Laforey was a Grimsby trawler that ran aground in Norwegian waters in 1954. There were no ships in the area to help, and all twenty of the crew died on the ship.
William Mogg was a seasoned skipper ready to retire from the sea. He was asked to skipper one last fishing trip on the Grimsby trawler Laforey. His son, Kenneth, was employed as First Mate. They set sail on 8 January 1954.
During their return to Grimsby, the ship sent an SOS saying that they were listing heavily and in danger of capsizing. Searches failed to find the ship or any survivors. More than 1,200 people attended a memorial service at Central Hall in Grimsby.
In 2010, a Norwegian diving team found the wreck of the Laforey and recovered the ship’s bell. It is currently displayed at the Grimsby Fisherman’s in memory of the lost crew.
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