Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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).

Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, West Sussex, England

Brass in Arundel Cathedral commemorating Cuthbert Bernard Taylor d.1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, West Sussex, England

Transcript

'Of your charity pray for the Repose of the Soul of Cuthbert Bernard Taylor who perished in the wreck of the Titanic April 15 1912 aged 22 years. De Profundis Clamavi'

Details

Description: Engraved with a foul anchor.
Type: Brass
Position: North wall of nave
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Taylor, Cuthbert Bernard
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

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

St Nicholas's Church, Harwich, Essex, England

Memorial at St Nicholas’s Church, Harwich, commemorating Captain William Hewett RN d. 1840

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'Captain William Hewett, Royal Navy, and the Officers and crew of Her Majesty's Ship Fairy who all perished off Southwold in the storm of 13 November 1840, while engaged in the survey of the North Sea. This tablet is erected by the officers and crew of HM Ship Shearwater appointed to complete that survey 1841'

Details

Vessel: HMS Fairy

People

Hewett, William
Age:
Date of Death: 13/11/1840
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Fairy'. Brig Sloop. Built 25/4/1826. Survey vessel 1830.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Edward Cook d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'EDWARD COOK aged 63 of Shotley Master of the smack 'Walter & Henry' lost in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Walter and Henry

People

Cook, Edward
Age: 65
Date of Death: 12/12/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

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