Category Archives: Vessel Loss

East Park, Southampton, England

Memorial at East Park, Southampton commemorating the engineer officers of the ‘Titanic’ lost in 1912

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Location

East Park, Southampton, England

Transcript

[On plinth below Victory] 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN / THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS / LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. / ST JOHN 15TH CH 13TH V.' [Below] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE ENGINEER OFFICERS OF THE R.M.S. TITANIC, WHO SHOWED / THEIR HIGH CONCEPTION OF DUTY AND THEIR / HEROISM BY REMAINING AT THEIR POSTS / 15TH APRIL 1912 / ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW ENGINEERS AND FRIENDS / THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.' [Left panel] 'JOSEPH BELL JONATHAN SHEPHERD / WM. E. FARQUHARSON CHARLES HODGE / JNO. H. HESKETH FRANCIS E.G. COY / NORMAN E. HARRISON JAMES FRASER / GEORGE F. HOSKING HENRY R. DYER / EDWARD C. DODDS RENNY W. DODDS / LEONARD HODGKINSON ARTHUR WARD / JAMES M. SMITH THOMAS H. KEMP / BERT. WILSON FRANK A. PARSONS / HERBERT G. HARVEY WILLIAM D. MACKIE.' [Right panel] 'ROBERT MILLAR ALFRED P. MIDDLETON / WILLIAM Y. MOYES ALBERT G. ERVINE / WILLIAM MCREYNOLDS WILLIAM KELLY / HENRY R. CREESE GEORGE A. CHISWALL / THOMAS MILLAR HUGH FITZPATRICK / PETER SLOAN ARTHUR A. ROUS / ALFRED S. ALLSOPP WILLIAM L. DUFFY / HERBERT JUPE / ALSO / THOMAS ANDREWS ARCHD FROST / ROBERT KNIGHT.'

Details

Description: A semicircular seat, above flanked by columns, two bronze reliefs of marine engineers, in the centre Glory, standing on a ships prow holding two wreaths. She is crowning the 'martyrs of duty'.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Messrs Whitehead & Sons; Ferdinand Victor Blundstone; Romeo Rathmann
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Alsopp, Alfred Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Andrews, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Naval Architect
Organisation:
Bell, William Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Chiswall, George Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Coy, Francis Edward George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 3rd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Creese, Henry Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Dodds, Renny Watson
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Duffy, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk, Engineer Department
Organisation: White Star Line
Dyer, Henry Ryland
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ervine, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Farquharson, William E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Fitzpatrick, Hugh
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Fraser, James
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Frost, Archibald
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Harrison, Norman
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Harvey, Herbert Gifford
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assitant 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hesketh, J. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodge, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodgkinson, Leonard
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hosking, George Fox
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Jupe, Herbert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kelly, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kemp, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Knight, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading hand Engineer
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Mackie, William Dixie
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
McReynolds, William M.E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 6th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Middleton, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Millar, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra 5th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Moyes, William Young
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 6th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Parsons, Frank Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Rous, Arthur A.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber
Organisation: White Star Line
Shepherd, Jonathan
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Sloan, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Electrician
Organisation:
Smith, James M.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ward, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Wilson, B.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 2nd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Notes: Unveiled on April 22 1914 by Sir Archibald Denny. Erected by subscription from the public and fellow engineers. Victor Blundstone is the sculptor and the figure of Victory is by Romeo Rathman.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration). 'Builder' 6 June 1913 p. 651.
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

Church, Batheaston, Bath and N E Somerset, England

Plaque at Batheaston, Bath, dedicated to Lieutenant Douglas Carteret Sealy d. 1922

Location

Church, Batheaston, Bath and N E Somerset, England

Transcript

[Verse from Revelations XX:13 below and above inscription] 'To the glory of God and in Undying Memory of Lt Douglas Carteret Sealy DSC RN Youngest Son of the late Edmund Sealy Esq of Matihari, Bengal, India, Born November 23 1891 Commander HM submarine H42 lost with all hands off Europa Point, Gibraltar, March 23 1922'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Near choir
Materials: Brass
Vessel: H42

People

Sealy, Douglas Carteret
Age:
Date of Death: 23/3/1922
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS H42 was lost off Gibraltar in 1922, having been accidentally rammed by HMS Versatile whilst both were practicing maneuvers.

Portland, Dorset, England

Obelisk in Portland, Dorset, commemorating the crew of HMS ‘Illustrious’ d. 1948

Location

Portland, Dorset, England

Details

Type: Obelisk
Vessel: HMS Illustrious

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Illustrious', crew drowned in boat capsize, Portland Harbour, 17/10/1948.

York minster, York, England

Monument in York minister dedicated to Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock d. 1914

Location

York minster, York, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND / THE MEMORY OF / REAR-ADMIRAL SIR CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK / KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER, / COMPANION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH / WHO GALLANTLY UPHOLDING / THE HIGH TRADITION OF THE BRITISH NAVY / LED HIS SQUADRON / AGAINST AN OVERWHELMING FORCE OF THE ENEMY / OFF CORONEL ON THE COAST OF CHILE / AND FELL GLORIOUSLY IN ACTION / ON ALL SAINTS DAY 1914 / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIS GRATEFUL COUNTRYMEN / 'GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD DO THIS THING / TO FLEE AWAY FROM THEM / IF OUR TIME BE COME LET US MANFULLY DIE FOR OUR BRETHEREN / AND LET US NOT STAIN OUR HONOUR' 1 MACCABEES'

Details

Description: Portrait relief of Cradock flanked by gilt figures representing Loyalty and Courage.


Type: Monument
Position: North transept
Materials: Marble
Artists: Frederick William Pomeroy
Vessel: HMS Good Hope

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Cradock, Christopher
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1914
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Ed. G.E. Aylmer & Reginald Cant 'A History of York Minster' (Oxford, 1977).

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial in Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Cole RN d. 1829

Location

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In the Burial Ground of this Church are deposited the remains of THOMAS COLE, Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, son of Thomas Comyns Cole Esq, late of Chelsea and Mary Catherine his Wife. At the early age of 30 years and when returning from the West Indies invalided he perished at Sea in H.M.S. Nightingale on Saturday 17th February 1829. This deserving officer had served under those distinguished Commanders Sir James A Gordon, Sir W Hoste, Commodore Bowles and Rear-Admiral Lake, was appointed Signal Midshipman by Lord Exmouth at the memorable attack upon Algiers, in the year 1816, and acted as Flag Lieutenant to Sir Charles Rowley in the West Indies. He was brave, unassuming, religious, an affectionate brother and a dutiful son. This tablet was erected by his only sister 1829'

Details

Vessel: HMS Nightingale

Event

Bombardment of Algiers 1816

People

Cole, Thomas
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/2/1829
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'Nightingale' wrecked 17 February 1829 on the Singles.

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Plaque in Portsmouth dedicated to those lost with HMS ‘Isis’ in 1944

Location

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / THE ARCHES ABOVE THIS PLACE / ARE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF HMS ISIS / LOST OFF THE COAST OF NORMANDY ON / JULY 20, 1944 DURING / COMBINED OPERATIONS FOR / THE LIBERATION OF EUROPE.'

Details

Description: Metal inscription plaque with a marble support, at the top is a carved, oval wreath of laurel leaves surrounding a bas relief in bronze of a WW2 destroyer. The inscrition is on the outer side of two doors which open to reveal a full list of casualties.


Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Isis

Extra

Notes: Destroyer HMS 'Isis', sank 20/7/1944 probably mined, with 154 of her crew.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), 97.

Grimsby Central Hall, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Window in Grimsby Central Hall commemorating the officers and crew of the steam trawler ‘Sheldon’ lost 1953

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Location

Grimsby Central Hall, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'ST PETER Patron saint of Fishermen', 'In memory of the Officers and Crew who were serving in the / S.T. Sheldon when she was lost in a heavy gale on Saturday 31st / January 1953 on her way from Grimsby to the Faroe Fishing Grounds / Their names are recorded below / T.R. Beesley, Skipper / R.T.Beesley, Mate / H.V. Wass, Ch. Eng. / B. Cullen, 2nd Eng. / H.Hess, Dk Hand / S.B. Blastland, Dk Hand / C.A. Robinson, Dk Hand / J.W. Swinson, Dk Hand / G.H. Young, Dk. Hand / T. Bell Trimmer / K. Barrett, Trimmer / S. Carlton, Trimmer / J. Hopward, Trimmer / S. King, Cook'

Details

Description: The window depicts St Peter clad in a short tunic and holding a net, seagulls behind. Below, a profile portrait of the trawler within a border of shells and fish. The names of the men are on panes bordered by fishing net. A lighthouse is placed at the bottom of the window.
Type: Window
Position: Fisherman's and Seaman's Memorial Chapel
Materials: Glass
Date Erected: 1954
Artists: G.E.R. Smith, A.K. Nicholson
Vessel: Sheldon

People

Barrett, K.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation:
Beesley, T. R.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trawler Skipper
Organisation:
Beesley, R.T.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Mate
Organisation:
Bell, T.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation:
Blastland, S.B.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck hand
Organisation:
Carlton, S.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation:
Cullen, B.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trawlerman
Organisation:
Hess, H.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trawlerman
Organisation:
Hopward, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation:
King, S.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Robinson, C.A.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck hand
Organisation:
Swinson, J.W.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck hand
Organisation:
Wass, H.V.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief engineer
Organisation:
Young, G.H.
Age:
Date of Death: 31/1/1953
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck hand
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Steam trawler 'Sheldon' lost radio contact and was presumed lost with all hands. The window was erected by her owners, Sir Thomas Robinson & Son at a cost of £150. It was originally placed in the Bethel Mission, Cleethorpes.
Bibliography: Alan J Worton 'The Fisherman's and Seaman's Memorial Chapel' (leaflet)

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Benjamin Chaplin d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'BENJAMIN CHAPLIN aged 51 lost in the Smack 'Pride' in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Pride

People

Chaplin, Benjamin
Age: 51
Date of Death: 12/12/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St John’s Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool commemorating Captain Robert Lampert, Patrick Welsh, James Pierce and James Welch d. 1820 in the loss of the ‘Mary Betty’

Location

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Thomas Lampert of the schooner Mary Betty of and for Wexford bound to Liverpool and was lost off the Red Noses near Liverpool on 26th October 1820 age 36. Also Patrick Welsh age 22, James Pierce age 30, James Welsh age 19'

Details

Vessel: Mary Betty

People

Lampert, Thomas
Age: 36
Date of Death: 26/10/1820
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Pierce, James
Age: 30
Date of Death: 26/10/1820
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Welsh, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 26/10/1820
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Welsh, Patrick
Age: 22
Date of Death: 26/10/1820
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 1, p. 636. Church demolished in 1898.

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating James Barberry d. 1870 in the loss of the ‘City of Boston’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Jane, the beloved wife of Richard Barberry, who fell asleep in Jesus, June 21st 1871, aged 38 years. Also JAMES BARBERRY, nephew of the above, who was lost in the S.S. CITY OF BOSTON about the end of January 1870, aged 21 years'

Details

Position: Section M
Materials: Granite
Vessel: SS City of Boston

People

Barberry, James
Age: 21
Date of Death: 1/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation: Inman Line

Extra

Notes: The 'Liverpool Mercury' gives his name as James Burberry.
Recorder: Martin Davies. April, 1985