Can readers solve mystery of WW1 pilot’s rescue of Drifter Ethnee

Tha award presented by thr Admiralty to the hero pilot

Tha award presented by thr Admiralty to the hero pilot - Credit: Archant

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.

Does anyone recognise the name as being one of their relatives, or knows of the story of the rescue? Call 01493 847958 or email

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