Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Church, Edrom, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Memorial at Edrom church commemorating Samuel Robert Archibald Swinton HEIC d. 1806 in the wreck of the ‘Lady Burgess’

Location

Church, Edrom, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Transcript

'Samuel Robert Archibald SWINTON Midshipman H.E.I.C.S. Perished in the wreck of the Lady Burgess, East Indiaman, 20 April 1806, aged 14 years'

Details

Vessel: HEIC Lady Burgess

People

Swinton, Samuel Robert Archibald
Age: 14
Date of Death: 20/4/1806
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Memorial at Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk commemorating the crew of the RNLI Lifeboat ‘Eliza Adams’ who died on 29th October 1880 while rescuing the ‘Ocean Queen’.

Location

Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF ELEVEN OF THE CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT 'ELIZA ADAMS' WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON DUTY IN THE DISASTER AT WELLS OCTOBER 29TH 1880. ROBERT WILLIAM ELSDON COXSWAIN, JOHN ELSDON, WILLIAM FIELD, JOHN STOREY, WILLIAM WARDINGHAM, FRANK ABEL, CHARLES HINDS, WILLIAM GREEN, SAMUEL SMITH, CHARLES SMITH. SURVIVORS, THOMAS KEW, WILLIAM BELL'

Details

Description: On a plinth, a broken mast, life belt and anchor carved in three dimensions, the whole surrounded by railings.
Type: Free standing monument
Position: Beside the harbour
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Eliza Adams

People

Abel, Frank
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Elsdon, Robert William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Elsdon, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Field, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Green, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Hinds, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Samuel
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Storey, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Wardingham, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Wells lifeboat capsized going the the assistance of the brig 'Ocean Queen' and lost 11 out of a crew of 13. The memorial is grade II listed.

St Mary's Church, Micheldever, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Mary’s Church, Micheldever, Hampshire commemorating Arthur Baring d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Mary's Church, Micheldever, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'ARTHUR NAPIER THOMES BARING / MIDSHIPMAN R.N. / SECOND SON OF THOMAS GEORGE / AND ELIZABETH HARRIET BARING / BORN 3RD JUNE 1854 / LOST AT SEA IN H.M.S. CAPTAIN / OFF CAPE FINISTERRE / THE 7TH OF SEPTEMBER 1870 / AGED 16'

Details

Description: High relief above of a naked soul treading Satan under foot and struggling with a demon. It is being carried to heaven by an angel. A second angel is fighting with the devil entitles 'DELIVER US FROM EVIL'. One of a series of three made before the Baring family inscriptions added below.
Type: Wall memorial
Position: South side of chancel
Materials: Marble
Artists: John Flaxman
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Baring, Arthur Napier Thomas
Age: 16
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Captain' was an experimental Royal Navy turret ship. 'Captain', due to flaws in her design capsized as a result of poor stability.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 86 (photograph).
Recorder: Mrs Saunders. September. 1983

Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire commemorating Joseph Longlands d. 1850 in the loss of the ‘Tycho Wing’

Location

Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'This tablet is erected by his sorrowing parents to record the melancholy death of Joseph, second son of Joseph and Martha Longlands / who was drowned from the wreck of the Tycho Wing on the coast of Cornwall on her return passage from GALATZ on the Danube. He died on the 14th of January 1850 in the 18th year of his age and his mortal remains rest in the churchyard of St KEVERN'

Details

Vessel: Tycho Wing

People

Longlands, Joseph
Age: 17
Date of Death: 14/1/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Paul's Church, Ramsey, Isle of Man

Commemorative window at St Paul’s Church, Ramsey, Isle of Man dedicated to James Henry and Robert Christian d. 1885 in the loss of the ‘Margaret’

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Location

St Paul's Church, Ramsey, Isle of Man

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN LOVING MEMORY OF JAMES HENRY CHRISTIAN AGED 13 YEARS A CHORISTER OF THIS CHURCH WHO WITH HIS FATHER ROBERT CHRISTIAN MASTER & TWO OTHERS THE WHOLE OF THE CREW OF THE SCHOONER MARGARET OF THIS PORT WAS DROWNED BY THE FOUNDERING OF THEIR VESSEL IN A GALE OFF WORKINGTON CUMBERLAND ON THE NIGHT OF FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 1885'

Details

Description: Stained glass window depicting Christ calming the storm.
Type: Window
Position: Nave
Vessel: Margaret

People

Christian, James Henry
Age: 13
Date of Death: 18/9/1885
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Christian, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 18/9/1885
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Plaque in St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, Kent commemorating Edward Pomeroy Colley, passenger on RMS ‘Titanic’, d. 1912

Location

St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Transcript

'In dear memory of Edward Pomeroy Colley / Born 15 April 1875 Entered into Eternal / Life 15 April 1912 through the sinking of / the Steamship "Titanic" / "Whosoever will loss his life for My Sake shall find it"

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS ‘Titanic'

People

Colley, Edward Pomeroy
Age: 37
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Civil Engineer, 1st Class Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Drowned in loss of 'Titanic' foundered 15/4/1912.
Bibliography: Ramshaw, Marcus 'The Parish Church of St Leonard, Hythe, Kent' (Pitkin Guide)

Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial in Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, dedicated to the officers and men of HMS ‘Eurydice’ d. 1878

Location

Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF H.M.S. "EURYDICE" /
WHICH FOUNDERED OFF SHANKLIN / MARCH 24TH 1878 / SEVEN OF WHOM ARE BURIED HERE / ERECTED BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONS / AND UNVEILED BY / LADY ISABEL ATHERLEY / JUNE 23RD 1880'

Details

Description: A rock with a draped anchor and gun above.
Type: Memorial
Vessel: HMS Eurydice

Extra

Bibliography: E.H. Verney 'The last four days of the Eurydice' (Portsmouth, 1879) pp. 58-63 (list of ship's company).

Maryport, Cumbria, England

Gravestone in Maryport, Cumbria dedicated to John Collins d.1831

Location

Maryport, Cumbria, England

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Experiment

People

Collins, John
Age:
Date of Death: 12/1831
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool  commemorating James Alexander McCubbin d. 1915 in the loss of the ‘Lusitania’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Also JAMES ALEXANDER McCUBBIN drowned by the sinking of the R.M.S. 'LUSITANIA' May 7th 1915, aged 62 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: A5
Vessel: RMS Lusitania

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

McCubbin, James Alexander
Age: 62
Date of Death: 7/5/1915
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Chief Purser
Organisation: Cunard Line

Extra

Notes: 'Lusitania' torpedoed by 'U-20' off Irish Coast.

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Gravestone at St George’s Church, Deal, Kent commemorating William Follett d. 1827 in the loss of the ‘Trephina’

Location

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Transcript

'William Follett, wrecked on the Goodwin Sands on the night of the 11th Dec 1827 when he and five more were drowned'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: ‘Tryphina'

People

Follett, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/12/1827
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The Goodwin Sands is a sandbank around four miles offshore near Ramsgate, Kent. The ‘Trephina' was an British ship, wrecked with the loss of all but one crew member. The gravestone sighted 2003, behind Deal Maritime Museum where it had been taken for safekeeping.

Bibliography: John Laker 'History of Deal' (Deal 1917).