On This Day in Trinity House History – 7 September

1972

Trinity House Lightvessel Crew Helps a Stranded Yachtsman

The following appeared in Flash magazine:

“On Tuesday, 5th September, 1972, Mr. Eric Sundberg, aged 62, a lone yachtsman from Stockholm, Sweden, tied up astern of the Smith’s Knoll Light Vessel. He was short of drinking water, after losing much of it during a stormy crossing of the Baltic. Mr. Sundberg boarded the Light Vessel in order to explain, in broken English, his requirements, and turned to find his yacht drifting away in the twilight, on the strong tide! Radio messages were sent by the Master of the Smith’s Knoll, and shortly afterwards his yacht Marelena was picked up by a Belgian Fishery Protection Vessel and towed safely into Great Yarmouth Harbour.

Next day, THV Mermaid arrived, in the normal course of her duties, at the Smith’s Knoll, and took Mr. Sundberg aboard. He was later landed at Great Yarmouth where he was reunited with his yacht.

This experienced sailor made everyone, including the Customs Officials, feel embarrassed by his expressions of gratitude, and self-condemnation!!”

 

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