Can readers solve mystery of WW1 pilot’s rescue of Drifter Ethnee
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An inscribed silver goblet awarded to a Gorleston deep sea pilot for a rescue, is going under the hammer at an auction with a guide price of up to £400.
The goblet was presented by the Board of the Admiralty to Pilot G J Hayman for 'saving the crew of HM Drifter Ethnee' on January 18, 1918.
The goblet is accompanied by a newspaper cutting declaring Gorleston Pilot Saves Crew and it will be auctioned on February 18 at Lockdales Auctioneers of Martlesham.
The Ethnee was a 'hired drifter' ie rented by the Admiralty from its owner to stand as a net barrier tender to foil German U boats off the Kent coast at Deal.
North Shields-built Ethnee 'was lost' on the nearby Goodwin Sands and Navy reports state there was no casualties.
The newspaper clipping does not reveal how Pilot G J Hayman saved the crew.
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