Goole lost another old master mariner the sudden death, last Thursday of Captain Frank King, of 23 Centenary Road, Goole. He was 80 years of age.
Captain King began his sea going career as an apprentice in sailing ships. He made voyages to all parts of the world until, in 1907, he took command of the S S Goole. He also commanded the S S Dicky, S S Kalua and S S Lulonga, the latter being torpedoed in the early days of World War II.
After spending some time in hospital after his experience, Captain King went back to sea. His last command was the S S Yorkfleet, and he retired in 1947.
Even in retirement, however, his yearning for the sea remained, and he acted as temporary master in doing relief periods at sea. He was awarded the M.B.E. for meritorious service in two world wars.
After his retirement Captain King became a member of the Goole Old Time Dancing Association. He was also a member of the Goole branch of the British Legion, the Railway Club and Institute, the Good Samaritan Lodge and in his early days, a member of the R.O.A.B.
Interment took place at Goole Cemetery on Monday, after a service in the Cemetery Chapel conducted by the vicar (the Rev. R Hanson), assisted by the Rev. P B Challen.
Immediate mourners were: Mr L King, Mr F King, Mr D King (sons), Mr S King was at sea, and could not be present Mrs R Greenitt, London, Mrs W L Wreakes, Mrs L Robinson (daughters), Mrs S King, Mrs L King (daughters-in-law), Det. Sergt. Greensitt, London, Mr W L Wreakes, Mr L Robinson (sons-in-law), Mr Peter King, Miss Marlene Robinson (grandchildren), Mrs C W King, Mrs C Daniels (sisters-in-law), Mr and Mrs W King, Mr and Mrs Eric King, Mrs H Richardson, Mrs R Kay, Mrs S K Dent, Hull, (nephews and nieces).
Others present included: Mr and Mrs C Gledhill, Mrs D S Peart, Mr George Short, Mr J Evens, Mr W Wheldrake and Captain and Mrs Prentice,
Among the floral tributes were those from members of the Goole British Legion, member and committee of the Railway Club and Institute, and the Goole Old-Time Dancing Association.