THE GRIMSBY EVENING TELEGRAPH
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph dated 22
It was learned in London to-day that the British
trawler reported earlier to have been sunk when the Germans raided
Namsos, dropping many bombs, on Saturday, was H.M. trawler Rutlandshire.
All the crew were saved.
Before being taken over by the Admiralty,
Rutlandshire was owned by the Rutland Fishing Company Ltd., Grimsby
(Manager H. Markham Cook Ltd.).
It is not known whether any Grimsby men were aboard.
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph dated 23 April 1940.
GRIMSBY MAN ON
His Wife Anxiously
ALTHOUGH the trawler Rutlandshire, reported lost off
Norway, was formerly a Grimsby - owned vessel, there was only one local
man serving on her when she was sunk.
He was Joseph Chapman Winney, the
chief engineer, who lives at 2, Tennyson Road, Cleethorpes. Mr Winney
has been on the ship since the war started, and formerly was fishing in
His wife has heard nothing official.
What information she has received has been through newspapers or over
"I am terribly anxious," she said, to-day.
"I haven't heard anything from my husband. When he wrote he told me
there was some talk of a man joining the ship who lived in Cooper Road,
Mr and Mrs. Winney have three children.
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph dated 30 April 1940.
GRIMSBY SHIP FIGHTS TWENTY NAZI PLANES
Admiralty Trawler's Heroic Venture off Norway
RUN ASHORE IN
HOURS OF BOMBING
HOW the former Grimsby trawler, Rutlandshire,
was sunk after fighting about twenty Nazi planes in a Norwegian
fjord for hours was told when members of her crew reached home
Two Grimsby men on board were Joseph
Chapman Winney, chief engineer, of 2, Tennyson Street,
Cleethorpes, and the mate, Albert Owen Barker, of 68
Barcroft Street, Cleethorpes.
Although the ship was sunk, all of her crew of 27
reached the shore safely. One of them was slightly
wounded by a machine-gun bullet after he reached the
The story of the attack was told by Chief Engineer
Winney, who said that the ship was alongside a jetty
when a single Nazi plane came over, apparently on
FROM ALL DIRECTIONS
"We prepared for action,"
he said, "and soon the nazi bombers started coming
over. I was below at my post, so I did not see much, but
the chaps told me that the planes came for us in groups
from all directions, and that they counted between
twelve and sixteen of them at once."
"We dodged them as best we could, and our gun crews
"The guns' crews were magnificent and stuck to it
right to the end. Salvos of bombs fell all round us, but
it was only a question of time before they got us, there
were so many of them."
"it would not have been any use us getting into the
boat, for the boats were riddled with machine-gun
bullets, and we would only have made a good target for
NOT DIRECT HIT
"Finally they got us though it
was not a direct hit. One of the bombs fell just behind
the stern and burst underneath the ship."
"The ship literally jumped out of the water and
threw all of us down. Great damage was done below, and
the ship started to go down fairly quickly, so we
steamed for the shore and got close to land before the
ship struck forward and sank."
"We had two life rafts and most of us got
ashore in them. I was in one of the floats as I cannot
swim. We paddled ashore and the other men who could swim
swam ashore fairly easily."
OVER THE HILLTOPS
"We were all soaked through and
some of us had very little clothing on. I had only a
singlet and trousers. Even after we had got ashore we
were not safe, because the Nazi planes were flying about
over the hill tops and we could hear their machine-guns
going. Two of the crew had got ashore ahead of the rest
of us and had disappeared. We called out but got no
Then we climbed over the snow-covered rocks and on the
hillside we found an empty house. We broke in to get
some shelter, but we dare not light a fire because the
smoke would have shown the planes where we were and we
would have been attacked again."
DODGED BEHIND TREES
"The attacks had started in the
morning and it was afternoon by the time we got into the
house. Finally some Norwegians came along and guided us
to the nearest village and there we found the two
missing members of the crew who had arrived there about
twenty minutes previously."
"They had climbed the cliff and had been attacked
by the Nazi planes with machine-guns. They had dodged
behind trees and one of them had a wound on the side of
his neck, apparently from a machine-gun bullet."
"We were all suffering from the cold and some of
our chaps had their feet frost-bitten and bleeding from
the snow and the rocks."
WENT TO CHURCH
"The Norwegians dried our wet
clothes, gave us hot coffee, very good food, and after a
feed and a smoke we felt a lot better. They also gave us
clothes and did everything to make us feel welcome. They
put us up for the night and next day, which was Sunday,
we all had a church service and then we left. The
Norwegian people seemed really sorry that we were
"The people ashore were simply wonderful, though
they were having a terrible time themselves."
"It is quite true that the Germans are bombing and
machine-gunning open towns and villages in Norway."
"On the Sunday that we were in
the village, Nazi planes bombed the next village and set
it on fire with incendiary bombs, for we saw the place
blazing when we left our Norwegian friends".
TRIBUTE TO SKIPPER
"The Germans had everything
their own way on that occasion, for we were the only
ship in the fjord and we had not any of our planes
there. But now that our planes are getting there, things
will be very different."
"Our skipper, a Naval Officer, never ceased looking
after us and did everything he could under the
MATE SAYS NOTHING
Albert Owen Baker, of 68 Barcroft
Street, Cleethorpes, mate of the Rutlandshire, declined
to say anything about his experience when a
"Telegraph" reporter called at his home.
"It is all over and done with so far as I am
concerned," he said. "All I can say is that
after we got ashore, the Norwegian people were simply
"They gave us excellent food and then provided
us with transport after it was all over. They looked
after us wonderfully and we are all very grateful indeed
to them for their kindness." Another Grimsby man
named Johnson, whose home is in Durban Road, was a
member of the Rutlandshire but was taken ill just before
the trawler left the British Isles for Norway and had
not rejoined the vessel when she was lost.
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