Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Memorial sundial at Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire commemorating the loss of the SS ‘Persia’ in 1915

Location

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Transcript

[Top] 'P & O SS PERSIA' [Below dial] 'REMEMBER / 343 SOULS / WHO PERISHED IN THE DEEP / 30TH DECEMBER 1915'

Details

Description: A profile portrait of the ship above the dial. The inscriptions picked out in blue and gold.
Type: Sundial
Position: Outside Museum
Vessel: SS Persia

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

Extra

Notes: SS 'Persia' passenger liner, torpedoed and sunk by 'U-38' 30 December 1915.
Recorder: Patricia Barber 2019
Photographer: Patricia Barber

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Memorial at St Adrian’s Church, Anstruther, Scotland commemorating members of the Chalmers family

Location

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

‘Erected in 1827 by their sorrowing grandchildren, / to the Memory of / John Chalmers, Late Merchant in Anstruther, / who died 26th July 1818, in the 78th year of his age / And of his spouse / Elizabeth Hall, / who died 14th February, 1827, in the 77th year of her age. / ”Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord”. / Within this burial-place are interred the remains of five of their children viz: / John, who died in infancy in 1785. / George, who died in 1806, aged 29. / Barbara who died in 1808, aged 33, / Lucy, who died in 1824 aged 43. / And also the remains of James Chalmers, Merchant in / Anstruther / father of John and son of the Rev. James Chalmers, Minister of / the Gospel in Elie, / He died in 1788, aged 74. / Barbara Anderson, / the spouse of James Chalmers, and mother of John; / She died in 1793, aged 85. / Thomas Ballardie, / Late Master in the Navy, who died in 1809, aged 77. / And his spouse Elizabeth Chalmers, sister of John; / She died in 1792, aged 50 / Jean Chalmers, / Sister of John; she died 15th August, 1827, aged 75. ‘, ‘Restored in 1867 by the grandchildren of John Chalmers. / His other children not buried here; being then all dead, viz: / William, lost in the ‘Queen’ at Rio de Janeiro, in 1800, aged 22. / David; died at sea, in 1811, aged 27. / Alexander, Surgeon at Kirkaldy, died 1829, aged 35. / James died at London, in 1839, aged 67. / Thomas, D.D., D.C.L., died at Edinburgh; 1854, aged 67. / Patrick, died at Wishaw, in 1854, aged 64. / Jane, wife of John Morton, died in Gloucestershire, in 1804, aged 76. / Charles, died at Merchiston, Edinburgh, 1854, aged 72.’

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Queen

People

Ballardie, Thomas
Age: 77
Date of Death: 1809
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Chalmers, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 1800
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown
Chalmers, David
Age: 27
Date of Death: 1811
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Bibliography: Rev. Charles Rogers ‘Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland’ (London, 1872) vol. ii, pp. 71-72.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating David Collison d. 1864 in the loss of the ‘Spirit of the Age’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'David Collison, / Who was drowned in the 'Spirit of the Age' / off Scarborough, Jan 6th, 1864 Aged 36 years / I cannot bend over his gave / He sleeps in the secret sea; / And ot one gentle whisp'red wave / Can tell that place to me / Although unseen by human eyes, / And mortal knows it not / Yet Christ knows where his body lies / And angels guard the spot.'

Details

Vessel: Spirit of the Age

People

Collison, David
Age: 36
Date of Death: 6/1/1864
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) pp. 70-71.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemrating William Easton, d. 1865 in the loss of the smack ‘Martha’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'William Easton / Who was lost at sea / In the fishing smack Martha / In the gale of January, 1865 / Aged 30 years. / When through the torn sail the wild tempest is streaming: / When o'er the dark wave the red lightning is gleaming, / No hope lends a ray the poor fisher to cherish / Oh hear, kind Jesus, save Lord or we perish.'

Details

Vessel: Martha

People

Easton, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 1/1865
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 70.

St Symphorium's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Memorial in St Symphorium’s Church, Forrabury, Cornwall commemorating Gerald Roose Alford d. 1940 in the loss of HMS ‘Glorious’

Location

St Symphorium's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / GERALD ROOSE ALFORD / LOST IN THE SINKING OF / HMS GLORIOUS / BY ENEMY ACTION IN THE / NORTH SEA 8TH JUNE 1940 / IN THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR / OF HIS AGE'

Details

Description: Grey granite plaque, gold lettering.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Granite
Vessel: HMS Glorious

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Alford, Gerald Roose
Age: 17
Date of Death: 8/6/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Boy 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Symphorian's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet at St Symphorian’s church, Forrabury, Cornwall commemorating Sub-Lieutenant James Desborough Kirkness RN d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Symphorian's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / JAMES DESBOROUGH KIRKNESS, / SUB. LIEUTENANT, R.N. / SECOND SON OF THE REV. W.J. KIRKNESS, / RECTOR OF MINSTER, FORRABURY, / AGED 22. / HE WAS LOST WITH 499 OTHER / GALLANT BRITISH SAILORS, / IN H.M.S. "CAPTAIN" WHICH / FOUNDERED OFF CAPE FINISTERRE, / ON THE MORNING OF SEPTR. 7TH 1870. / "JESUS SAID - I AM THE RESURRECTION / AND THE LIFE." JOHN. XI. 25. / "AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD / WHICH WERE IN IT" REV. XX. 13'

Details

Description: Marble wall tablet in the form of a scroll placed on an anchor.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Artists: Will & Co., Euston [signed]
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Kirkness, James Desborough
Age: 22
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Plaque in St Agnes’s Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly commemorating  Leslie Legg RN d. 1944 on the loss of MTB ‘671’

Location

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / A?B? LESLIE LEGG / P?JX 428612 H.M.M. T.B. 671 / POSTED MISSING PRESUMED KILLED / in ACTION with GERMAN E. BOATS / om the ENGLISH CHANNEL near the / COAST of FRANCE in 24th APRIL 1944 / AGED 19 YEARS'

Details

Description: Brass plaque, a naval crown engraved above the inscription which is infilled in red and blue.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Brass
Vessel: MTB 671

People

Legg, Leslie
Age: 19
Date of Death: 24/4/1944
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Memorial in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast commemorating Robert Farrell RN d. 1939 in the loss of HMS ‘Royal Oak’

Location

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

'In loving memory / of / Kathleen Farrell / who died 7th Aug 1932, Aged 19 years / Also her brother Robert / who went down with HMS Royal Oak / 14th Oct 1939, Aged 20 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Royal Oak

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Farrell, Robert
Age: 20
Date of Death: 4/10/1939
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Royal Oak' sunk by 'U-47' at Scapa Flow.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Valentine Milsom d. 1914 in the loss of the SS ‘Daleby’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / George / the beloved husband of / Sarah Ann Milsom / who died Feb 28th 1913, aged 68 years / Thy will be done / Also Charles Valentine their son / Died May 3rd 1881 aged 3 months / Also of Valentine / their youngest son / who lost his life through enemy action / on the S.S. Daleby April 29th 1917 / Aged 32 years / Also the above / Sarah Ann / who died March 16th 1932 / Ages 89 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Daleby

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Milsom, Valentine
Age: 32
Date of Death: 29/4/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation: Ropner Shipping Co.

Extra

Notes: SS 'Daleby' torpedoed by 'U-70' off the coast of Ireland.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Statue at Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda depicting Sir George Somers d. 1610

Location

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Depicts Somers with his arms raised celebrating his deliverance from shipwreck, his cloak billowing around him.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronza
Date Erected: 1984
Artists: Desmond Fountain

People

Somers, George
Age: 56
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: Somers' body is buried at Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset. The shipwreck of his vessel the 'Sea Venture' on Bermuda in 1609, is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. He is remembered as the founder of the English colony of Bermuda. Another statue of Sir George Somers was erected in his birthplace, Lyme Regis in 2016, when Lyme was twinned with St George's, Bermuda. The sculptor is Ron Mole.