Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Memorial in the Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London commemorating Charles Melville Hays d. 1912 in the loss of the RMS ‘Titanic’

Location

Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / Charles Melville Hays / President of the Grand Trunk / And Grand Trunk Pacific Railway / Companies of Canada, Who Lost His Life on April 15th 1912, By the Foundering/in Mid-Atlantic, of the Steamship / 'TITANIC', through Collision With An / Iceberg, While on Her Maiden Voyage / From Southampton to New York / A memorial Service Was held in This / Church Simultaneously With One at / Montreal, On Thursday, April 25th 1912 / This Tablet With The kind Permission of The / Rector And Churchwardens, Was Placed Here / By the Directors Of the Grand Trunk Railway / Company of Canada, In Recognition of Mr Hays / Great Services To the Company, And of His / High Character in Public and Private Life'

Details

Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Hays, Charles Melville
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Captain Christopher William Finlay d. 1845 in the loss of the ‘Calargui’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Christopher William FINLAY. Captain of the ship Calargui who with 416 souls perished on the 4th August 1845 in the ill-fated vessel on her voyage to Fort Phillip with Emigrants'

Details

Vessel: Calargui

People

Finlay, Christopher William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1845
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 593. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site.

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Memorial at St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire commemorating Frederick Bates d. 1919

Location

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN FREDERICK BATES / OF THE S.S. "MEROE". / COMMODORE OF THE / MOSS STEAMSHIP CO. LIVERPOOL / TORPEDOED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN / OCTOBER 29TH 1916, AND DIED AS / A RESULT OF SHELLSHOCK / FEBRUARY 17TH 1919. AGED 57 YEARS. / "I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, / I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH."

Details

Vessel: SS Meroe

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Bates, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 17/2/1919
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Moss Steamship Co

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Notes: SS 'Meroe' sunk by 'U-63'.

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas King d. 1898

Location

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'...In memory of Thomas Worthington King and his family all lost on the Mohegan October 14th 1898. Bell no 5 has been placed in the church by his brother William Neil King of Cincinatti Ohio USA'

Details

Type: Brass plaque
Vessel: Mohegan

People

King, Thomas Worthington
Age:
Date of Death: 14/10/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Joseph Willis d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'JOSEPH M WILLIS aged 18 lost in the Smack 'Pride' in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Pride

People

Willis, Joseph W.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 12/12/1883
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).

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William R. Burgess d. 1881 in the loss of the ‘St Mirren’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM R BURGESS, eldest son of William and Sarah A Burgess, who was lost at sea by the foundering of the ship 'St Mirren', on her voyage from Calcutta to Liverpool in the year 1881, aged 16 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H479
Vessel: St Mirren

People

Burgess, William R.
Age: 16
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Recorder: Martin Davies, April 1985, Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Cross at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating Alfred Cooper d. 1907

Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory / of / ALFRED / THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF / E, COOPER / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ON THE S.S. BERLIN / FEBRUARY 21ST 1907 / AGED 40 YEARS'

Details

Description: Stone cross with a base of two steps. Inscription in lead letters.
Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Cooper, Alfred
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Cabin Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

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Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Sydney Butler James d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Rosario’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Florence Singleton / the dearly beloved daughter of / David and Frances James / who died Aug 21st 1908 / in her 19th year / Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God / Also of their beloved sons / Sydney Butler James / who lost his life by enemy action on SS Rosario / Aug 18th 1917 aged 29 /And David Robert, eldest son / who fell asleep June 28th 1924, aged 41 / Also of their beloved parents David and Frances Jane James.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Rosario

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

James, Sydney Butler
Age: 29
Date of Death: 18/8/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: SS 'Rosario'sunk by U-boat in the Atlantic, only one survivor.

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Plaque at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating the engineer officers lost in HMS ‘Captain’ 1870

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / The Undermentioned Engineer Officers / who perished on HMS Captain / off the coast of Spain on the 7th Septr / 1870 / George Rock Chief Engr. / Willm C. Moreton Engr. / Peter Baldwin Engr. / Fredk Pursell Engr. / John H. Willis Engr. / George H. Barnes Engr. / George P Gardiner Ass. Engr. 1st Class / Thomas W. Curtis Ass. Engr. 1st Class / Alfred Purkis Ass. Engr. 2nd Class'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: to right of altar
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Baldwin, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Barnes, George H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curtis, Thomas W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gardiner, George P.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Moreton, William C.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Purkis, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 2nd Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Pursell, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Rock, George
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Willis, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

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

Wall tablet at St John The Evangelist’s Church, Goole commemorating the crew of the SS ‘Colne’, foundered in 1906

Location

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

Transcript

'In loving memory of twelve brave men who lost their lives in doing their duty on board the S.S. Colne which foundered in the North Sea on March 12th 1906. Edward Palmer Wells Alcock Chief Officer 48 years Robert Cleave 2nd Officer 55 yrs Robert Morley Chief Engineer 41 yrs Thos Hubert Elwood 2nd Engineer 43 yrs Harvey Abson A.B. 23 yrs Peter Frieberg A.B. unknown age Ralph Snowden Fireman 24 years Thos. Henry Middleton Fireman 33 yrs Geo. Edward Harrison Fireman 39 yrs John Smith Fireman 37 yrs Harvey Chappell Fireman 27 yrs Charles Axup Fireman 25 yrs In the midst of life we are in death... Erected by relatives of the above and a few friends who mourn their loss, Goole, June 1906'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: SS Colne

People

Abson, Harvey
Age: 23
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Alcock, Edward Palmer Wells
Age: 48
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation:
Axup, Charles
Age: 25
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Chappell, Harvey
Age: 27
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Cleave, Robert
Age: 55
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation:
Elwood, Thomas Hubert
Age: 43
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation:
Frieberg, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Harrison, George Edward
Age: 39
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Middleton, Thomas Henry
Age: 33
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Morley, Robert
Age: 41
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation:
Smith, John
Age: 37
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Snowden, Ralph
Age: 24
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:

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