Daily Event for January 18, 2010


The 143' long steam trawler Onward Ho was built at Earles Shipbuilding in Hull, England in 1907 and was 323 gross registered tons. She achieved a small bit of notoriety when she was arrested by the Russians on July 8, 1910 for fishing within the 12 mile limit, a limit the Russian government had recently set as opposed to the recognized 3 mile limit.

Captain Johnson sent the following telegram on July 12;

"I have had the misfortune to be run in and taken to Archangel. There is a new law of 12 mile limit. My position at the time the gunboat came up was latitude 68.33 north, longitude 41.22 east (this is the gunboat captain's position). You will see the gunboat captain's report is nine miles off. I am on board the gunboat, and 12 officers and men our on my ship. What the result will be I do not know; but if this is the law, there will be no more fishing in northern waters, for every fish that has been landed in Hull from this was has been got in prohibited waters according to the new law."


After much hand ringing the Onward Ho was released July 17 and returned to Hull, there a claim was made against the Russians for interrupting the voyage and the owners demanded financial compensation. After this international incident the boat slipped back into obscurity and later made her way to British Columbia, Canada,
Six years later her name would be in the news again.

Onward Ho departed Vancouver, British Columbia on Jan. 6, 1916 to fish for halibut off Cape Spencer, Alaska, onboard were thirty-one men. On Jan. 18, 1916 she was sighted returning home by two other ships, she was top heavy with ice and fighting a gale, after that she was never seen again. It is presumed that she capsized somewhere over 200 miles west of Triangle Island, B.C. By mid February she was officially declared lost. Some small wreckage was later found, but no trace of the thirty-one souls in her was ever found.
© 2010 Michael W. Pocock
MaritimeQuest.com



Roll of Remembrance
In memory of those who lost their lives in F/V Onward Ho
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Name
Rate
Notes
Anderson, Paul S.
Fisherman
Aune, Helmer E.
Fisherman
 
Aas, Jens B.
Cook
Aalesund, Norway
Bjørback, Peder J.
Fisherman
Brandal, Ragnvald E. P. L.
Fisherman
Brevik, Christian
Fisherman
Brown, Dan
Fisherman
  Dimmen, Benjamin B. Fisherman  
Edmundsen, E. Hanson
Fisherman
Fredriksen, Haakon
Master
Hessen, Oskar S.O.
Fisherman
Hughes, Hedley V.
Mate
Knudsen, Johannes E.
Fisherman
Knutsen, Knut
Fisherman
Lervik, Hjalmar E. S.
Fisherman
Langfeldt, Severin M.
Fisherman
Mackie, George
Fireman
March, James
Fisherman
Olson, Olavius T.
Fisherman
Ruud, Hans
Fisherman
 
Salvesen, Johan P.
Fisherman
Scheie, Brigt O. O.
Fisherman
Shiminin, Thomas
Chief Engineer
Simonsen, Gabriel
Fisherman
Snow, William
Fisherman
Strønstad, Martin E.
Fisherman
Swanson, Svein B.
Fisherman
Ulstein, Josef R.
Fisherman
Ulstein, Rasmus S. N. O.
Pilot
Walker, Matthew
Fireman
Vestvig, Herman O. S.
Fisherman


Onward Ho, date and location unknown.
(Photo courtesy of Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers)
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Two pieces of wreckage possibly belonging to the lifeboat of Onward Ho. The history of where this originated from and whether it is genuine is in dispute by various family members.
(Photo courtesy of Kristin Øveraas
Oslo, Norway)



Feb. 1, 1916: "Fear Fishing Schooner Wrecked" a small note on the front page of the Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois about the Onward Ho.




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