Category Archives: Recreation

St Mary's Church, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Gateshead commemorating James Renforth, professional oarsman d. 1871

Location

St Mary's Church, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England

Transcript

“WHAT WILL THEY SAY IN ENGLAND" / THESE WERE / THE DYING WORDS OF / JAMES RENFORTH, / CHAMPION OARSMAN OF ENGLAND, / WHO WAS STRUCK BY DEATH WHILE ROWING / ON THE KENNEBECASIS RIVER FOR THE / CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. / BORN APRIL 7 1842 DIED AUGUST 23 1871. / ST. GEORGE'S SOCIETY / OF HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA ERECTS THIS TABLET / AS A TOKEN OF WHAT ENGLISHMEN THINK OF HIM / ACROSS THE SEA' [One corners] 'KELLY', 'PERCY', 'CHAMBERS', 'BRIGHT'.

Details

Description: Inscription within Gothic arch flanked by pillars.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall

People

Renforth, James
Age: 29
Date of Death: 23/8/1871
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Hessle commemorating Colonel Charles Hudson d. 1931, yachtsman

Location

All Saints Church, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Charles Hudson, Born January 20 1878. Lost at sea August 16 1931 during the Fastnet Ocean Yacht Race'

Details

People

Hudson, Charles
Age: 53
Date of Death: 16/8/1931
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: yachtsman
Organisation:

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Notes: Lost overboard.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Clarke d. 1897

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Clarke aged 68 Drowned from the yacht 'Sula' in Princes Channel May 18 1897'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Sula

People

Clarke, William
Age: 68
Date of Death: 18/5/1897
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: yacht crew
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England

Gravestone at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, commemorating Uffa Fox d. 1972

Location

St Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'UFFA FOX 1898-1972 NAVAL ARCHITECT'

Details

Description: Headstone and kerbstone.
Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Granite

People

Fox, Uffa
Age:
Date of Death: 1972
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Yachtsman. Naval architect
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating James Fieldgate d. 1876

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'JAMES I. FIELDGATE aged 27 lost from the Yacht 'Vigilant' off Gravesend,. Oct 11 1876 and buried at Sheerness'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Vigilant

People

Fieldgate, James I.M.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 11/10/1876
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: yacht crew
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Clarence Everett d. 1878

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'CLARENCE EVERETT aged 19 lost from the Yacht 'Lorna' in the River Thames July 5 1878 and buried in this churchyard'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Lorna

People

Everett, Clarence
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/7/1878
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: yacht crew
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Thomas Lamb d. 1892

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'THOMAS LAMB aged 21 Drowned from the Yacht 'Ghost' off Point Lynas Anglesey June 2 1892 and buried at Penmaenmawr'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Ghost

People

Lamb, Thomas
Age: 21
Date of Death: 2/6/1892
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: yacht crew
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Brompton cemetery, London, England

Monument at Brompton Cemetery, London commemorating Robert Coombes d. 1860,  rowing champion

Location

Brompton cemetery, London, England

Details

Description: Full-length figures of rowers at the corners of the monument, a carved boat on the top with a coat draped over it.
Type: Free standing monument

People

Coombes, Robert
Age: 58
Date of Death: 1860
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Oarsman
Organisation:

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Notes: Champion Thames sculler 1846-52. Born 1808. Died in lunatic asylum. Monument erected by his friends.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 29, 80 (picture 79).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Clarence Jefferies d. 1914

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Clarence Jefferies Aged 34 lost from the Yacht 'Sonya' off Ramsgate July 19 1914'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Sonya

People

Jefferies, Clarence
Age: 34
Date of Death: 19/7/1914
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: yacht crew
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Gravestone in Protestant burial ground, Rome commemorating the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley d. 1822

Location

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Transcript

'PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY / COR CORDIUM / NATUS IV AUG MDCCXCII / OBIIT VIII JUL. MDCCCXXII / Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Don Juan

People

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Age:
Date of Death: 8/7/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Poet
Organisation:

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Notes: Poet, drowned in yachting accident.
Bibliography: Dr Garnet 'The Shelley Monuments', 'Illustrated London News' (May 21 1892) p. 627.