The Portlethen yawl, Sea Hawk, sank on 17 January 1906 with a crew of six – three drowned and three were saved.
The yawl was fishing about four miles off the Portlethen coast, at which time there was a heavy sea running accompanied by a gusty wind. The combination of these conditions caused the vessel to capsize throwing all the occupants into the sea, three of the crew disappeared almost immediately and the other three managed to scramble and cling to the upturned hull of their vessel.
Luckily, the trawler, North Pole, of Aberdeen, was in the vicinity and managed to pick up the survivors before hypothermia set in. By that time the rescued men were exhausted and at the end of their tether. They were taken aboard and landed in Aberdeen shortly afterwards.
The dead men were Robert Main, George Main and Alexander Leiper. Those saved were George Main, jun., John Main and John Leiper.