Service held to remember crew lost at sea

A wreath was layed near the site of the tragedy that took place 100 years ago
A wreath was layed near the site of the tragedy that took place 100 years ago

A memorial service and wreath laying ceremony was held recently to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Peterhead Lifeboat Alexander Tulloch, and three of its crew.

The tragedy happened on Saturday, December 26, 1914 when the Hull trawler Tom Tit ran ashore in a fierce southerly gale on a rock located within a hundred yards of the entrance to the Peterhead South Harbour.

Three men lost their lives: Thomas Adams, David Murray Strachan and James Geddes, while James Cameron, John Strachan, Robert Slessor, John Davidson, William Buchan, Peter Geddes, Andrew McLean, William Cameron and Charles Cameron were saved.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 27 at Peterhead fishmarket auction hall, near the Lifeboat Station.

Joining Peterhead RNLI lifeboat volunteers at the private service were the relatives of crew who launched on service to aid the Hull registered trawler “Tom tit” on that stormy day in December 1914. 

The service was followed by the laying of a wreath from the Peterhead Lifeboat ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’ just West of the New Smiths Quay to which spectators were cordially invited.

The Peterhead Lifeboat crew received an e-mail from one of the crew’s relatives following the service.

In the message, Teresa Strachan Clark said: “A huge thanks to you all for organising this wonderful tribute to my great grandfather, David Murray Strachan, and the other crew who were involved with the rescue of the Tom Tit.”