later storms didn’t entirely help and the boat fell on its side in two stages.  It was generally assumed that it was now wrecked.  However, a Dutch salvage company thought otherwise and the boat was refloated in April and subsequently towed into Yarmouth.  It was repaired at Fellows Dockyard in Yarmouth.

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But over the following weeks, the boat tipped over further and further
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StPierreEglise-1955February 13th 1955

At 5.00... in bad visibility, the trawler St.Pierre Eglise of Boulogne stranded at Waxham.  The crew were rescued and brought to the [Seamen's] home.  While attempting to refloat her on 16th February they were again taken off by rocket apparatus and brought back here.  The entire catch was dumped to lighten the vessel and wind and high seas on Feb 23rd put her on her beam ends.  On March 16th a Dutch salvage company commenced work and on April 8th she was brought into Great Yarmouth.

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