Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Meteriana, Boscastle, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Boscastle, Cornwall dedicated to Gerald Alford d. 1940

Location

St Meteriana, Boscastle, Cornwall, England

Details

Type: Plaque
Vessel: HMS Glorious

People

Alford, Gerald Roose
Age: 17
Date of Death: 8/6/1940
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 25.

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Memorial in St Gregory’s Church, Seaton, Devon commemorating William Henry Paulson midshipman RN d. 1817

Location

St Gregory's Church, Seaton, Devon, England

Transcript

'...who with 8 seamen all Volunteers perished in a gale of wind off Sidmouth whilst cruising in a galley for the prevention of smuggling on the 13th of June 1817 in the 23rd year of his age'

Details

Vessel: HMS 'Queen Charlotte'

People

Paulson, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 13/6/1817
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: At the time of death was commanding a gallery with eight volunteer men ‘for the prevention of smuggling’.
Bibliography: Lisa Newcombe 'Smuggling in Cornwall and Devon'.

All Saints' Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

Wall tablet at All Saints’ Church, Northampton commemorating Thomas Osborn d. 1809 in the loss of Indiaman ‘Jane Duchess of Gordon’

Location

All Saints' Church, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

Transcript

'Near / THE FOOT OF THIS PILLAR / REST THE REMAINS OF / ALDERMAN GEORGE OSBORN, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / MAY 7TH 1827, AGED 73. / FRANCES, HIS BELOVED WIFE, / DIED SEP 23RD 1790, AGED 29 YEARS. / THOMAS, THEIR SECOND SON, / AGED 21 YEARS; / LATE OFFICER OF THE HON. EAST INDIA COMP`S / SHIP "JANE DUCHESS OF GORDON" / WHICH FOUNDERED IN A VIOLENT STORM / IN THE MONTH OF MARCH 1809, / WITH SEVERAL OTHER INDIAMEN / OFF THE MAURITIUS ON THEIR PASSAGE / TO ENGLAND / THE WHOLE OF THEIR CREWS PERISHING. / ALTHOUGH CUT OFF EARLY IN THE CAREER / OF HIS PROFESSION HE HAD ATTAINED / THAT DEGREE OF PRACTICAL SKILL AS A / NAVIGATOR, COUPLED WITH UNREMITTING G/ ATTENTION TO HIS DUTIES AS A SEAMAN, / ON ALL OCCASIONS, THAT SECURED TO HIM / THE CONFIDENCE OF HIS COMMANDERS, / AND ESTEEM OF HIS BROTHER OFFICERS'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: 'Jane, Duchess of Gordon'

People

Osborn, Thomas
Age: 21
Date of Death: 3/1809
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Charles Russell d. 1889

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'CHARLES RUSSELL aged 26 lost with the Smack Perseverence in the North Sea [Particulars unknown] May 1889'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Perseverance

People

Russell, Charles
Age: 26
Date of Death: 5/1889
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Memorial in All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon commemorating Lieutenant James Kelly RN d. 1802

Location

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / JAMES FRANCIS KELLY ESQUIRE / Lieutenant of the Royal Navy / He was born at Jamaica in 1771 / and / was shipwrecked off this coast on the / 3rd September 1802. He served his country with the greatest distinction / during the whole of the late war / in the Channel, in the East and West Indies / in the Mediterranean, in the North Seas / and / in Egypt. / He particularly distinguished himself in the summer of 1800 / in the Command of the Boats of His Majesty's Ship 'Mermaid' / with which upon different occasions / (in one of which he was severely wounded) / he captured vessels of very superior force / belonging to the Enemy. / This stone / erected by the Direction of LORD BORINGDON / is intended as a tribute of respect / to the memory of / an active, brave and intelligent Officer / and of / a good and Amiable Man'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: HMS Mermaid

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Kelly, James Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 3/9/1802
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Wall tablet in St John’s Church, Goole commemorating George William Cawthorn d. 1923 in the loss of the SS ‘Merville’

Location

St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'George William Cawthorn, who perished with the foundering of the S.S. Merville in the North Sea on 23 March 1923. Erected by Ada Cawthorn, his widow "They that go down to the sea in ships, these men see the works of the Lord"'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: West wall of south aisle
Vessel: SS Merville

People

Cawthorn, George William
Age:
Date of Death: 23/3/1923
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Russell d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM RUSSELL Aged 60 Lost in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Russell, William
Age: 60
Date of Death: 1/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Wall plaque dedicated to those of the parish of Holy Trinity, Southampton who lost their lives aboard the SS ‘Titanic’, lost 1912

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF THE / FOLLOWING MEN FROM / THIS PARISH WHO LOST / THEIR LIVES BY THE SINKING / OF THE S.S. TITANIC ON THE / NIGHT OF APRIL 14TH - 15TH 1912 / W. BUNNELL AGED 20 / A. CURTIS AGED 26 / W.W. HAWKESWORTH AGED 43 / A. JOHNSON AGED 47 / T.F. PENNAL AGED 34 / B.R. RUSSELL AGED 17 / F.C. SIMMONS AGED 25 / G.F. TALBOT AGED 20 / A. VEAL AGED 35 / W.E. WARD AGED 34 / E.L. WATERIDGE AGED 25 / F.H. WORMALD AGED 46 / THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY / PARISHIONERS & FRIENDS / And the sea gave up the / dead which were in it'

Details

Type: Wall plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Bunnell, W.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plate washer
Organisation:
Curtis, A.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hawkesworth, W. W.
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant deck steward
Organisation:
Johnson, A.
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Nightwatchman
Organisation:
Pennal, T. F.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bath steward
Organisation:
Russell, B. R.
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Simmons, F. C.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Talbot, G. F.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Veal, A.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
Ward, W. D.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Saloon Steward
Organisation:
Wateridge, E. L.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration).

St Edith's Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire, England

Wall tablet in St Edith’s Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire commemorating Alfred Angelo Ashington d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Edith's Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of Alfred Angelo Ashington midshipman R.N. second son of Henry and Frances Ashington born 3rd Dec 1852. Lost in his 18th year in H.M.S. Captain which foundered off Cape Finisterre on the Morning of 7th Sept 1870'

Details

Type: Tablet
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Ashington, Alfred Angelo
Age: 17
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: C.Q. Flunhian.

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, Essex, England

Memorial at Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, commemorating Captain William Mason Inglis d. 1854

Location

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Mason Inglis, Captain Royal Engineers, who while serving in the Siege of Sebastopol, was lost in the wreck of the 'Prince' at Balaclava 14 Nov 1854 aged 32'

Details

Vessel: Prince

Event

Crimea War

Event Date

1853-1856

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Inglis, William Mason
Age: 32
Date of Death: 14/11/1854
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: British Army

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