New patrol boat to honour King’s Lynn water bailiff

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A West Norfolk man will be honoured more than a century after his death with the naming of a £400,000 new patrol boat.

Water bailiff Sebastian Terelinck and his assistant John Allen drowned after their row boat capsized in the Lynn Channel in December 1913 while they were inspecting mussel beds.

The Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Agency will be naming its patrol boat in honour of 75-year-old Mr Terelinck during a ceremony on Sunday, September 13.

A boat dedicated to Mr Allen is already patrolling the authority’s patch, which includes Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Chief-executive Phil Haslam said: “The two men lost their lives in the conduct of their duties and ensuring that people can make a living from the fisheries.

“It is nice to be able to remember them.”

The 12 metre cabin ribbed boat is currently being built in Ireland and will be launched on the day.

West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham will be the special guest at the naming ceremony, which will take place at the pontoons on South Quay, along with relatives of Mr Terelinck.

Mr Terelinck had been born into a fishing family in Zeeland, Holland, but moved to Lynn when he was 20. He later married Hannah Watson and had 13 children.

He took a series of fishing jobs over the years but eventually joined the fisheries inspectorate, which he served for 37 years.

He is believed to have earlier retired from the service but a relative found a letter dating back to August 1913 which confirmed his re-appointment for a further year.

Mr Terelinck’s death was one of two tragedies endured by his family.

His son Frank died in almost the same spot as Mr Terelinck and Mr Allen six years earlier.

Mr Allen lived in West Lynn and was just 28 when he died.

The body of Mr Allen, who had been captain of West Lynn Football Club, washed up at Snettisham beach two months after the incident.

His death was the first of two his family had to endure in less than 12 months. A few months after his death, a brother died in the First World War when his boat was bombed by a U-boat.