In 1906, the Grimsby trawler Clyde rescued eight crew members from a sinking Russian schooner in stormy weather. The dangerous rescue attempt nearly claimed the lives of both crews.
Skipper George Freer found the Anna Mathilda taking on water in a heavy storm. The crew had spent hours bailing water out of their ship by hand but were simply too tired to continue.
The Russian ship’s lifeboats had been destroyed by high tides, so the crew of the Clyde tossed ropes over to the ship, allowing most of the Russian crew to jump to safety. The two ships stayed close together in hopes of rescuing the last Russian crewman, who had been injured in the storm. Sadly, Anna Mathilda sank with the man still onboard.
Monologue written and performed David Bromley.