Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Memorial to Reginald Thornton, lost in SS ‘Widgeon’ after a collision in 1911

Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER THORNTON BOYD, WHO DIED 6TH MAY 1901, AGED 51 YEARS. / ALSO OF / REGINALD THORNTON BOYD / DEARLY BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ABOARD SS WIDGEON IN A COLLISION OFF NORTHFLEET / 19TH DECEMBER 1911. AGED 28 YEARS. / DEEPLY LAMENETED. BODY NOT RECOVERED. / ALSO / MARY JANE BOYD / DIED, 6TH MARCH 1937. AGED 86 YEARS'

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Description: Columns to side of the stone. Inlaid inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Area B to right of path
Materials: White marble
Vessel: SS Widgeon

People

Thornton, Reginald
Age: 28
Date of Death: 19/12/1911
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

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Notes: SS 'Widgeon' sunk after a collision with an LCC sluice hopper. The Gravesend pilot and two of her crew were lost.

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Memorial in the Howff, Dundee, Scotland dedicated to William Tosh d. 1813

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

On the Front: 'Erected by David Tosh, Boatman, Dundee, in memory of his wife / AGNES HALL, / who died 25th Jan. 1842. aged 50 years; also their children / HELEN / who died 1st March 1821, aged 3 months; DAVID, who died 29th August 1820 aged 7 years. / William, who was drowned from the Schooner MARY of Dundee, off the Mull of Galloway, 8th June 1813, aged 17 1/2 years'. [On the back]: 'Weep not for me but be content, I was not yours but only lent, wipe of those tears and weep no more, I was not yours but gone before'.

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Description: Gravestone with a carving of a small ship sailing alone on a stormy sea above an inscription on the back of the stone with the primary transcript on the front.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Mary of Dundee

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Tosh, David
Age: unknown
Date of Death: unknown
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation: unknown

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Marwick Head, Orkney, Scotland

Memorial to Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, lost in HMS ‘Hampshire’ on 5th June 1916.

Location

Marwick Head, Orkney, Scotland

Transcript

'THIS TOWER WAS RAISED / BY THE PEOPLE OF ORKNEY / IN MEMORY OF FIELD MARSHAL EARL KITCHENER / OF KHARTOUM / THAT CORNER OF HIS COUNTRY / WHICH HE HAD SERVED FAITHFULLY / NEAREST TO THE PLACE / WHERE HE DIED ON DUTY.', 'HE AND HIS OFFICERS PERISHED ALONG WITH / THE OFFICERS AND NEARLY ALL THE MEN OF / H.M.S. HAMPSHIRE ON 5TH JUNE 1916.'

Details

Description: Square battlemented tower, 48 foot high.
Type: Tower
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1926
Artists: J M Bakie (architect); W Liddle (builder)
Vessel: HMS Hampshire

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

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Notes: HMS 'Hampshire' struck a mine off Marwick Head and was lost with a total of 737 casualties. The tower, originally erected by public subscription, was repaired with a grant from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, the Orkney Heritage Society and other organisations in 2016. A wall was added alongside the tower to commemorate the other men lost with the ship and includes the names of those who died.

St Mary's Church, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Memorial at St Mary, Lichfield to Kenelm Michael Dyott, Surgeon RN, lost in ‘Stephen Furness’ 1917.

Location

St Mary's Church, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

'...He went down with HMS 'Stephen Furness' when it was torpedoes in the Irish Sea during the Great War, 1917.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Alabaster
Vessel: HMS Stephen Furness

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Dyott, Kenelm Michael
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: In a church under threat of redundancy.

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

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Memorial to Andrew Fawcus and his sons Thomas, Robert and Andrew d. 1885 at Beadnell, Northumberland

Location

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

Transcript

[Top stage] ‘TO THE MEMORY OF / ANDREW FAWCUS / AGED 59; / AND HIS THREE SONS / THOMAS, AGED 32, / ROBERT, AGED 27 / AND ANDREW, AGED 18 / WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED / WITHIN SIGHT / OF THEIR OWN HOME / JANUARY 31ST 1885. / RESPECTED IN LIFE / AND DEEPLY LAMENTED IN DEATH /’ [Middle stage] ‘THEIR GRAVE / IS IN THE MIGHTY DEEP / AND THEY SHALL RISE AGAIN / THROUGH CHRIST, / WHEN THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP ITS DEAD / ON THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD’ [Bottom stage] ‘ERECTED BY FRIENDS’.

Details

Description: Stepped three-stage sarcophagus, top stage with scalloped corners, all surmounted with a cross inscribed ‘IHS’.
Type: Cross
Position: East end of the churchyard near the wall
Materials: Grey sandstone

People

Fawcus, Andrew
Age: 59
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

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Notes: The four men were drowned after the capsize of fishing coble owned by the elder Andrew Fawcus, while they were picking up crab pots. Fawcus left a wife and four children, his three sons were all married.

St Michael's church, Newhaven, East Sussex

Memorial in Newhaven, East Sussex dedicated to Captain James Hanson and the officers of HMS ‘Brazen’ lost 1800,

Location

St Michael's church, Newhaven, East Sussex

Transcript

[SE Face] ‘THE FRIENDS OF CAPTN. HANSON / CAUSED THIS MONUMENT / TO BE ERECTED / AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM / FOR A DESERVING OFFICER / AND A VALUABLE FRIEND. / IT WAS THE WILL OF HEAVEN / TO PRESERVE HIM DURING FOUR YEARS VOYAGE / OF DANGER AND DIFFICULTY / ROUND THE WORLD / ON DISCOVERIES WITH CAPTN. VANCOUVER / IN THE YEARS 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 / BUT TO TAKE HIM FROM US / WHEN MOST HE THOUGHT HIMSELF SECURE. / “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters” [SW Face] ‘NAMES OF THE OFFICERS LOST / JAMES HANSON ESQ / COMMANDER JAMES COOK / LIEUTS / JOHN DENBRY / PATRICK VENABLES / MIDSHIPMAN / JAMES HANWELL / JOHN BRAUGH PURSER / ROBERT HILL SURGEON / THOMAS WHITFIELD BOATSWAIN ROBERT AALDER YARIE [?] GUNNER / JOHN TEAGUE CARPENTER’ [Panel NW Face] ‘SACRED / TO THE MEMORY / OF / CAPTN. JAMES HANSON / THE OFFICERS AND COMPANY / OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP BRAZEN; / WHO WERE WRECKED / IN A VIOLENT STORM / UNDER THE CLIFF / BEARING FROM THE PLACE S.W. / AT 5 O’CLOCK AM JANRY. 20TH A.D. 1800 / ONE OF THE CREW ONLY SURVIVING / TO TELL THE MELANCHOLY TALE, / BY THIS FATAL EVENT, THE COUNTRY, ALAS! WAS DEPRIVED, / OF 105 BRAVE DEFENDERS AT A TIME, WHEN IT / MOST REQUIRED THEIR ASSISTANCE. / THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THEM / WERE INTERRED NEAR THIS SPOT / BY THE DIRECTION OF THE ADMIRALTY. / “The waters saw Thee O God”. [Panel NE Face] ‘THE BRAZEN HAD BEEN ORDERED TO PROTECT / THIS PART OF THE COAST / FROM THE INSOLENT ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY; / AND ON THE EVENING / PROCEEDING THE / SAD CATASTROPHE, / HAD DETAINED A FOREIGN VESSEL WHICH / WAS PUT UNDER THE CARE OF / THE MASTER’S MATE, A MIDSHIPMAN / 8 SEAMEN AND 2 MARINES; / WHO WERE THEREBY SAVED / FROM THE FATE OF THEIR COMPANIONS.’ [On top step of base, facing SE in lead letters ‘THIS MONUMENT WAS RESTORED BY / LOUISA / WIDOW OF THE ABOVE CAPTN JAMES HANSON, RN /OCTOBER 1878’.

Details

Description: Ashlar obelisk, with slate panels on the rectangular base, Carved dolphins at the bottom of each panel, seaweed and shells above.
Type: Obelisk
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Ashlar
Vessel: HMS Brazen

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Bibliography: Jill Seddon, Peter Seddon, Anthony McIntosh 'Public Sculpture of Sussex' p.86.

St Michael's Church, Abergele, Conwy, Wales

Memorial at Abergele, Conwy to Benjamin Townsend, died in the wreck of the ‘Guardian Angel’ 1867.

Location

St Michael's Church, Abergele, Conwy, Wales

Transcript

'BENJAMIN C TOWNSEND / SHIP MASTER / SON OF / WILLIAM H AND MARIA ANN TOWNSEND / BORN IN PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND / UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA / NOVEMBER 15 1827 / WHO PERISHED BY SHIPWRECK OF BARQUE / GUARDIAN ANGEL OFF THIS COAST / DECEMBER 2 1867 / LEAVING A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN / AGE 40 YEARS 17 DAYS / he shall not return to us but we shall / go to him.'

Details

Description: Headstone carved with a masonic square and compasses above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Grey sandstone
Vessel: Guardian Angel

People

Townsend, Benjamin C.
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1867
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

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Notes: The 'Guardian Angel' was wrecked in a storm on the Constable Bank off Abergele. Eight of the crew of fifteen were lost. A similar headstone to Benjamin C. Townsend stands in North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Memorial to Admiral Sir H.J. Studholme Brownrigg d.1943 at Denham, Buckinghamshire.

Location

St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Transcript

'In proud & loving memory of / Admiral / Sir H.J. Studholme Brownrigg / K.B.E. C.B. D.S.O. / who gave his life on active / service while serving as / Commodore of Convoys / 24th. Jan. 1943.'

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Description: A white oval tablet with a torus moulded frame. Above the inscription is a naval crown. Beneath is the crest and motto of the Brownrigg family (A sword entwined with a serpent on a mural crown). Motto: 'VIRTUTE ET SAPIENTE'.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: SS Tamatave

Event

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Brownrigg, Henry John Studholme
Age: 61
Date of Death: 24/1/1943
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: While Commodore of Convoy ON 16, Brownrigg was lost when SS 'Ville de Tamatave' sunk in a storm in the North Atlantic.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Memorial in Eastbourne, East Sussex dedicated to John Wesley Woodward d. 1912, a musician on ‘Titanic’

Location

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Transcript

‘THIS TABLET IS ERECTED AS A TRIBUTE TO THE SELF SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION OF JOHN WESLEY WOODWARD / (FORMERLY A MEMBER OF THE EASTBOURNE MUNICIPAL ORCHESTRA THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE'S ORCHESTRA AND THE GRAND HOTEL EASTBOURNE ORCHESTRA), WHO, WITH OTHERS OF THE HERO-MUSICIANS OF THE SHIP'S BAND, PERISHED IN THE ATLANTIC THROUGH THE SINKING OF THE WHITE STAR LINER "TITANIC" ON APRIL 15TH 1912 "FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH"’

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Description: Pink granite with two bronze panels, to the left with the inscription, to right with a depiction of the of the ship sinking. Also in bronze, a circular portrait of Woodward in the centre in relief, palm branches, music and cello below.

Type: Wall memorial
Position: On bandstand
Materials: Granite, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Charles Godfrey Garrard
Vessel: RMS Titanic

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Woodward, John Wesley
Age: 32
Date of Death: 12/4/1912
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: musician
Organisation: White Star Line

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Teigngrace, Devon, England

Memorial in Teigngrace, Devon dedicated to Charles Beckford Templer d. 1786

Location

Teigngrace, Devon, England

Transcript

[Upper] 'IN MEMORY / OF MR. CHARLES TEMPLER / YOUNGEST SON OF I. TEMPLER ESQ: / OF STOVER / WHO PERISHED IN THE SHIP HALSEWELL / BOUND TO BENGAL. / WHICH ON TO AWEFUL NIGHT OF JANUARY 5TH 1786 / WAS WRECKED ON ST ALBANS HEAD ON THE ISLE OF PURBECK / ON THE COAST OF DORSET', ' This stone alas! denotes only his Name, / For his body is buried / In the caverns of the great Deep; / while his Virtues remain engrav'd on the Hearts / of his surviving and afflicted Friends / who with pious Care and fond Regret / Will ever cherish the Recollection / Of those gentle Manners and brilliant Talents / Which hastening to Maturity, / Seem'd to merit a longer Term of Years. / At the instant when he enter'd on the First Duties of Life / in the fifteenth year of his Age / He was remov'd to a better State, / By the Decree of the Providence / Which always determines every thing for the best / Whose Way is in the Sea / Whose paths are in the great Waters / And whose Footsteps are not known.' [lower] 'Stern ministers of Death, ye Winds, ye Waves: / Who in your wild and pitiless Career / Deaf to the Cries of Youth of Innocence, / With headlong Rage these tender Victims hurl'd / On the rude Rocks. Could no less Sacrifice / Appease the King of Terrors; Oh forbear; / Tis impious to repine - so Heaven ordain'd / Whose sovereign Word the listening Storms obey, / Tis Man's with meek Submission to receive. / Affliction's bitter Cup so Heaven ordain'd, / Father of all, We bow to thy Decree, / Severe yet merciful. Thy will be done.'

Details

Description: A relief of the shipwreck in the centre with the survivors clinging to the rocks. This is flanked by dolphins, with the inscription on a tablet above; the verse on a draped marble cloth below, held in the dolphin's beaks. In white marble on a coloured marble back plate.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HEIC Halsewell

People

Templer, Charles Beckford
Age: 15
Date of Death: 6/1/1786
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: HEIC

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Notes: HEIC cadet, lost in the wreck of the 'Halsewell' on the Isle of Purbeck in 1786.