Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial in Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, dedicated to the officers and men of HMS ‘Eurydice’ d. 1878

Location

Shanklin cemetery, Lake, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF H.M.S. "EURYDICE" /
WHICH FOUNDERED OFF SHANKLIN / MARCH 24TH 1878 / SEVEN OF WHOM ARE BURIED HERE / ERECTED BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONS / AND UNVEILED BY / LADY ISABEL ATHERLEY / JUNE 23RD 1880'

Details

Description: A rock with a draped anchor and gun above.
Type: Memorial
Vessel: HMS Eurydice

Extra

Bibliography: E.H. Verney 'The last four days of the Eurydice' (Portsmouth, 1879) pp. 58-63 (list of ship's company).

Maryport, Cumbria, England

Gravestone in Maryport, Cumbria dedicated to John Collins d.1831

Location

Maryport, Cumbria, England

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Experiment

People

Collins, John
Age:
Date of Death: 12/1831
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool  commemorating James Alexander McCubbin d. 1915 in the loss of the ‘Lusitania’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Also JAMES ALEXANDER McCUBBIN drowned by the sinking of the R.M.S. 'LUSITANIA' May 7th 1915, aged 62 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: A5
Vessel: RMS Lusitania

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

McCubbin, James Alexander
Age: 62
Date of Death: 7/5/1915
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Chief Purser
Organisation: Cunard Line

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Notes: 'Lusitania' torpedoed by 'U-20' off Irish Coast.

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Gravestone at St George’s Church, Deal, Kent commemorating William Follett d. 1827 in the loss of the ‘Trephina’

Location

St George's Church, Deal, Kent, England

Transcript

'William Follett, wrecked on the Goodwin Sands on the night of the 11th Dec 1827 when he and five more were drowned'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: ‘Tryphina'

People

Follett, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/12/1827
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

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Notes: The Goodwin Sands is a sandbank around four miles offshore near Ramsgate, Kent. The ‘Trephina' was an British ship, wrecked with the loss of all but one crew member. The gravestone sighted 2003, behind Deal Maritime Museum where it had been taken for safekeeping.

Bibliography: John Laker 'History of Deal' (Deal 1917).

St Hilary's Church, Wallasey, Merseyside, England

Gravestone at St Hilary’s Church, Wallasey commemorating John McGregor d. 1878 in the collision between ‘Gem’ and ‘Bowfell’

Location

St Hilary's Church, Wallasey, Merseyside, England

Transcript

'John McGregor, drowned in the 'Gem' disaster, aged 36'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Gem

People

McGregor, John B.
Age:
Date of Death: 26/11/1878
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: 'Liverpool Mercury' (28 Nov 1878). John McGregor was a bookkeeper.

St Mark's Church, Malew, Isle of Man

Gravestone at St Mark’s Church, Malew, Isle of Man commemorating Frederick  Craine d. 1896 in the loss of the schooner ‘J.W. Campbell’

Location

St Mark's Church, Malew, Isle of Man

Transcript

'In Loving Memory of / John CRAINE / Miner St Johns / who died 22nd April 1835 / Aged 57 years / Also FREDERICK / son of the above JOHN & CATHERINE CRAINE / He perished at sea with others / on the schooner J.W. Campbell / of Gloucester Mass. U.S. America / which was capsized in a squall and / sunk off Long Island on the 17th April 1896 / aged 39 years / Also of CATHERINE / wife of the above named JOHN CRAINE / who died 19th March 1916 / in the 89th year of her age.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: J.W. Campbell

People

Craine, Frederick
Age: 39
Date of Death: 17/4/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Memorial at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, Suffolk commemorating James Sterry,  James William Sterry and John Page Sterry, d.1836 in the loss of the ‘Lady Nelson’

Location

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'James STERRY, master mariner also James William and John Page STERRY his sons, who lost their lives by shipwreck on the night of 25 Dec 1836'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Lady Nelson

People

Sterry, James
Age: 49
Date of Death: 25/12/1836
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation: Unknown
Sterry, James William
Age: 23
Date of Death: 25/12/1836
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation: Unknown
Sterry, John Page
Age: 15
Date of Death: 25/12/1836
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation: Unknown

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Bibliography: Note says James died whilst on board ship from Rotterdam to London 1836, on 'Lady Nelson' off Margate. The vessel left port on the 23rd December and failed to arrive having presumably foundered.

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Memorial at St Andrew’s Cathedral to the crew of the barque ‘Merlin’ of Sunderland, wrecked 1881

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Location

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

'ERECTED / BY / THE PUBLIC OF ST ANDREWS / IN MEMORY OF / THE CREW OF THE BARQUE MERLIN / OF SUNDERLAND / WHICH WAS WRECKED AT ST ANDREWS / ON THE 5TH OF MARCH 1881. / THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF THE CREW / CAPT GRIFFITH LEWIS, AGED 41 YEARS / J.G. BROWN, AGED 28 YEARS / W. CARTY AGED 24 YEARS / BENJAMIN PITT AGED 64 YEARS / C. COULSON AGED 20 YEARS / JOHN NEAL AGED 26 YEARS / CUTHBERT DIXON AGED 24 YEARS / S. ROWE AGED 18 YEARS / CHARLES SWINNEY AGED 19 YEARS / R. HETHERINGTON AGED 19 YEARS / LYNN KLAAS POST AGED 39 YEARS'

Details

Description: Headstone with triangular top and elaborate pinnacle, as well as a Gothic influence in the design details, esp. around the 'shoulders'. Inscription incised, memorial painted in light grey.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Merlin

People

Brown, J. G.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Carty, W.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Coulson, C.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Dixon, Cuthbert
Age: 24
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hetherington, R.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Lewis, Griffith
Age: 41
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Neal, John
Age: 26
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Pitt, Benjamin
Age: 64
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Post, Lynn Klaas
Age: 39
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Rowe, S.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Swinney, Charles
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Charles Occleshead d. 1870 in the loss of the ‘City of Boston’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Charles Occleshead, lost on steamship City of Boston which sailed from Halifax 28 Jan 1870'

Details

Vessel: SS City of Boston

People

Occleshead, Charles
Age: 29
Date of Death: 28/1/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Inman Line

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 65. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site. The 'City of Boston' Inman Line, foundered on a voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool. Occleashead was 4th Engineer on 'The City of Limerick' in 1869.

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Plaque dedicated to Frank Turner d. 1892 in St Nicholas Church, Bristol.

Location

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Frank Turner, aged 17 years / Apprentice on board the Bristol Barque / Payta / Which was lost on her voyage from Pisagua / July 1892 / Erected by his sorrowing parents'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Staircase
Materials: Brass
Vessel: Payta

People

Turner, Frank
Age: 17
Date of Death: 7/1892
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:

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Notes: Removed to St Nicholas from The Missions to Seamen Institute in 1981.
Bibliography: Josephine Teague 'The Missions to Seamen Church and Institute Bristol'.