Thomas Tompion was a Grimsby trawler named for the owner’s fondness of antique clocks. It is remembered as a beautiful ship with a clockmakers crest on the bridge.
Thomas Tompion operated in Grimsby for only seven years but made a name for itself as a happy ship to work on. The crew had access to a library and were shown films in the ship’s mess.
In 1954, the ship was adopted as part of a special project by the children of Headington Secondary School in Oxford. The students learnt about the ship and wrote letters to the crew.
Thomas Tompion was damaged during a fishing trip that same year. The crew were rescued by a Norwegian vessel. In 1957, she was transferred to Hull. In 1967, she was renamed Ross Procyon. She was scrapped the following year.
Monologue written and performed by Kimberley Wood.