Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Town hall, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Memorial tablet in Dalbeattie Town Hall, commemorating Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch RNR d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Town hall, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Transcript

'THIS TABLET / IS ERECTED / TO COMMEMORATE THE HEROISM / DISPLAYED BY / LIEUT. WILLIAM McMASTER / MURDOCH R.N.R. / A NATIVE OF DALBEATTIE, / WHEN ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE, / THE / 'R.M.S. TITANIC' / OF WHICH HE WAS THE FIRST / OFFICER / COLLIDED WITH AN ICEBERG AND / SANK, / AND 825 OF HER PASSENGERS, / AND 688 OF HER CREW, / INCLUDING LIEUTENANT / MURDOCH, PERISHED. / 14TH AND 15TH APRIL 1912 / A MEMORIAL PRIZE IS ALSO TO BE / RE-COMPETED FOR ANNUALLY IN / DALBEATTIE PUBLIC SCHOOL / WHERE LIEUTENANT MURDOCH / WAS EDUCATED'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Exterior
Materials: Granite
Date Erected: 1912
Vessel: Titanic

People

Murdoch, Willam McMaster
Age: 39
Date of Death: 12/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

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St David's Church, Henfynyw, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at St David’s Church, Henfynyw, Ceredigion commemorating Thomas Philips Jones d. 1874 in the loss of the ‘Pilgrim’

Location

St David's Church, Henfynyw, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'Thomas Phillips Jones, Master Mariner, Sychpant, Aberayron who lost his life Feb 5th 1874 aged 35 years, whilst in command of the Brig 'PILGRIM' which foundered with all hands in the Bay of Biscay on a voyage to Santander. Also Elizabeth, his wife, died 19th March 1931 aged 84 years & Lewis Benjamin their son, died 12th April 1954 aged 83 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Pilgrim

People

Jones, Thomas Phillips
Age: 35
Date of Death: 5/2/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Wall tablet in Portsmouth Cathedral commemorating Elizabeth Kitson who was shipwrecked in 1836

Location

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'Sacred To The Memory of / John Sykes Kitson / Captain Royal Engineers / Who Died At Nassau N.P. / On The 14th Septr 1835 / Also of/ Elizabeth Kitson / Widow Of The Above / And Daughter Of / George Grant Esquire / Of This Town / Who / With Her Three Infant Children / Perished By Shipwreck / Near The Island Of Abaco / On Their Passage From The / Bahamas / About The 26th March 1836 / Her Sorrowing Family Erect This tablet / To Departed Worth'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: West Wall North end
Materials: Stone

People

Kitson, Elizabeth
Age:
Date of Death: 26/3/1836
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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Lowestoft Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Memorial at Lowestoft Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk commemorating Charles Willgoss, d. 1907 in the loss of the smack ‘Ivanhoe’

Location

Lowestoft Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'CHARLES WILLGOSS husband of HANNAH who was drowned in the smack 'Ivanhoe' which was run down by the 'S.S. Tanfield' of London on Jan 14th 1907 aged 57. Also of his wife HANNAH HARRIET WILLGOSS died July 21st 1933 aged 70 also of FREDERICK JAMES WILLGOSS who was killed in action May 6th 1915 aged 21'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Plot 18
Vessel: Ivanhoe, SS Tanfield

People

Willgoss, Charles
Age: 57
Date of Death: 14/1/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Crew
Organisation: Unknown

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Notes: 'Ivanhoe' 61 tons built at Rye, 1891. Lost with two of her crew after a collision, three miles east of Southwold in a light S.W. wind.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Theodore Barber d. 1884

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'THEODORE BARBER aged 16 perished with his Father in the smack 'Greyhound' in the Swin Sept 3 1884'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Greyhound

People

Barber, Theodore
Age: 16
Date of Death: 3/9/1884
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

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

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Windows in the Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire dedicated to William Norris. d. 1856 in the loss of the ‘Wyvern’

Location

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'THE WINDOWS IN THIS CHANCEL / WERE FILLED WITH STAINED GLASS, IN THE YEAR 1859, / BY THE REVD WM NORRIS, M.A. RECTOR OF THIS CHURCH, / IN MEMORY OF HIS WIFE EMILY, DAUGHTER OF CHARLES SHORT ESQR / OF WOODLANDS, IN THIS PARISH. / WHO DIED, IN HUMBLE ASSURANCE OF FAITH, / ON THE 5TH DAY OF JANUARY, 1859, AGED 66 YEARS; / AND, ALSO, OF HIS SON WILLIAM THOMAS, / WHO WAS LOST IN THE AUSTRALASIAN SEAS, IN JULY 1856, AGED 26 YEARS. / HE EMBARKED ON BOARD THE WYVERN, / WHICH SAILED FROM NELSON, IN NEW ZEALAND, FOR SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, / ON THE 1ST JULY 1856, / AND WAS NEVER HEARD OF MORE. / "THE LORD GAVE, AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY; / BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD." Job Ch 1 v 21'

Details

Type: Wall plaque
Position: Chancel south wall
Materials: Brass
Vessel: Wyvern

People

Norris, William Thomas
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/1856
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Paul's Church, Whitechapel, London, England

Memorial at St Paul’s Church, Whitechapel, London commemorating those who died in the loss of the ‘Brier Holme’ 1904

Location

St Paul's Church, Whitechapel, London, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE BARQUE 'BRIER HOLME' WHICH WAS LOST NEAR PORT. DAVEY TASMANIA ON 5th NOV. 1904. WITH ALL HANDS SAVE ONE. THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE BOARDERS OF THE SAILORS HOME. JOHN H. RICH. Master. ROBERT DISNEY Mate, ERNEST JAS MILLETT, 2nd Mate JOHN POLLARD, VICTOR ANDERSON, W. MILLER, A. RYDBERG, PHILIP CANIVET, ALEXR. COULL, WM DOBIE, M. FRIERSEN, GEORGE TARBET. Apprentices EDWARD SADLER, PHILIP DULLING, ERNEST CECIL BLAKER, RICHD. A.C. SAUNDERS, WM ARNOLD, JAMES A.F. HOWELL. Until the day break [gothic script]'

Details

Type: Tablet
Vessel: Brier Holme

People

Anderson, Victor
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Arnold, William
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Blaker, Ernest Cecil
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Canivet, Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Coull, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Disney, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Mate
Organisation:
Dobie, William
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Dulling, Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Friersen, N.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Howell, James A. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Miller, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Millett, Ernest James
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Mate
Organisation:
Pollard, John
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Rich, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Rydberg, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Sadler, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Saunders, Richard A. C.
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Tarbet, George
Age:
Date of Death: 5/11/1904
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:

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Notes: 'Briar Holme' wrecked 5th November 1904 on the coast of Tasmania. Of a crew of 18, only one survived.

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Dorset, England

Plaque in Wyke Regis, Dorest, dedicated to John Wordsworth d. 1805

Location

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Dorset, England

Transcript

'In memory of JOHN WORDSWORTH Commander of the East Indiaman 'THE EARL OF ABERGAVENNY' which on 5th February 1805, bound for Bengal and China, struck the Shambles Bank in Weymouth Bay and sunk. Out of a total of about 400 passengers and crew, over 250 perished, including John Wordsworth, younger brother of the poet, WILLIAM WORDSWORTH. John was buried in the churchyard on 21st March 1805. Other unknown passengers and crew members, believed to be about 80 in number, are also buried here. This memorial marks the second centenary of the tragedy and was erected by the Wordsworth Trust, the Wordsworth Family and Friends.'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Inside the church near the West door
Materials: Cumbrian Green Slate
Vessel: Earl of Abergavenny

People

Wordsworth, John
Age:
Date of Death: 5/2/1805
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Notes: A plaque dedicated by the Right Revd David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury to Commander John Wordsworth 1772 -1805 Captain of the 'Earl of Abergavenny' which was wrecked off the Dorset Coast near Weymouth on the 5th February 1805. The dedication took place on the 13th April 2005.

St Cynwyl's Church, Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at St Cynwyl’s Church, Aberporth, Ceredigion commemorating John Rees d. 1883

Location

St Cynwyl's Church, Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'John Rees, Master Mariner,who lost his life at sea on or about 20 March 1883 aged 44 years'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Materials: Slate

People

Rees, John
Age: 44
Date of Death: 20/3/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation:

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Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gravestone in Candie Cemetery, Guernsey, commemorating John Case d. 1871

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

In loving remembrance of Elizabeth Symes, the beloved wife of Henry Case, both natives of Dorset who died July 9th 1853 aged 29 years. A loving wife, a friend sincere, a tender mother layeth here. Also in memory of John Joseph Case second son of the above who went down with all hands on board the Calipp tea clipper bound for China in August 1871 aged 22 years 6 months "And the sea shall give up her dead''

Details

Type: Gravestone
Materials: Portland stone
Vessel: Calipp

People

Case, John Joseph
Age: 22
Date of Death: 8/1871
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).