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Hull City help mark Triple Trawler Tragedy anniversary

Hull City will help mark the 50-year anniversary of the city’s Triple Trawler Tragedy when they take on Chelsea in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup this evening (February 16).

In front of a global TV audience of millions, the club’s black and amber shirts will feature a special logo on the sleeve in the latest of a series of commemorations half a century on from a disaster that had a huge impact on Hull’s large fishing community and the wider fishing industry.

In January 1968, three fishing trawlers – the St Romanus, the Kingston Peridot and the Ross Cleveland – left Hull and never returned. By February 5th, news of the fate of all three trawlers had reached home with the loss of 58 lives confirmed.

It sparked a safety campaign, led by fisherman’s wife Lillian Bilocca, and led to the introduction of immediate reforms to the fishing industry including tighter regulation of trawler design and construction, improved safety equipment and legal standards for radio equipment on board. The campaign was the subject of BBC Four’s recent documentary ‘Hull’s Headscarf Heroes’.

Following the game, the team’s playing shirts will be donated to local charities STAND (St Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group), Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, The Fishermen’s Mission and St John the Baptist Church all of which raise funds for projects that commemorate Hull’s fishing heritage.