Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


A newspaper article about Lytham fishermen Drowned in1889.


Newspaper cutting dated 1889


The body of T.Dawson, one of the two unfortunate men who lost their lives in the recent boating fatality off Lytham, was recovered on Saturday last on the sands about a mile from the Naze Nook, and a few yards from the sea wall, where it had been left by the preceding tide. It was at one conveyed to the mortuary of the Talbot Hotel, Lytham, where Dr. Gilbertson conducted an enquiry on Monday.

Mr. Walter Embley was appointed foreman of the jury.—William Barlow deposed that he was a fisherman, and lived at 37, East Cliff. Deceased was his brother-in-law. He was a fisherman, aged 20 years, and lived at 37, East Cliff. On Saturday the 6th August, deceased, John Moore, and witness went out about six o'clock in the evening in a fishing boat, The Lizzie.

They started from about opposite the boat house on Lytham Beach, and drifted down with the tide, dragging their net as far as opposite Ansdell station. They then took the net on board and hoisted their sail to run back. When they had got about 150 yards from the side the sea caught the boat on her quarter, turned her broadside to the sea and the wind, and she capsized in an instant. They were all thrown out. They got hold of the boat, but she kept turning over and over.

The last time that he saw deceased he and Moore had hold of the net, and witness stuck to the stern of the boat. He did not see them again, but was picked up in about an hour afterwards by a boat from a steam barge in the Ribble. There was a fairly heavy sea—what they might call a nice salmon sea— running at the time.

William Abraham, fisherman, living at Preston, deposed that he, in company with George Richardson, found the body of the deceased on Saturday. He was a mile above the Naze Nook, about four yards off the wall, in a boat. The body was on the dry sand, and witness took it into the boat and brought it to Lytham.—A verdict of accidental death was returned.—During the inquiry the Coroner remarked on the danger which the salmon fisher had to contend with, and expressed an opinion that their boats should have a greater beam than at present was the case.

The interment took place at St. Cuthbert's Parish Church on Monday afternoon, accompanied by military honours—the deceased, like his equally unfortunate companion Moore, being a member of the local company of Volunteers. The band of the company played the " Dead March," and over the open grave the customary three volleys were fired. A large number of friends of the deceased attended to pay their last token of respect, and the coffin was covered with wreaths of flowers.

Newspaper cutting dated 1889