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Belle Memorial for Stricken Bridlington Boat

A memorial has been unveiled in Bridlington on Sunday to remember the wartime crew of the original Yorkshire Belle.

The pleasure cruiser struck a mine in the River Humber on 11th April 1941, as local sailor Richard Jones explains:

The original Bridlington Pleasure cruiser was requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

Mr Jones says not many people know the story:

A memorial was unveiled at Bridlington Cenotaph, Wellington Road, for the nine crew who died on board the Yorkshire Belle when she sank.
 
Built in 1938, the Bridlington pleasure boat was taken over by the Navy for patrol duties and boom defence, flying the white ensign and being re-designated HMS or HMPV Yorkshire Belle for the duration of her war service.  
 
The ship was carrying out a routine patrol when she struck a mine, her entire crew died, only four of the bodies were ever recovered and three are buried in Grimsby.   

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