Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Molland, Devon, England

Wall tablet in Molland, Devon dedicated to Frances Dovell and her son who died in a shipwreck in 1850

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Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Molland, Devon, England

Transcript

'THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF / FRANCES DOVELL, AGED 47 YEARS / AND WILLIAM HENRY QUARTLY DOVELL, AGED 12 YEARS, / (YOUNGEST DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON OF THE LATE / HENRY QUARTLY AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE, / OF THIS PARISH) THE BELOVED WIFE AND SON OF / CAPT WILLIAM DOVELL / OF THE PORT OF BRISTOL: WHO UNFORTUNATELY PERISHED / BY SHIPWRECK ON THE NIGHT OF 19TH OF DEC. 1850 / ON THEIR VOYAGE TO THE WEST INDIES, THE UNFORTUNATE OCCURANCE / TOOK PLACE AT LAGE, NEAR CORUNNA IN SPAIN, WHERE 16 PERSONS, / CONSTITUTING WITH BUT ONE EXCEPTION / THE WHOLE CREW AND PASSENGERS OF THE SHIP 'ADELAIDE'/ FOUND A WATERY GRAVE. / CAPT. DOVELL THE BEREAVED SURVIVOR OF THIS MOURNFUL EVENT / WHO WAS MOST MIRACULOUSLY RESCUED, NOW A WIDOWER AND CHILDLESS / HERE RECORDS HIS ENDURING GRIEF'

Details

Description: Relief of sinking vessel above inscription tablet.


Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Artists: J. Thomas
Vessel: Adelaide

People

Dovell, Frances
Age: 47
Date of Death: 19/12/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Dovell, William Henry Quartly
Age: 12
Date of Death: 19/12/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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Notes: Also of William Henry Quartly Dovell. d. 1850

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wall tablet at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh commemorating Charlotte Elphinston and John Elphinston d. 1815 in the wreck of the East Indiaman ‘Alexander’

Location

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Transcript

'This tablet is erected to memory of Charlotte Elphinston, aged 6 years, and of John Elphinston aged 5 years, children of John Elphinston, Esq., Member of Council Bombay, who, to the inexpressible sorrow of their affectionate parents, were drowned in the wreck of the 'Alexander', East India Ship, on the coast of Weymouth, the 26th March 1815. By their father's direction, their remains were here deposited with the ashes of their kindred, by friends who once hoped to be delighted with their innocence and cheerfulness, and to assist in the pleasing task of cherishing and improving their opening virtues and talents. But the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.'

Details

Description: One of three wall tablets.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: West Wall exterior
Vessel: Alexander

People

Elphinston, Charlotte
Age: 6
Date of Death: 26/3/1816
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Honourable East India Company
Elphinston, John
Age: 5
Date of Death: 26/3/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Bibliography: John Smith, Edited Sir James Balfour Paul 'Monumental Inscriptions in St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Edinburgh' Scottish Records Society (Edinburgh, 1915).

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutland, England

Memorial to Commander Montague Wriothesley Noel RN, d. 1941, at Exton, Rutland.

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutland, England

Transcript

'In thankful memory of / MONTAGUE WRIOTHESLEY NOEL / Commander Royal Navy / Son of Admiral Charles Noel / Born November 12th 1892 / During the First World War / he was twice decorated / with the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal / for life-saving at sea / Having retired in 1935/ he was appointed Financial Secretary to / the Diocese of Lichfield / and lay reader therein / but on t he renewed outbreak of war / he volunteered forthwith for active service again/ and on April 6th 1941 / while on Convoy duty in the English Channel / gave his life for his men / Joyful, courageous and loving of heart / fervent in spirit serving the Lord / he brought men to CHRIST / GOD is love and he that dwelleth in love / dwelleth in GOD and GOD in him'

Details

Description: At top, coat of arms with motto: 'TOUT BIEN OU RIEN'.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Torrent

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Noel, Montague Wriothesley
Age: 49
Date of Death: 6/4/1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Name on Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial at Lowestoft. HMS 'Torrent' ex 'Anna Marie', sunk by mine off Falmouth.
Bibliography: 'The Times' 5 May 1941 p.1

Anglican Church, Concepcion Chile

Location

Anglican Church, Concepcion Chile

Transcript

'To the glory of God and in memory of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock KCVC CB and the officers and men under his command who fell gloriously in the naval action off Santa Maria Island, Coronel, November 1st, 1914. "God forbid that I should do this thing, and flee away from them; if our time be come, let us die manfully for our bretheren, and let us not stain our honour." 1 Maccabees IX-10'

Details

Type: Plaque

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel 1914

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

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

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Sea front, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England

Tablet on the sea front, Ryde, Isle of Wight, commemorating officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines drowned in the sinking of ‘Royal George’ 1782

Location

Sea front, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF THE MANY OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE ROYAL NAVY AND ROYAL MARINES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AT SPITHEAD ON THE 29TH AUGUST 1782 AND WHO LIE BURIED ALONG THIS SEA FRONT AND HERE BY FRIEND UNKNOWN, UNMARKED, UNWEPT, THEY REST', 'UNVEILED BY EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA 31ST AUGUST 1965'

Details

Description: With a relief of the 'Royal George'.
Type: Tablet
Position: Wall
Materials: Bronze
Vessel: HMS Royal George

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Notes: 'Royal George' sank at anchor off Spithead 29 August 1782.

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Brass at Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton commemorating purser Reginald Lomond Barker lost in RMS ‘Titanic’ 1912

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / REGINALD LOMOND BARKER, / who perished whilst on duty / S.S. TITANIC / April 15th 1912. Aged 42 years. / "Nearer my God to Thee"'

Details

Type: Wall plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Barker, Reginald Lomond
Age: 42
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Purser
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Bibliography: 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' Brian Ticehurst (illustration).

St Michael's Church, Bugle Street, Southampton, England

Wall monument in St Michael’s Church, Southampton commemorating those lost in SS ‘Amazon’ 1852

Location

St Michael's Church, Bugle Street, Southampton, England

Transcript

'ERECTED BY THE ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY / IN HONOUR OF THE CAPTAIN, OFFICERS AND CREW / WHO PERISHED BY THE DESTRUCTION OF THE AMAZON / STEAM SHIP BY FIRE AT SEA ON THE 4TH JANY 1852 / WILLIAM SYMONS-CAPTAIN / HENRY ROBERTS-CHIEF OFFICER / CHAS HENRY TREWEEKE-2ND OFFICER / JOHN LEWIS-THIRD OFFICER / GEO. FRED. GOODRIDGE-FOURTH OFFICER / FRAN. EDM. STAINFORTH-MIDSHIPMAN / WILLIAM KAHLED STUART-MIDSHIPMAN / JAS. FULLERTON MD-SURGEON / MATTHEW H. STRUTT-PURSER / THOS. W. SHAPCOTT-PURSERS ASSIST. / GEORGE ANGUS-CHIEF ENGINEER / WILLIAM BASTIN-THIRD ENGINEER / ANDREW FERGUSON-FIFTH ENGINEER / FREDERICK DAVEY-SIXTH ENGINEER / DAVID DAVIS-BOATSWAIN / JAMES MURCHIE-CARPENTER / JOHN BLAKE-BEDROOM STEWARD / ELIZABETH SCOTT-STEWARDESS / 50 ABLE SEAMEN, FIREMEN, COAL TRIMMERS, AND SERVANTS'

Details

Description: Stone gothic tracery round a brass inscription tablet. Anchor and oak leaves above the inscription tablet. A panel of sea shells flanked by dolphins at the base.
Type: Wall monuments
Position: South aisle
Materials: Stone, brass
Vessel: SS Amazon

People

Angus, George
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Bastin, William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 3rd Engineer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Blake, John
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bedroom steward
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Davey, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 6th Engineer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Davis, David
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Ferguson, Andrew
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 5th Engineer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Fullerton, James
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Goodridge, George Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 4th Officer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Lewis, John
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 3rd Officer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Murchie, James
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Roberts, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Scott, Elizabeth
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Stewardess
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Shapcott, Thomas W.
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Purser's assistant
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Stainforth, Francis Edmund
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Strutt, Matthew H.
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Purser
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Stuart, William Kahled
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Symons, William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Treweeke, Charles Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 4/1/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation: Royal Mail Steam Packet Co

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St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London, England

Wall tablet at St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe commemorating Lee Boo d. 1784

Location

St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London, England

Transcript

'IN THE ADJACENT CHURCHYARD LIES THE BODY OF / PRINCE LEE BOO / SON OF ABBA THULLE, RUPACK OF KING OF THE ISLAND / COOROORAA, ONE OF THE PELEW OR PALOS ISLANDS; / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT THE HOUSE OF / CAPTAIN HENRY WILSON IN PARADISE ROW IN THIS PARISH / ON THE 27 DAY OF DECEMBER 1784 AGED 20 YEARS / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED / BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA IN COUNCIL / TO KEEP ALIVE THE MEMORY OF THE HUMANE TREATMENT, SHEWN BY THE NATIVES TO THE CREW OF THE HONOURABLE / EAST INDIA COMPANY'S SHIP 'ANTELOPE' WHICH WAS WRECKED / OFF THE ISLAND OF COOROORAA ON THE 9TH OF AUGUST 1783 / "THE BARBAROUS PEOPLE SHOWED US NO LITTLE KINDNESS" ACTS XXVIII, 2 / 1892'

Details

Description: Husk swags below the inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall of interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HEIC Antelope

People

Lee Boo, Lee Boo
Age: 20
Date of Death: 27/12/1784
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Church of St John the Evangelist, Ryhall, Rutland, England

Headstone at Church of St John the Evangelist, Ryhall, Rutland commemorating John Cornelius Morley d. 1866 in the loss of the SS ‘London’

Location

Church of St John the Evangelist, Ryhall, Rutland, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of John Morley who died 24 October 1865 aged 76 years. The grass withereth the flower fadeth yet the word of the Lord endureth for ever. Also in affectionate remembrance of John Cornelius son of the above aged 54 years who lost his life with 219 others in the steam ship London on her passage to Australia January 11 1866. Thy way is in the sea and thy path in the great waters and thy footsteps are not known'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: South east side of church near path
Vessel: SS London

People

Morley, John Cornelius
Age: 54
Date of Death: 11/1/1866
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: SS 'London' foundered in bad weather in the Bay of Biscay.

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Charles Philip Bain d. 1881

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Cecilla Phillips, who departed this life 1st February 1882, aged 66 years. Also of CHARLES PHILLIP BAIN, grandson of the above, lost at sea in the ship 'LORD STRATHNAIRN' January 1881, aged 26 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Vessel: Lord Strathnairn

People

Bain, Charles Phillip
Age: 26
Date of Death: 1/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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