The Quiet Disaster - the story of the brave men of the St Finbarr ... Christmas, 1966.


On Sunday, September 12 at noon at the Wrecking Ball Arts Centre, 15, Whitefriargate, Hull I will be giving my Heritage Open Day lecture "The Quiet Disaster" which tells how a fireball ripped through the super trawler St Finbarr on Christmas Day, 1966.

Ten crewmen died instantly and a further two men perished in the dramatic two-day rescue that followed. Back home in Hull a Christmas news blackout meant families did not know who was alive or dead.

The story, told in my Barbican Press book, "The Luckiest Thirteen" is a tale of high-seas drama, courage and supreme seamanship against the backdrop of a Hessle Road love story. This is my first public lecture in just less than two years! I hope you can join me.

Admission is FREE.

There will be some author-signed copies of my work available, but feel free to bring your own copy if you would like it signed... socially distanced of course.

See you soon. It is an honour to tell these stories.


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