Monday, January 07, 2008

Relative wants information about 1916 u-boat attack


Scarborough Evening News
By Ian Duncan
January 07, 2008

A RELATIVE of the skipper of a Scarborough fishing boat, sunk by a German U-boat during the First World War, is wanting to find out more about the incident.

Great-great-granddaughter Lisa Farring- ton, who now lives in Lancashire, is looking for information for her family tree relating to Dave Naylor who was the skipper of the Fisher Prince, which was part of Scarborough’s fishing fleet.

It was the boat used by the submarine’s captain to hold all of the fishermen while he methodically sank the remaining vessels in 1916.

Ms Farrington said: “My gran, Doris Raper, used to tell this story exactly as it appeared in the Evening News but none of us knew if it was true.

“As a child, it made me realise that not all Germans were as evil as the Nazis seen in films.

“It was only when I read the article that I realised just what an act of bravery this was.”

The story was published again last September, under the headline Hell In High Water, and marked the 90th anniversary of the attack.

She added her gran had lived most of her life in St Mary’s Walk and was the eldest of five children.

“I would like to hear from anyone else descended from Dave Naylor, as I do have family tree details to pass on if anyone is interested,” she said.

Anyone with any information should send an email to



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