I am writing in the hope that readers can complete the detail of an event which occurred in the 1950s.
I was a member of the crew of the SS Dunsley belonging to Headlam & Son, Whitby. The master was Captain George Trowsdale.
A crew member, surname Howard, I believe he was an assistant steward (also from Whitby), told me an amazing story of a voyage to the Town of Igarka on the River Yenisey in Siberia to load timber for the UK. However, after leaving the Yenisey and crossing the Kara Sea, they ran aground in the Matochkin Shar of Novaya Zemlya. The crew managed to launch two lifeboats and all hands safely got on shore. The boats were overturned to provide shelter and they lived under the boats for some days until a Russian naval patrol arrived and rescued them.
I apologise for not recording the name of the British ship involved.
WILLIAM ANDREW GILL