BORN HULL 1878. SON OF MRS MARY A & EDWARD HYDE, OF 27 MAYFIELD STREET, HULL. A FORMER HULL TRINITY HOUSE BOY. HIS WIFE ETHER E. HYDE LIVED ‘HOLLY HOUSE, WORMEGAY, KINGS LYNN, NORFOLK. CAPTAIN OF THE LIVERPOOL STEAM SHIP “EAVESTONE”, SUNK BY AN ENEMY SUBMARINE, ON 03/02/1917. THE CREW TOOK TO THE BOATS WHEN THEY WERE FIRED UPON. THE CAPTAIN AND THREE CREW MEMBERS WERE KILLED. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL ON 14TH FEBRUARY 1917 WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. * HE IS ALSO LISTED ON THE TRINITY HOUSE SCHOOL MEMORIAL.
The British steamer Eavestone left Barry Docks on the 1st February, 1917, for Gibraltar. On the 3rd February, she was W. by S.W. of the Fastnets when she sighted a submarine. The German opened fire at 3,000 yards and soon found the range. Firing at the rate of a shot a minute, she struck the steamer repeatedly, and continued firing while the crew took to their boats. As soon as the boats had dropped astern of their ship, the submarine turned her gun upon them at short range, firing three shrapnel shells and striking both boats. The third shell killed the master, the steward, and a donkeyman, wounded two able seamen, and severely wounded the second officer in the right arm. The submarine now called the first mate on board and questioned him.
No enquiries were made as to the Eavestone’s losses, and no help was suggested. The boats were picked up that same night, by the Norwegian barque Regna.
People on board SS EAVESTONE123 1. APPLEWHITE, ERNEST EDWIN BENJAMIN (25), Able Seaman, SS Eavestone, Mercantile Marine, †03/02/1917, Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Applewhite, of St. James’s Place, Kingstown, St. Vincent, British West Indies, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 2. CULLINANE, JAMES (43), Donkeyman, SS Eavestone, Mercantile Marine, †03/02/1917, Son of the late James and Ellen Cullinane; husband of Mary Cullinane (nee Murphy), of 19 White St., Cork. Born at Cork, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 3. HYDE, WALTER (39), Master, SS Eavestone, Mercantile Marine, †03/02/1917, Husband of Ethel E. Hyde, of Holly House, Wormegay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 4. KOLMN, JOHN RICHARD (29), Steward, SS Eavestone, Mercantile Marine, †03/02/1917, Son of John Richard and Margaret Kolmn; husband of Florence Kolmn (nee Nichol), of 67, Princes St., North Shields. Born at North Shields, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial 5. WALLACE, RICHARD (49), Able Seaman, SS Eavestone, Mercantile Marine, †03/02/1917, Born at Baltimore, U.S.A, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?12466