Watercolour on board
In 1981, the Grimsby fishing vessel Dorny suffered a mysterious fire that nearly took the lives of the four crewmen onboard.
On 15 November, Skipper Bob McQueen awoke at 3:30am to discover that the ship’s wheelhouse was on fire. Since his crew were all asleep, he supposed the fire began after midnight.
The only lifeboat was kept in the wheelhouse and was burning with the rest of the cabin. Desperately searching the horizon, the crew saw no ships until thirty minutes after they had awoken. They sent up a distress signal and the Danish vessel, Subri Ellen promptly came to their rescue.
When the fire finally went out, the wheelhouse was completely destroyed. The fire had caused an estimated £20,000 worth of damage.
Monologue written and performed by Sharon Dormer.