Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The sinking of the Hilda
The night of the 18th November 1905 was a night of snow and storms. Conditions were so bad that the men on the Grand Jardin lighthouse didn't see or hear that the steamer, Hilda was in distress close by. They didn't even hear when her engines exploded.
125 men died in the icy waters, they were aged between 12 and 45. There were 6 survivors. One crewman; Mr Grinter (Greender?) and 5 Johnny Onions. Young men from Brittany who had crossed to England in July to sell their onions door-to-door and were now returning home. Their names were Paul-Marie Pen(n), Tanguy Laot, Olivier Caroff, Louis Rozec and Louis Mouster.