Mark Canavan 31-May-18

First Name: Mark
Last Name:Canavan
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Mercantile Marines
Military Number:
Place of Birth:Carna Connemara
Place of Death:Trawler Pretty Polly
Date of Death:31-May-18
Additional Information:

Presumed Drowned: 31-May-1918 Age 26.

Supplementary Notes: Son of Bridget canavan of Ard East, Carna, Connemara, 

Remember: Tower Hill Memorial-London-United-Kingdom.

On May 31st, 1918, Pretty Polly, a British trawler of 19 tons, was sunk by the German submarine U-101 (Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg), off Roundstone Bay, Galway.

CANAVAN, MARK (26), Fisherman, Pretty Polly, Mercantile Marine, †31/05/1918, Son of Bridget Canavan, of Ard East, Carna, Co. Galway, and the late Thomas Canavan. Born at Ard East, Carna, Co. Galway, Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial


The Smack was the type of fishing boat that brought home the fish to Market for most of the 19th Century, up to the Second World War .

The smack was usually ketch rigged, some had a topsail on the Mizzen mast , while others had a bowsprit carrying a jib.

These boats were very popular in Brixham, Grimsby and Lowestoft. Having sails in red ochre, they were a picturesque sight.

Mercantile Marines

Mercantile Marines

Tower Hill Memorial-London-United Kingdom. ()

Tower Hill Memorial-London-United Kingdom.()

Pretty Polly. ( The smack 19 Tons Fishing Boat)

Pretty Polly. ( The smack 19 Tons Fishing Boat)