New patrol vessel honours memory of water bailiff

SebastianTerelinck: Picture submitted

SebastianTerelinck: Picture submitted - Credit: Archant

Relatives of a west Norfolk man who drowned more than a century ago while working for the fisheries inspectorate are expected to attend a ceremony where a boat will be named in his honour.

Head water bailiff Sebastian Terelinck, 75, of King's Lynn, and his assistant John Allen, 23, of West Lynn, drowned after their row boat capsized in the Lynn Channel on December 29, 1913. A new patrol vessel named after Mr Allen two years ago is already patrolling the seas, and the The Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority will honour Mr Terelinck with the naming of a second new enforcement vessel. North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham will be the guest of honour at the naming ceremony for Fishery Patrol Vessel (FPV) Sebastian Terelinck at 3.30pm on September 13 at Marriott's Wharf in King's Lynn.

Two days before, Eastern IFCA is having Mr Terelinck's headstone, which has been restored, re-laid at Hardwick Road Cemetery.

The new £400,000 vessel is 12-metres long, and will be primarily used to patrol the coastline of Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Suffolk out to six nautical miles. The boat has been built in Ireland and will be launched on the day.

A spokesman for the conservation authority said: 'For over 37 years Sebastian Jacobus Terelinck was a leading figure in the development of the fisheries management function in King's Lynn as fishery bailiff to the Lynn Corporation and latterly to the Eastern Sea fisheries committee, a forerunner to today's IFCA.


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'A Dutchman by birth, born into a fishing family, he was highly respected for his prodigious knowledge of shellfish fisheries, notably being called before a royal commission as an expert witness.

'His efforts to assure the sustainability of the Wash fisheries was thoroughly appreciated by the fishermen of the period and directly mirrors the work of IFCA officers today.'

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Unfortunately, the Terelinck family were no strangers to tragedy and one of Mr Terelinck's sons, Frank, drowned in about the same place several years earlier, while pursuing his duties as assistant water bailiff.

Are you remembering an important figure from your community's history? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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