Francis Hanson (Known as Frank)
Frank was born
into a fishing family in
Frank won a scholarship to the local Grammar School but was unable to take it up and with money in short supply, at the age of thirteen, he went to sea as a cabin boy on the steam drifter ‘Emulator’. That same year at the outbreak of World War I Frank, according to the Government’s age regulations, was under age to continue on the ‘Emulator’ and consequently was put ashore. The boat later hit a mine and sank with all hands lost. Frank continued in fishing and the family subsequently owned the first Filey coble to have an engine. It was named ‘Ebenezer’
an active member of the
Towards the end of the twenties, being unable to make a living fishing, Frank joined an insurance company and later became District Manager. Vi died in 1949. In the years that followed his wife’s death Frank remained very active in the church, preaching, playing and singing. In 1960 he gathered together local fishermen to sing as a choir for a special Harvest of the Sea Service at Filey Ebenezer Chapel. This choir that he formed remained together and was the start of the Filey Fishermen’s Choir as we know it today.
Frank later re-married. He went on to enjoy many happy years retirement during which he continued to maintain his love of the sea and fishing by helping the Filey Fishermen, baiting lines etc.
He died in 1976.
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