Category Archives: Emigration

Bagh Siar, Vatersay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Memorial to passengers and crew of ‘Annie Jane’ wrecked Vatersay, 1853.

Location

Bagh Siar, Vatersay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Transcript

'THE SHIP ANNIE JANE / WITH EMIGRANTS / FROM LIVERPOOL TO QUEBEC / WAS TOTALLY WRECKED / IN THIS BAY / AND THREE FOURTHS / OF THE CREW AND PASSENGERS / NUMBERING ABOUT 350 / MEN WOMEN AND CHILDRED / WERE DROWNED / AND THEIR BODIES INTERRED HERE' [base] 'AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD / WHICH WERE IN IT REV. XX 13'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Granite
Vessel: Annie Jane

Extra

Notes: 'Annie Jane' an emigrant ship bound for Quebec from Liverpool, driven onshore at Vatersay with the loss of about 348 casualties on 28 September 1853..

Islay, Argyle and Bute, Scotland

Memorial to those lost in wreck of 'Exmouth' 1847, Islay
Memorial to those lost in wreck of ‘Exmouth’ 1847, Islay

Memorial to the loss of the emigrant ship  ‘Exmouth’ 1847, on Islay.

Location

Islay, Argyle and Bute, Scotland

Transcript

'THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE / MEMORY OF 241 IRISH EMIGRANTS WHO / LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE 28TH OF APRIL / 1847, WHEN THE BRIG THE EXMOUTH OF / NEWCASTLE OUT OF DERRY AND BOUND / FOR QUEBEC CANADA AT THE TIME OF / THE GREAT FAMINE, WAS WRECKED ON / THE N/W COAST OF ISLAY, 108 BODIES, / MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN (63 / UNDER THE AGE OF 14, AND 9 INFANTS) / WERE RECOVERED AND ARE BURIED / UNDER THE SOFT GREEN TURF OF /TRAIGH BHAN / MAY THEIR SOULs REST IN THE / PEACE OF CHRIST', 'MEMORIAL FUNDED BY / THE IRELAND FUND OF GT. BRITAIN.'

Details

Description: A bronze plaque on a stone cairn within a gated and walled enclosure. A Celtic cross above the plaque and on the gate.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Sone; bronze
Vessel: 'Exmouth'

Extra

Bibliography: Richard E. Keys 'Dictionary of Tyne Sailing Ships' (1998)
Recorder: David Hodge

St George's Church, Beckenham, London, England

Wall tablet at St George’s Church, Beckenham commemorating members of the Dennis family who died in the wreck of the emigrant ship ‘Northfleet’ in 1873

Location

St George's Church, Beckenham, London, England

Transcript

'CATHERINE ANN, daughter of James Dennis, / Sexton of Beckenham, and Catherine his wife; / Thomas Webb, her husband, and their three / infant children, Henry, Thomas Frederick, and / Mary Elizabeth, were all drowned, together / with nearly three hundred more, on the night, / of January 22ND, 1873, in the emigrant ship / Northfleet, wrecked off Dungeness when / outward bound for Australia. / Their neighbours / have erected this tablet to their memory. / 'It is I; be not afraid'. / Matthew. xiv-27'

Details

Description: Plain rectangular tablet in veriegated marble.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South aisle lower
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Northfleet

People

Webb, Catherine Ann
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1873
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Webb, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1873
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Webb, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1873
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Webb, Mary Elizabeth
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1873
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Webb, Thomas Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1873
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating John Doughty d. 1856

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'John Doughty, son of Thomas and Ann Doughty, who was drowned with his wife and daughter on their passage from Melbourne To New Zealand, November 1856 age 35'

Details

People

Doughty, John
Age: 35
Date of Death: 11/1856
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From an MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d.1886, vol. 8, p. 817. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site.

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Captain Thomas Robley d. 1890 in the loss of the SS ‘Erin’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of my dear husband Captain THOMAS ROBLEY, who was lost in the S.S. 'ERIN', January 1890, aged 35 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H335
Vessel: SS Erin

People

Robley, Thomas
Age: 35
Date of Death: 1/1890
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: National Steam Navigation Company

Extra

Notes: 'Erin' 1864 disappeared during a voyage from New York to Liverpool.

Sally Port, Broad Street, Portsmouth, England

Memorial at Broad Street, Portsmouth commemorating the settlement of Virginia  in 1587

Location

Sally Port, Broad Street, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'Commemorates the sailing from Portsmouth on the 26th of April 1587 of 91 men, 187 woman & 9 children who were sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to the area then called Virginia- now called North Carolina. On Roanoke Island they built the 'Cittie of Raleigh' the first English Village in America. The colony known as Ralegh's Lost Colony disappeared between 1587-90'

Details

Materials: Bronze

Event

Settlement of Virginia

Event Date

1587

Event Category

English colonization of North America

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St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Memorial formerly at St Nicholas’s Church, Deptford, London commemorating Captain George Shelvocke RN d. 1742

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Transcript

'Here lyeth the body of Captain George Shelvocke descended of an ancient family in Shropshire; but long an inhabitant of this town. He was bred to the sea service, under Admiral Benbow, and served on board of the Royal Navy in the wars of King William and Queen Anne. In the years of our Lord 1719, 20, 21 and 22 he performed a voyage round the globe of the world, which he most wonderfully, and to the great loss of the Spaniards compleated, though in the midst of it he had the misfortune to suffer shipwreck upon the Island of Juan Fernandez on the coast of the Kingdom of Chili. He was a gentleman of great abilities in his profession and allowed to have been one of the bravest and most accomplished seamen of his time. He departed this life in London Nov 30 1742 in the 67 year of his age'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Churchyard near east wall

People

Shelvocke, George
Age: 66
Date of Death: 30/11/1742
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Memorial now destroyed. A wall tablet in the chancel commemorates Shelvocke's son George d. 1760 aged 58 who accompanied his father on his circumnavigation.
Bibliography: J. Summerson 'Monuments in St Nicholas Deptford', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 27, p. 281 (Cambridge,1941); Daniel Lysons 'The Environs of London' vol. iv, p. 364 (London, 1792-6); A.E. Daniell 'London Riverside Churches', p. 309 (London, 1897).

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Captain Charles William Lees d. 1891 in the loss of the ‘Utopia’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Emma Isabella Humble Leighton, died November 6th 1857, aged 9 years. Also Mary Leighton, Mother of the above, who died 28 Sept. 1872, aged 66. Also Elizabeth Lees, daughter of the above, born 14 November 1846, died 13 April 1876. Also Robert Gibson Leighton, Second son of William Leighton and the above Mary Leighton, born 7th October 1842, died 24th. April 1879, on board the S.S. 'AFRICA', on his way home from Lagos to Liverpool, and was on the same day buried at sea off Whydah. Also Captain CHARLES WILLIAM LEES (Second Officer), grandson of Captain William Humble Leighton,of this port,born 2nd April 1861 lost in Gibraltar Bay through the foundering of S.S. 'UTOPIA' 17 March 1891'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H481
Vessel: SS Africa, SS Utopia

People

Lees, Charles William
Age: 29
Date of Death: 17/3/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Officer
Organisation: Anchor Line
Leighton, Robert Gibson
Age:
Date of Death: 24/4/1879
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: SS 'Utopia' on a voyage from Trieste to New York carrying Italian emigrants when she sank after a collision with HMS 'Anson' off Gibraltar with the loss of 582 lives.

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Captain Christopher William Finlay d. 1845 in the loss of the ‘Calargui’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Christopher William FINLAY. Captain of the ship Calargui who with 416 souls perished on the 4th August 1845 in the ill-fated vessel on her voyage to Fort Phillip with Emigrants'

Details

Vessel: Calargui

People

Finlay, Christopher William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1845
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 593. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Henry Webb d. 1887

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM HENRY WEBB aged 22 lost from the Emigrant Ship 'Kapunda' off the coast of Brazil Jan. 20 1887'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Kapunda

People

Webb, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 20/1/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: passenger
Organisation: Trinder, Anderson & Co

Extra

Notes: 'Kapuanda' emigrant ship, Trinder, Anderson & Co, sunk in collision off Brazil on a voyage to Australia, with heavy loss of life.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).