Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Acton cemetery, Acton, London, England

Memorial at Acton cemetery to Albert Norris Perry d. 1915 in the loss of ‘Lusitania’

Location

Acton cemetery, Acton, London, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory of / ALBERT NORRIS PERRY / WHO LOST HIS LIFE / IN THE TERRIBLE 'LUSITANIA' DISASTER / MAY 7TH 1915 / AGED 26 YEARS / THE SOULS OF THE DEAD ARE THE THE HANDS OF GOD / AND THERE SHALL NO TORMENT TOUCH THEM'.

Details

Description: A cross emerging from a seaborne lifeboat. In grey granite with lead letters.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite
Vessel: SS Lusitania

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Perry, Albert Norris
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/5/1915
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Cunard

Extra

Notes: Passenger on SS 'Lusitania'.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 64.

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Wall tablet in All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon commemorating Commander Lewis Auldjo and other passengers and crew of the HEIC ‘Alexander’, wrecked in 1815

Location

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Transcript

'To record the melancholy wreck of the SHIP ALEXANDER this monument is erected by C Forbes Esqr MP London, and the owners of the said ship which on her voyage from Bombay to London was totally lost in the West Bay on the night of the 26th March 1815 when all the crew and passengers consisting of more than 140 souls unhappily perished with the exception of five lascars. The following are the names of the persons whose bodies were found and buried immediately adjoining this spot. Lewis Auldjo Commander; Mr Brown Chief Officer; Major Jackson, Captain Campbell, Lieutenant Wade, Mrs Auldjo, Mrs Dunbar, Miss Toriano, two misses Deverells, Miss Jackson, Master Russel, Master Jackson and Miss Elphinstone. The remains of Mr Dunbar were found subsequent to the interment of the above mentioned, and buried in Portland. The body of Mrs Jackson was taken up near Lyme in this county and there buried. The undermentioned also perished on this melancholy occasion and their bodies have not been found:- Major Ramsey, Lieutenants Bennet and Baker, Mrs Deverell, Miss Jackson, Master Deverell, Mr Bowman, 2d 3d and 4th mates: an European woman servant and an invalid of artillery. Lamented shades! twas yours, alas to drain/Misfortunes bitter chalice:- whilst in vain / Fond hope and joy regardless of contrl / Prompted each movement of the willing soul. / Sudden destruction reared his giant form / Black with the horrors of the midnight storm: / And all convulsed with elementary strife, / Dissolved the throbbing nerves of Hope and Life. / Death's triumphs past, may angels guide your way / To the blest regions of eternal day! / Where no rude blasts provoke the billowing roar / Where Virtue's kindred meet to part no more'

Details

Description: Tablet surmounted by classical urn.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Portland stone
Artists: James Hamilton
Vessel: HEIC Alexander

People

Auldjo, Lewis
Age:
Date of Death: 26/3/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Bibliography: 'An Inventory of Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset' vol.ii, part 2, p. 372 (London, 1970); 'Nautical Anecdotes and Selections', 'Naval Chronicle' vol. 35, pp. 378-384 (London, 1816).

Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England

Plaque at the Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea commemorating the Reverend George W. Clutterbuck d. 1899 in the loss of the ‘Stella’

Location

Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORIAM / REV'D GEORGE W CLUTTERBUCK / Wesleyan Minister, Shoreham / BORN April 21st 1858 / Perished in SS Stella of Guernsey 30 March 1899 / As the boat sank he was observed praying with the passengers / This stone was laid by Mrs G.W. Clutterbuck / 7 March 1900'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Porch
Vessel: Stella

People

Clutterbuck, George
Age: 40
Date of Death: 30/3/1899
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: LSWR

Extra

Bibliography: John Ovenden and David Shayer 'The wreck of the Stella: Titanic of the Channel Islands' (Guernsey, 1999) p.38.

Allerton Municipal Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in Allerton Municipal Cemetery commemorating Captain Robert Clugston d. 1912 in the loss of the SS ‘Zelia’

Location

Allerton Municipal Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Robert, beloved son of Robert and Jane Clugston, who died April 6th. 1910 in his 19th. year. Also the above Captain ROBERT CLUGSTON beloved husband of Jane Clugston, aged 48 years, who was drowned in the S.S. 'Zelia' which foundered in the Irish Sea with seven lives, Nov 13th 1912'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: North west corner
Vessel: SS Zelia

People

Clugston, Robert
Age: 48
Date of Death: 13/11/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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St Dunstan's Church, Canterbury, Kent, England

Memorial cross at St Dunstan’s Church Canterbury, Kent commemorating Edwin John d. 1897 off Socotra, Indian Ocean

Location

St Dunstan's Church, Canterbury, Kent, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Edwin John / Second son of W H and A E Carey / who lost his life on the P & O / SS Aden which was wrecked / off the coast of Socotra in the Indian Ocean June 9th 1897 / aged 26 years "til the sea gives up its dead"'

Details

Description: Cross on plinth


Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Limestone
Vessel: SS ‘Aden'

People

Carey, Edwin John
Age: 26
Date of Death: 9/6/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: P & O Line

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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Tablet in Fareham, Hampshire in memory of Captain James Newman Newman RN and the other officers and crew of HMS ‘Hero’ wrecked on the Haak Sand, 1811

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN MELANCHOLY TRIBUTE TO DEPARTED WORTH. / THIS STONE RECORDS / THE TERRIBLE DESTRUCTION OF H.M.S. HERO OF SEVENTY FOUR GUNS / WHICH WAS WRECKED ON THE HAAK SAND OFF THE TEXEL / THE 24TH DECEMBER 1811 / AND OF ALL HER BRAVE OFFICERS AND CREW, IN NUMBER ABOUT SIX HUNDRED MEN, NOT ONE SURVIVED!' / SHE WAS COMMANDED BY CAPTAIN JAMES NEWMAN NEWMAN, / ELDEST SON OF CHARLES NEWMAN ESQ. OF PRESTON NORTHAMPTONSHIRE BY HESTER / NIECE OF THE LATE MR JOHN LANGHAM BART. OF THIS COUNTY / A DEJECTED WIDOW AND AN AFFLICTED FATHER / BOTH DEPRIVED OF THEIR BEST COMFORT / BEAR TESTIMONY TO HIS VIRTUES / WITH GRATEFUL THOUGH EMBITTERED RECOLLECTION. / IN DISPOSITION GENEROUS YET JUST, AND GENTLE YET INTREPID / IN MANNERS ANIMATED AND ENGAGING / IN TEMPER FRANK AND PLACABLE, / BENEVOLENCE WAS SO NATURALLY THE INMATE OF HIS BOSOM / THAT IF DISPLEASURE ENTERED, IT WAS REPELLED AS IN INTRUDER, / ZEALOUS IN THE DUTIES OF HIS PROFESSION OF ARMS, / BUT DELIGHTING IN THE ENJOYMENTS OF PEACE, / HE WAS NOT LESS THE FIRM OPPOSER OF HIS COUNTRY’S FOES / THAN THE CORDIAL ADVOCATE OF HIS OWN FRIENDS. / HE FULFILLED IN ACCESS SO ESTIMABLY ALL THE RELATIONS OF LIFE IN WHICH HE WAS PLACED / THAT HE IS EQUALLY TO BE REGRETTED / AS A SON. A HUSBAND, A BROTHER, A FRIEND, AN OFFICER AND A MAN! / HAVING PASSED ABOVE THIRTY YEARS EXPOSED TO THE PERILS OF TEMPESTS AND OF BATTLES, / HE HAD NEARLY REACHED THE HIGHEST NAVAL RANK, / AND WAS WITHIN A FEW HOURS SAIL OF HIS NATIVE LAND / WHEN A DREADFUL STORM AND DANGEROUS NAVIGATION / CONSIGNED HIM TO AN UNHALLOWED GRAVE, / AT THE EARLY AGE OF FORTY FIVE. / MAY THE FOLLOWERS OF SUCH AN EXAMPLE BE NUMEROUS / THE VICTIMS OF SUCH A FATE BE SPARINGLY DEVOTED! / ANNE WIDOW OF THE ABOVE CAPTAIN JAMES NEWMAN NEWMAN / AND DAUGHTER OF FRANCIS BRACE IN THE COUNTY OF HEREFORD / DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 30TH OF SEPTEMBER 1840, AGED 85 YEARS / SHE WAS A LIBERAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE PUBLIC CHARITIES OF HER COUNTRY / NOR WERE HER NUMEROUS ACTS OF PRIVATE BENEFICENCE CONFINED TO THE / NEIGHBOURHOOD IN WHICH SHE RESIDED, BUT LIKE THE STREAM / OF CHARITY ITSELF, THEY WERE OF A DIFFUSIVE NATURE. / HE THAT HATH PITY UPON THE POOR LENDETH TO THE LORD, / AND LOOK, WHAT HE LAYETH OUT, IT SHALL BE PAID HIM AGAIN.'

Details

Description: A female figure, with the anchor attribute of Hope, leans on a rock regarding in despair, the stern of a sinking ship


Type: Wall tablet
Position: West end of Nave
Materials: Marble
Artists: Sir Richard Westmacott
Vessel: HMS Hero

People

Newman, James Newman
Age:
Date of Death: 24/12/1811
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Memorial ring inscribed 'Captain James Newman lost off the Haak in the Hero 74 Dec 24 1811 aged 46' in V & A collections. See Shirley Bury 'Rings' p. 38. A model of the memorial at Fareham was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1813. Pevsner describes the figure as representing Britannia.
Bibliography: Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd 'Buildings of England: Hampshire and Isle of Wight' (London, 1996) p. 220; Peter Clissold 'More Memorials in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 67, p. 369, (Greenwich, 1981).
Recorder: Sighted B. Tomlinson 23/3/2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Gravestone at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating John Elsey Keen d. 1907

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Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory of / OUR DEAR SON / JOHNNIE ELSEY KEEN / WHO LOST HIS LIFE / IN THE WRECK OF THE S.S. 'BERLIN' / ON THE 21ST FEBRUARY 1907 / AGED 21 YEARS / "MOROVER IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS / THAT A MAN BE FOUND FAITHFUL" 1 COR IV.2.'

Details

Description: The headstone has a curved top and inset lead letters.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Keen, John Elsey
Age: 21
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

St George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

Cross at  St George’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man commemorating the crew of the ‘Minerva’ lost in 1809.

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Location

St George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

Transcript

'SHIPWRECKED CREW / OF MINERVA / 1809'

Details

Description: The inscription is roughly inscibed on a wooden cross with the upper edges protected with lead.
Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Wood
Vessel: Minerva

Extra

Notes: An American ship, the 'Minerva' dragged her anchors in a gale and was wrecked on the Pollack Rocks, 14 December 1809.
Bibliography: 'Isle of Man Family History Society Journal' Vol. v. no 2 (April 1983)

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Gravestone at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island commemorating Captain Lovel W. Hall HEIC d. 1804

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Transcript

'In memory of / John Hall of Holy Island / who died at Whittingham / also of / Lovel W. Hall their son / Captain in the Service of the Honble E.I.C. / who perished in the Chinese Seas / in the year 1804 / aged 30 years. / Also of Alice Hall their daughter / who died Novr. The 15th 1808 aged 36 / and of / seven of their children / who died in their minority / this stone was erected by their son / George Hall Commander RN'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Hall, Lovell William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 1804
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: First Madras European Regiment

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Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Headstone at Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey commemorating Charles Martin d. 1883 in the loss of the schooner ‘Wave’

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Also of the above Charles Martin, Late Master of the Schooner 'WAVE' of Guernsey who died at sea on or about the 9th day of February 1883 aged 68 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Vessel: Wave

People

Martin, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Wave' left St Sampson harbour 9th Feb laden with stone for London, crew of 5, thought to have foundered on 9th Feb in southerly gale.