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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Frankland, Herbert Knowles

Able Seaman
29, Havelock Street, West Hartlepool
West Hartlepool

Herbert Knowles Frankland was born on the 11th June 1884 and baptised at the United Methodist Church , Burbank Street , West Hartlepool on 1st July 1884. He was the son of Joseph Frankland and Elizabeth Lowcock. Joseph and Elizabeth had married in Hartlepool in the September qtr. 1883.

 The 1891 Census finds the family at 5 Outram Street, West Hartlepool and Joseph Frankland is Head, 30, joiner, born West HartlepoolElizabeth Frankland, his wife, 28, born East Hartlepool,Herbert Frankland, their son, 6, born West Hartlepool and two girls Ethel, 4 and Eva 2 also born in the town. A William Frankland, boarder, 32, and also a joiner, born Bishop Auckland was with them (possibly a brother or cousin)

By 1901 they were at  29 Havelock Street, West Hartlepooland the family was as 1891 with the exception of Ethel Frankland who died in 1892 and William Frankland who was no longer living with the family. There are also two additional children Emily Frankland aged 9 and Joe Frankland aged 3 both born West Hartlepool .

In 1911 they were still in Havelock Street and living at the address were Joseph, Elizabeth (who had had 6 children and 2 had died), Eva, Emily and Joseph William (Joe in the 1901 census). Elizabeth Frankland died at 29 Havelock Street on the 12th February 1917. Was it grief following the death of her son Herbert who had died at the end of1916 ?

The Deaths at Sea Records show H. Frankland, 33 – A.B., born West Hartlepool, address 29 Havelock Street, West Hartlepool . Ship – Serbistan of Swansea, died 7th November 1916 (the 7th must be a mistake in the record and it should be the 17th). Died at sea, supposed drowned, ship missing.

 An article in the Daily Gazette Middlesbrough 12th March 1917 states “SS Serbistan foundered with all hands during a terrific snowstorm off Land’s End . A £10 insurance claim was awarded to Mrs. Bollands 6th February 1917, widow of J. Bollands, who died age 60, a Donkeyman, of Northallerton on the 17th November 1916.

 There are articles from the Liverpool Post one dated 2nd December 1916 and the other 12th December 1916. The 12thDecember article says the ship’s log book and a Bible in a tin container was picked up by a patrol boat.