A block away, laughing people were leaving the Ideal Theater, where they had just seen a movie. Not a first run show but tickets were only $4. The theater crowd was moving toward the White House Restaurant. It was a small, old-fashion hamburger joint and the aroma from its hamburgers was wickedly enticing.
Directly across the street and seeming to tower over the other buildings was the
Doherty Motor Hotel, the location of tonight’s investigation. Its parking lot was packed and the hotel busy with all sorts of people coming and going for business and pleasure.
Early Doherty Hotel attracted those who appreciated luxury.
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That was followed by the 300-ton Hull-registered barque Thomas Jackson on 18 March 1825; she was on passage from Hull for Leith and Miramichi in Canada when she struck the Crumstone and was lost along with five of her crew. There followed another nine sloops, schooners, keel ships, brigs and one tug up to 1892. The last to be wrecked on Crumstone was as late as 1939, when the SS Helmsdale came to grief. Since 1836, a further eight known vessels have ran aground on the jagged rocks of the Callers but, unlike the Crumstone, which was responsible for the sinking of mainly sailing vessels, all but one of the wrecks on the Callers were steam powered and did not rely entirely on the wind: on 7 October 1875, the 323-ton schooner Courier (built in 1850), on 25 September 1915, the 727-ton steamer Britannia IIII (1885 – Leith, Hull and Hamburg Steam Packet Co. Ltd, Leith); on 27 January 1917, Skovdal of Christiania; in 1920, the 3,356-ton steamer Graciana (1903 – Furness, Withy and Co. Ltd, West Hartlepool) ran aground but was able to re-float and sustained very little damage and, on 24 January 1924, the steam trawler Saint Louis of Hull suffered the same fate when it too ran aground. The last known wreck on the Callers was on 9 January 1975 when the 44-ton MFV Sedulous II of Pittenweem, Fife, tore her bottom out and became a total loss. Fortunately, my records show that from all the ships mentioned on both Crumstone and the Callers, only five people lost their lives, possibly thanks to the proximity and number of local lifeboat stations. The most vulnerable vessels these days seems to be diving craft, because every weekend during the summer months sees dozens of rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs), with their unsuspecting occupants, fly out to the Outer Farnes from Beadnell. The route to Longstone takes them right over, or very Velvet crab scurrying for cover off Crumstone and every year a small number fail to realise how close the reefs are to the surface.
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