Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England

Memorial at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, commemorating W. Riley d. 1940

Location

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England

Transcript

'W Riley, Greaser and Fireman SS 'British Liberty' 6th January 1940 aged 35.'

Details

Vessel: SS British Liberty

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Riley, W.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 6/1/1940
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser. Fireman
Organisation: British Tanker Company

Extra

Notes: 'British Liberty' 1939, owner: British Tanker Company, mined 6 January 1940.

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Memorial at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Commander Charles Adolphus Baker RN d. 1822 in the loss of HMS ‘Drake’

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF THE SELFLESS DEVOTION OF / CHARLES ADOLPHUS BAKER ESQR / COMMANDER OF H.M.S. DRAKE / WHO / WHEN THAT SLOOP WAS WRECKED ON THE COAST OF / NEWFOUNDLAND ON THE 25TH JUNE 1822 / REFUSED TO PROVIDE FOR HIS OWN SAFETY / UNTIL THE WHOLE OF THE CREW SHOULD BE PREVIOUSLY SAVED / AND IN PERSUANCE OF THIS GENEROUS RESOLUTION / PERISHED / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED / AT THE REQUEST OF THE SURVIVING / PETTY OFFICERS AND SEAMEN / EVERY ONE OF WHOM / ON PASSING FROM THE SHIP TO A ROCK / ON WHICH THEY WERE ULTIMATELY SAVED / HAD/WITH A GENEROSITY EQUAL TO HIS OWN / PRESSED/CAPTAIN BAKER/TO PRECEDE THEM / BUT IN VAIN /AETAT 29'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Drake

People

Baker, Charles Adolphus
Age: 29
Date of Death: 25/6/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street, London, England

Window at St Katherine Cree, City of London commemorating casualties of the loss of the troopship ‘Lancastria’ on 17th June 1940

Location

St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street, London, England

Details

Description: Stained glass window showing Christ walking on the water, in the bottom left hand corner a panel depicting the upturned troopship with a boat in the foreground filled with survivors.
Type: Window
Position: South wall of nave
Materials: Glass
Date Erected: 1963
Artists: M.C Farrar Bell
Vessel: HMT Lancastria

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

Extra

St Meteriana, Boscastle, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Boscastle, Cornwall dedicated to Gerald Alford d. 1940

Location

St Meteriana, Boscastle, Cornwall, England

Details

Type: Plaque
Vessel: HMS Glorious

People

Alford, Gerald Roose
Age: 17
Date of Death: 8/6/1940
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 25.

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Memorial in St Gregory’s Church, Seaton, Devon commemorating William Henry Paulson midshipman RN d. 1817

Location

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Transcript

'...who with 8 seamen all Volunteers perished in a gale of wind off Sidmouth whilst cruising in a galley for the prevention of smuggling on the 13th of June 1817 in the 23rd year of his age'

Details

Vessel: HMS 'Queen Charlotte'

People

Paulson, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 13/6/1817
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: At the time of death was commanding a gallery with eight volunteer men ‘for the prevention of smuggling’.
Bibliography: Lisa Newcombe 'Smuggling in Cornwall and Devon'.

All Saints' Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

Wall tablet at All Saints’ Church, Northampton commemorating Thomas Osborn d. 1809 in the loss of Indiaman ‘Jane Duchess of Gordon’

Location

All Saints' Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

Transcript

'Near / THE FOOT OF THIS PILLAR / REST THE REMAINS OF / ALDERMAN GEORGE OSBORN, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / MAY 7TH 1827, AGED 73. / FRANCES, HIS BELOVED WIFE, / DIED SEP 23RD 1790, AGED 29 YEARS. / THOMAS, THEIR SECOND SON, / AGED 21 YEARS; / LATE OFFICER OF THE HON. EAST INDIA COMP`S / SHIP "JANE DUCHESS OF GORDON" / WHICH FOUNDERED IN A VIOLENT STORM / IN THE MONTH OF MARCH 1809, / WITH SEVERAL OTHER INDIAMEN / OFF THE MAURITIUS ON THEIR PASSAGE / TO ENGLAND / THE WHOLE OF THEIR CREWS PERISHING. / ALTHOUGH CUT OFF EARLY IN THE CAREER / OF HIS PROFESSION HE HAD ATTAINED / THAT DEGREE OF PRACTICAL SKILL AS A / NAVIGATOR, COUPLED WITH UNREMITTING G/ ATTENTION TO HIS DUTIES AS A SEAMAN, / ON ALL OCCASIONS, THAT SECURED TO HIM / THE CONFIDENCE OF HIS COMMANDERS, / AND ESTEEM OF HIS BROTHER OFFICERS'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: 'Jane, Duchess of Gordon'

People

Osborn, Thomas
Age: 21
Date of Death: 3/1809
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Charles Russell d. 1889

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'CHARLES RUSSELL aged 26 lost with the Smack Perseverence in the North Sea [Particulars unknown] May 1889'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Perseverance

People

Russell, Charles
Age: 26
Date of Death: 5/1889
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Memorial in All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon commemorating Lieutenant James Kelly RN d. 1802

Location

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / JAMES FRANCIS KELLY ESQUIRE / Lieutenant of the Royal Navy / He was born at Jamaica in 1771 / and / was shipwrecked off this coast on the / 3rd September 1802. He served his country with the greatest distinction / during the whole of the late war / in the Channel, in the East and West Indies / in the Mediterranean, in the North Seas / and / in Egypt. / He particularly distinguished himself in the summer of 1800 / in the Command of the Boats of His Majesty's Ship 'Mermaid' / with which upon different occasions / (in one of which he was severely wounded) / he captured vessels of very superior force / belonging to the Enemy. / This stone / erected by the Direction of LORD BORINGDON / is intended as a tribute of respect / to the memory of / an active, brave and intelligent Officer / and of / a good and Amiable Man'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: HMS Mermaid

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Kelly, James Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 3/9/1802
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Russell d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM RUSSELL Aged 60 Lost in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Russell, William
Age: 60
Date of Death: 1/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Gravestone at Borough Cemetery, Harwich, commemorating George Easter d. 1907

Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / GEORGE EASTER / WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE BERLIN DISASTER / AT THE HOOK OF HOLLAND / ON 21ST FEBRUARY 1907 / AGED 35 YEARS' [Top rim] 'BOAST NOT THYSELF OF TOMORROW FOR THOU KNOWEST NOT WHAT A DAY MAY BRING FORTH' [Panel] 'BRIEF WAS HIS CALL, SAD IS OUR LOT / BELOVED BY ALL, BY NONE FORGOT / IN PEACE HE SLEEPS BENEATH THE GROUND / AMONG GOD'S CHOSEN MAY HE BE FOUND'

Details

Description: Gothic style. Incised script and floral panel.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Area B
Materials: Red sandstone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Easter, George
Age: 35
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

Notes: One of three graves, see also F.W. Mead and E.E. Salter.