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Essex: Victims of historic boat tragedy to be honoured at service

PUBLISHED: 11:13 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:13 08 August 2013

Steam yacht Atalanta which was formerly known as the Lorena

Steam yacht Atalanta which was formerly known as the Lorena

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A group of sailors who have lain in an unmarked grave for more than a century are to be honoured with a memorial service on the anniversary of the tragedy which took their lives.

Steps are also being taken to create a permanent
memorial to the crew mates, who drowned off the coast
of Brightlingsea in 1903,
after stopping refuel with coal.

The men, who were from Leith in Scotland, worked in the engine room of the steam yacht Lorena, which was
at the time one of the
most advanced ships in the world.

The eight men from the Lorena were buried in a mass grave, with Joseph Lock, from Brightlingsea, buried alongside them. The victims were John Currie, 47, James Douglas, 46, Alexander Smith, 36, John McLean-Johnson, 26, John Boyd McGregor, 25, brothers Andrew, 31, and David Wilson, 26 and Frederick Richard McLaren, 25.

But despite the men’s identities being known, no headstone was put up and the grave at All Saints Church remains unmarked 110 years later.

Roger Tabor, of Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea, is hoping to contact descendants of the families to secure their support for a lasting memorial. The memorial service will take place at the grave at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, at 2pm today.

Anyone with information on the men’s descendants should contact the church by email to revhowson@gmail.com

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

Police are searching for a 52-year-old man from Leavenheath who has been reported missing.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

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