North Landing’s the notorious location of the Flamborough disaster, 5 February 1909, when the crews of several fishing boats were caught in a sudden gale.
Robert Cross, Stuart’s great great uncle, was with the Flamborough lifeboat that day. He was trying to save his brother (Stuart’s great great grandfather) and two nephews. The rowing lifeboat, even with 20 men aboard, couldn’t reach them in the ferocious conditions and six lives were lost.
Local fishermen vowed never to fish there again. Robert Cross devoted his life to the lifeboats. He became a coxswain at Humber, was awarded two RNLI Gold Medals, and his memorial reads: ‘Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.’