Families sought to attend 60th anniversary service for victims of George Robb trawler disaster

The journey began in Aberdeen with a crew of mostly young men hoping they might secure a Christmas bonus for their loved ones. But it ended in disaster when 12 sailors aboard the George Robb trawler, skippered by 31-year-old Marshall Ryles, were killed in the midst of a horrific storm off Duncansby Bay in Caithness en-route to the Faroes in December 1959. The disaster – which claimed a 13th victim when one of the rescuers, Eric Campbell, succumbed to a heart attack – led to 34 children losing their fathers as communities grieved across the Granite City. >click to read< 17:29

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